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CMES Establishes Subsidiary for Valemax

Valemax. Photo by Vale.

 China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd (CMES), the dry and wet bulk arm of state conglomerate China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited, has set up a wholly owned subsidiary China VLOC Company Limited to operate 400,000 dwt ore carriers in Hong Kong.   The new Hong Kong-based subsidiary will own the four Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) or "Valemax" vessels, purchased at a total price of $448m by CMES.   The 400,000-deadweight-tonne ships are some of the largest ships ever built and were sold under accords between Vale and China Merchants.   CMES had earlier entered into a deal for it to order 10 VLOCs against a 25-year contract of affreightment (COA) with Vale.   Vale Shipping Singapore, the vehicle that owns the valemaxes and subsidiary of Vale, will hand over the ownership of the giant ore carriers to CMES some time this month.   China Shipping Development (CSD) and Cosco have also together established a joint venture, China Ore Shipping, in Singapore in May to operate valemaxes.   China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ocean transportation activities in China. The company is involved in tanker transportation, bulk cargo transportation, liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel transportation.   


Vale Concludes Sale of VLOCs to Cosco

Vale Brasil. Photo by Vale

 Brazilian miner Vale has completed the sale of four other large iron ore carriers to China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), which was agreed last September.    This transaction is related to the agreement signed with Cosco on September 12, 2014.   The transaction amounted to 445 million dollars and the amount will be received by Vale upon delivery of the vessels to Cosco, which is scheduled to take place in June 2015.  


Capesize Rate Jump Driven By Japanese Steel Market

Booming Capesize rates have been driven by increased Japanese steel production more than they were by the August market raid by Belgium's Bocimar when it chartered about 35 ships, according to shipping sources. Capesize spot rates have doubled over the last three months with the market now looking for $15-16,000 for a Pacific round trip, compared with about $7,500 in August. Atlantic rates have also soared, although this is partly due to the grounding of the 274


China Policy Change Opens Door for Vale Mega-Ships

A Valemax bulk ship at the dock in Japan (photo: Vale)

China has amended rules around ships it will allow to berth at mainland ports, paving the way for Brazilian miner Vale to ship iron ore in its giant 400,000 deadweight tons (DWT) carriers. Vale's mega ships, the world's biggest bulk ore carriers, have been barred from China since January 2012 due to rules which disallowed ships of more than 250,000 dwt in capacity. An internal circular issued last week by the Ministry of Transport and seen by Reuters on Wednesday said it would now


STX Wins Shipbuilding Order

STX Shipbuilding won a $247.3m order from Europe to build two very large ore carriers, according to a Reuters report, with delivery scheduled for 2012.


CSD, Cosco JV to Buy Vale's Bulk Carriers

Ma Zehua (Chairman of Cosco Group),  Xu Lirong (Chairman of China Shipping Group) Murilo Ferreira (President&CEO of Vale) and Gurinder Singh(Director of Shipping & Distribution of Vale) attended the Signing Ceremony and signed the agreement on behalf of each party. Photo by Cosco

 China Shipping Development (CSD) and Cosco have established a joint venture (JV), China Ore Shipping Pte., in Singapore to purchase four 400,000 dwt ore carriers from Vale and operate them.   CSD and Cosco’s bulk shipping division Cosco Bulk Shipping holds 49% and 51% equity shares in the JV respectively.    China Ore Shipping will buy four second-hand valemax vessels from Vale Shipping Singapore Pte


Vale, Cosco to Cooperate on Iron Ore Shipping

Brazilian miner Vale SA reached a deal with China Ocean Shipping Co (Cosco) for transporting iron ore, a move that could help the Brazilian miner resolve a costly two-year ban on docking its mega-ships at Chinese ports. Vale said in a statement that it would transfer ownership of four very large iron ore carriers of 400,000 deadweight tons to Cosco. It would then lease them back from Cosco, the state-owned parent of top Chinese dry bulk shipper China Cosco , for 25 years.


Report: Valemax Vessels Could Call Other Ports

Vale SA, the iron-ore producer building a fleet of the world’s largest commodities ships, said its Vvalemax vessels carrying the raw material can stop at other countries if not allowed to enter Chinese ports, according to a Bloomberg report. The fleet, which will have the capacity to transport about 60 million metric tons of iron ore per year once fully in operation, can serve alternative ports including those in Malaysia and Oman. Vale is spending a reported $8


U.S.-Flag Fleet Moves Less Cargo

Reduced demand for domestically-made steel and uneven demand for stone from the construction industry again produced a shortfall in U.S.-Flag carriage on the Great Lakes in August. Cargo movement in U.S. bottoms totaled 12,761,930 net tons, a decrease of 8.3 percent. The season-long slump has now left a gap of 6.2 million tons between the end-of-August totals in 1999 and 1998. Steel mill-bound iron ore cargo slipped below six million tons in August


MOL Launches Iron Ore Carrier

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has launched one of the world’s largest iron ore carrier, the Brasil Maru (327,180 MT DWT). Naming and delivery ceremonies were held at the Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Chiba Works on December 7, 2007. It will transport Brazilian iron ore to Japan under a long-term contract with Nippon Steel Corporation. The new ship is the third-generation of MOL vessels to carry the Brasil Maru name


Yangzijiang Bags Orders for Six VLOCs

Photo: Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group

 China’s biggest private shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Ltd has won orders for six dry bulk carriers worth a combined US$510 million.   The 400,000 DWT very large ore carriers (VLOCs) are the largest dry bulk carriers ever awarded to the group


COSCO orders 10 Valemaxes from CSSC

Photo: Vale

 China Cosco Shipping Group has inked a contract with China State Shipbuilding Corp to build 10 valemaxes. The contract was signed on Thursday.   The giant bulk carriers will all be constructed at CSSC’s flagship yard, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, CCSG said in a press release


Valemax Mastermind Roger Agnelli Dies in a Plane Crash

Roger Agnelli. Photo: Vale SA

 The man responsible for giving the dry bulk industry the valemax died on Sunday  in a Sao Paulo plane crash.   Roger Agnelli, the former head of the Brazilian mining giant Vale, has died after his private jet crashed into a residential building in Sao Paulo, local media reported


Chinese Shippers Order for 30 Valemax Vessels

Valemax vessels. Photo: Vale

 The Chinese shipping companies - Chinese shipping majors Cosco Group, China Merchants Group and ICBC Financial Leasing Co- ordered 30 Valemaxes worth a combined $2.5 billion for delivery starting from 2018, deployed on Brazil-China trade routes, reports WSJ.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Flat as Rally Fades

A ValeMax buk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Higher fuel prices could help lift freight rates - Shanghai broker. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to hold around the current levels, after a revival in charter rates this week ran out of steam as the fundamentals of too many ships chasing little cargo


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


Recent Vessel Sales - December 2015

Vessel sales for December 2015 (as of January 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD Bulk Carriers 12/10 - AMINE BULKER - 28,700 - 07 - (8) - $6.3


Vale Completes Sale of 4 Ore Carriers to Chinese Consortium

File image (Vale): a Valemax Bulk carrier at the berth loading cargo.

Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA said late on Tuesday in a filing it had completed the sale of four very large ore carriers (VLOC), also known as Valemax class ships, to a consortium lead by ICBC Financial Leasing. ICBC is a subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited.


Vale Says Ships Sale, Leaseback Could Fetch $1.1 Bln

Brazil's Vale SA said on Friday that it plans to sell its 11 remaining Valemax iron ore carriers and lease them back in transactions that could raise $1.1 billion. Vale has said it has experienced some delay in selling the ships, the key to its attempt to cut transportation costs between its


It's All in the Planning

Photo courtesy of BMT Group

Continuing voracious demand for mined materials in China, India and other developing nations has led to an associated requirement for increased bulk terminal capacity for both export by suppliers and import by users. Whether developing an existing facility or building from scratch it is imperative


Great Lakes Ore Trade Dips in August

Photo: Interlake Steamship

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.9 million tons in August, a decrease of 19 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).   LCA said the ore trade was suppressed by continued high steel imports levels


Vale Sells Four 'ValeMax' Bulkers to China Merchants

A ValeMax very large ore carrier (file image: Vale)

Brazilian mining company Vale SA said on Thursday that it expects to receive $448 million from the sale of four dry-bulk iron ore ships to China's state-owned China Merchants Energy Shipping Co in September. The 400,000-deadweight-tonne ships


Foreign Steel Cuts Lakers’ Ore Float in June

 With foreign steel now commanding nearly 32 percent of the U.S. market, it was inevitable that iron ore cargos hauled in U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) would take a hit, and that hit came in June, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Cargos totaled 4


Mega Valemax Enteres China for First Time in Two Years

 Valemax “Yuan Zhuo Hai”. Pic: China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco)

 Mega-ore carrier  Valemax  Yuan Zhuo Hai, which is owned by China Ore Shipping,  has arrived Dongjiakou Port in Qingdao for unloading iron ore. This is the first entry of such a bulk carrier tonnage in the sea port of China for the past two years.  


Bazil's Vale, China's CMES Sign VLOCs Agreement

MS Vale Brasil. Photo: Vale

 Brazilian mining giant Vale and the China Merchants Group (CMES) signed an expanded framework deal for strategic co-operation on iron ore shipments. Vale has agreed to sell four large iron-ore carriers to CMES.   The world's largest producer of iron ore said in a statement the details






 
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