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Shipping Eyes Brazilian Ore Exports

Image: Vale S.A.

 Following the plunge in dry bulk freight market, shipping companies are banking on increased iron ore exports from Brazil to China and India to shore up freight rates, reports the Hindu Businessline.   Hauling ore from Brazil to China will cost almost double than that from Australia.  So in the current situation, ship-owners feel an increased flow of iron ore from Brazil, the world’s second largest producer, could boost the rates, as hauling the ore from there to China cost almost double than that from Australia.   Brazil accounts for almost 25% of the global market share of iron ore’s trade volume. Brazil is home to one of the largest mining companies, Vale S.A.    Brazil’s Ministry of Industry, Development and Foreign Trade had, last month, said iron ore exports from the country had increased by over 17 per cent in December to cross 37 million tonnes (mt), compared with the year-ago month.   Vale increased output is reflected in Brazilian iron ore exports for December. The volumes from Brazil surged to 37.39 million tons in December, which is a huge 44% month-over-month.    Shivakumar, Group CFO of Great Eastern Shipping hoped that Brazil is able to sell their iron ore more competitively than the Australians, because Brazilian iron ore to China is the best possible thing to happen to dry bulk shipping.


Australia's Iron Ore Miners Hang Tough as Prices Fall

By James Regan, Reuters If Australian miners are worried about the dramatic decline in iron ore prices, it doesn't show. At an annual gathering of many of the world's biggest and smallest iron ore producers here the mood is upbeat - as if the heftiest one-day fall in ore prices since the global financial crisis never happened. "Iron ore mining isn't tennis, it's a contact sport," said David Flanagan, chairman of Atlas Iron Ltd


China's Qingdao Port Probing Iron Ore Financing Fraud

China's Qingdao port said on Wednesday it is investigating whether iron ore warehouse receipts were fraudulently used multiple times to raise finance from different banks, Xinhua news agency reported. The probe is focussed on one trader with iron ore receipts, the Chinese news agency said. It follows a broad investigation earlier this year by Chinese authorities into the use of iron ore as collateral in financing deals.


Australia's Port Hedland Iron Ore Exports to China Rise

Port Hedland: Pilbara Ports Authority

 Iron ore shipments to China from Western Australia's Port Hedland, the world's biggest terminal for shipments of the steelmaking raw material, rose 3.3% from February to 31.2 million mt in March.    While the rise is partly attributable to fewer shipping days in February, it also underscores efforts by Australian miners to displace China’s domestic production of iron ore. It also indicates that demand remained strong despite weakness in the market.  


Essar Ports Acquires Vizag Port's Iron Ore Complex

Vishakhapatnam Port Trust’s Iron Ore Handling Complex on a Build-Operate-Transfer basis

  Essar Ports Ltd. (EPL) today announced the taking over of Vishakhapatnam Port Trust’s (VPT) Iron Ore Handling Complex on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, for a period of 30 years. Essar Vizag Terminals Ltd. (EVTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of EPL, will comprise three berths (two outer harbour berths and one inner harbour berth) with a combined capacity of 23 Million Tonnes per Annum (MTPA) which will be developed in two phases.


Dry Bulk Shipping Outlook Good

Graph: BIMCO

 The dry bulk commodity imports into and exports out of China we have seen in the first half of 2016 are very positive – and nothing short of extraordinary, says BIMCO.   But, putting it into perspective, compared to the devastating freight rate levels over the same period, it highlights that something is very wrong in the dry bulk market. The market is nowhere near balanced.   BIMCO’s data on seaborne iron ore imports into China, shows a growth of 9


Iron-Ore Ship Rates Rise as China Spends

Iron-Ore carrier daily rates rebound as China spends US$158-billion. Iron-ore ships are poised to earn more than operating costs for the first time this year as rates rally on speculation Chinese steel mills will accelerate imports because of a 1 trillion-yuan ($158 billion) building program, reports Bloomberg Business News. Capesizes, each carrying 160,000 metric tons of ore, will earn $12,500 a day in the fourth quarter


Vale Profit Falls Amidst Record Output

Brazilian miner Vale SA posted a sharp decline in profit from the previous quarter as lower iron ore prices undermined record production of the steel-making ingredient. Vale, the world's largest producer of iron ore, reported second-quarter net income of $1.43 billion, down 43 percent on the previous quarter and below the average analyst estimate of $1.89 billion in a Reuters survey. "It was a very challenging environment where the price of our most important product has dropped by


Great Lakes Freighters Getting Underway Again

The Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) announced that the 2016 shipping season on the Great Lakes began on March 2 when the tug/barge unit Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder loaded 4,600 tons of iron ore at Cleveland Bulk Terminal for delivery to ArcelorMittal Cleveland at the end of the navigable portion of the Cuyahoga River. That much iron ore will keep the mill in operation for about one day. The vessel could have delivered another 4,100 tons


Capesize ‘Uptick’ Not Strong Enough for an Upsurge

A rise in iron ore trade, higher steel prices and increased scrapping have all contributed to recent improvements but the outlook is fragile April 19, 2016. The latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International* analyses the recent uptick in the Capesize market and considers the positive trends and mitigating factors. MSI finds the indicators are relatively positive in the short-term for iron ore trade


Cortland Australia Bags Singapore Contract

Photo: Cortland Australia

Engineered rope specialist Cortland Australia said it has secured a contract to supply Singapore’s ASL Shipyards with high performance Plasma 12x12 towlines for BHP Billiton Towage Services’s new fleet of six RAstar85 ASD escort tugs.  


Pilbara Ports' Throughput Zooms

Port Hedland Photo Pilbara Ports Authority

Pilbara Ports Authority has delivered a total monthly throughput of 60.5 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of December 2016. This is an increase of 12% from the same month in 2015. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 44


Iron Ore Exports to China from Port Hedland hit record

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (CREDIT: Vale)

Port is world's biggest iron ore export terminal; iron ore prices soared 80 pct in 2016.   December iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal hit a record 37.4 million tonnes in December, boosted as users such as BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group ramped up


Sulu Sea Kidnappings a Threat to Shipping - IMB

File Image: Suspected pirates off Somalia are intercepted by authorities (CREDIT: IMB)

The Sulu Sea between eastern Malaysia and the Philippines has become dangerous for merchant shipping due to rising threat of kidnappings, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Tuesday.   The Sulu archipelago is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf


MOL ‘Tabletop Drill’ for Serious Marine Incident

Scene of Emergency Control Headquarters during the drill Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the company conducted a tabletop drill based on a scenario in which an iron ore carrier, managed by its group ship management company, collided with a breakwater, leaving it stranded in the Port of Kashima.


Shipping Shares Drop after Seanergy Maritime Offer

Photo: Seanergy Maritime

Shares of many shipping companies dropped in volatile trading, retracing more of their post-U.S. election gains after Seanergy Maritime Holdings on Friday became the latest shipper this week to announce a direct share offer pricing.  


Can Seaborne Trends Shine Any Light?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 World seaborne trade, whilst still growing at a relatively steady pace, has seen a slightly less rapid rate of growth since 2015, compared to both the longer-term historical average, and the more recent 2011-14 period, says Clarksons Research.  


‘Frothy’ Capesize Sector Threatens New Year Hangover for Dry Bulk

Photo: BSM

Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a firm festive season for the dry bulk market, swiftly followed by a New Year comedown.   In its latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster* MSI notes that after a steady fall in average daily TCE spot earnings in October


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Sliding as Overcapacity Weighs

File Image: a dry bulk vessel underway (CREDIT: Norden)

Capesize rates 26-33 pct higher than a year ago, but could fall towards Chinese New Year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may fall further next week as prospects for a pre-Christmas rally fade with ship supply outpacing cargo demand, ship brokers said.


China's Commodity Party Could Create Lingering Hangover

File image: A VLCC carrying crude oil underway (CREDIT: EurNav)

China has thrown the world's commodity producers and traders a massive party in the last few months, as evidenced by robust figures for November's imports of crude oil, iron ore and coal among others. But as all partygoers know, sooner or later the festivities come to an end


U.S.-Flag Lakes Cargos Up Nearly 7%

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 8.4 million tons of cargo in November, an increase of 6.7 percent compared to a year ago.  However, the November float was  6.7 percent below the month’s 5-year average.  


Traditional, Project Cargoes Transit St. Lawrence Seaway in November

© icholakov / Adobe Stock

“November was a good month for the export of agricultural products and shipments of aluminum ingots on the Great Lakes Seaway System,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “Under the binational trade development program known


St. Lawrence Seaway Expecting a Strong Finish

The Canada-flag Algolake loading wheat at the CHS elevator in the Port of Duluth-Superior. (Photo: Terry White / Chamber of Marine Commerce)

A strong finish to the St. Lawrence Seaway’s 2016 shipping season is expected as freighters deliver raw materials and exports for North America’s industrial and agricultural sectors before the waterway closes December 31.  


Great Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Up in November

© johnsroad7 / Adobe Stock

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.5 million tons in November, an increase of 13 percent compared to a year ago, Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Shipments were also slightly ahead of the month’s five-year average.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Firm on Tight Tonnage, Ample Cargo

File Image: a large bulk carrier underway (CREDIT: BSM)

Just handful of ships for Brazil loading in early January; coal, South African iron ore cargoes support rates.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could diverge with rates from Brazil to China nudging higher on a shortage of tonnage and those from






 
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