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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 274,326 dwt ore carrier Weser Ore at Tubarao in Brazil last week.


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.


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


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


MHI Shipbuilding Orders Up in Past Quarter

MHI announces outline of FY 2012 first 3-month financial results
 ended June 30, 2012 (consolidated). Highlights from the financial report follow: Orders received ⇒ Down ¥128.9 billion: Year on Year (YOY) (¥621.3 bn → ¥492.4 bn) Overall, orders declined from a year ago, reflecting decreases in Power Systems and Machinery & Steel Infrastructure Systems, where orders were strong in the previous fiscal year. Shipbuilding & Ocean Development Segment


SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index Rises 532 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 532 points in the week ending Monday to 4,400. SS&Y officials reported that the index is now nearly 1,500 points higher than it was in the same period in 1998. It is also just 19 points off pre-Asian crisis levels in October 1997. The surge in rates was due mainly to the grounding of the 274,326 dwt ore carrier Weser Ore at Tubarao, Brazil, on Oct. 4, which led to spot replacement tonnage seeing knee-jerk rate rises


Vale to Build 12 Very Large Ore Carriers

Vale announced that it has entered into agreements with The Export-Import Bank of China and the Bank of China Limited for the financing to build 12 very large ore carriers with 400,000 dwt (Chinamax vessels) at the Rongsheng Chinese shipyard. The two Chinese financial institutions will provide a credit line of up to $1.2b, which corresponds to 80% of the amount required to fund the construction of the vessels. The credit line has a 13-year total term to be repaid


Cracks Reported in Vale Beijing Ballast Tanks

Reuters is reporting that the damaged Vale Beijing, the world's largest iron-ore carrier, was moved from its berth in Brazil for repairs. Tugs reportedly moved the ship from the dock in the port in Sao Luis in northeastern Brazil and will tow it to a location outside the shipping channel, a harbor pilot official told Reuters. The port in northeastern Brazil is operated by Vale. The 384,300 tons of ore loaded aboard the Vale Beijing


Vale’s Valemax Ships Regain Admittance to Asian Ports

Vale SA of Brazil said it has increased access of its Valemax iron ore carriers to Asian ports. The company even docked one of its ships in China where a ban on the giant vessels has been in effect for more than a year, Reuters.com reported. Reuters reported on April 18 that the Vale Malaysia docked at China's port of Lianyungang April 15 and left April 17 after unloading its cargo, but the 402,285 deadweight ton (dwt) ship, one of the world's largest bulk freighters, was only partly loaded


First Valemax Ship to Discharge in Malaysia

Photo: Vale

Reuters - Brazil's Vale SA will launch in March the first phase of its iron ore storage and distribution center in Malaysia that will improve its access to China, its biggest customer, a company official said on Tuesday. The world's top iron ore miner


Golden Ocean Sees 10% Growth

Reuters- Dry bulk carrier Golden Ocean Group Ltd expects double-digit growth in global iron ore trade in 2014, helping its markets pick up momentum and improving rates, the company's CEO Herman Billung said at a conference in Oslo on Wednesday.


Latest Global Ocean Trade Shipbuilding Orders

File image CCL3

China, Japan shipyards reel-in the orders in the past week, Korea figures too in the VLGC sector: interestingly there was just one new order in the tankship market, reports Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, as follows: Dry bulk ships


Ice Hurts March’s Lakes Ore Shipments

Photo by Ben McClain

Massive, thick ice formations on the Great Lakes limited iron ore shipments in March to 1.1 million tons, a decrease of 43 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said in a news release. Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports fell even more, 52 percent.


Robert Allan Designs Tug for Rio Tinto

Pilbara Apollo (Photo: Robert Allan)

The Pilbara Apollo, the latest addition to the RAstar 3200 escort tug series was delivered to its owners, Rio Tinto Ltd., earlier this year. The vessel was constructed at Uzmar Shipbuilding Industry Co. in Turkey and will operate at Rio Tinto’s iron ore export facilities at Cape Lambert


Eco Marine & KEI System to Launch Aquarius MAS

Aquarius MAS Screen Shot

Robust automation, control and management system for marine renewable energy solutions. Eco Marine Power (EMP) and KEI System Ltd (KEI) of Osaka, Japan, announced today that they will release later this year, the Aquarius Monitoring and Automation System or Aquarius MAS – a marine


Tideland Solar Buoys Mark Wrecks in Norwegian Arctic

A Tideland SB-138P buoy waiting installation in the Port of Narvik

Two SB-138P polyethylene buoys with solar-powered ML-140 LED lanterns from Tideland Signal are being used to mark wrecks in the approaches to the port of Narvik in the far north of Norway. The new SB-138P buoys are replacing old battery-operated steel buoys from the 1980s that required


China Rongsheng Delivers Fourth Vale VLOC

Vale VLOC delivery: Photo credti China Rongsheng

China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Holdings Limited has delivered the 380,000 dwt class Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) 'Vale Caofeidian' to Brazil's Vale S.A. The vessel is the fourth 380,000 DWT class VLOC delivered by the Group this year and its eleventh delivery of VLOC's overall.


Herculean Ships Gather in Port of Rotterdam

The largest vessels in the world will be moored in the port of Rotterdam in the next 7 days, thanks to the port's deep-draft facilities. On Friday 16 August, all attention will focus on the first visit of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller. With a capacity of 18,000 TEU (twenty-foot containers)


Week of the Giants in Port of Rotterdam

Ti Europe, Photo: Port of Rotterdam

Thanks to its unique depth, the largest vessels in the world will be moored in the port of Rotterdam this week. On Friday , August 16, all attention will focus on the first visit of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller. With a capacity of 18,000 TEU (twenty-foot containers)


Commissioner Doyle Speaks at CSIS Arctic Maritime Awareness Seminar

From left to right: Antti Vehviläinen, Director General, Finnish Transport Agency; USGC Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger; Heather A. Conley, Director and Senior Fellow , CSIS Europe Program; Merja Kyllönen, Minister of Transport, Finland; William P. Doyle, Federal Maritime Commissioner; Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Embass of Finland; and Mikhail A. Kalugin, Head of the Economic Section, Embassy of the Russian Federation.

Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle addressed attendees of the Center For Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Arctic Maritime Awareness seminar on September 27, 2013. The seminar, held at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC


Latest Ocean-going Shipbuilding Orders

Bow Image CCL

A relatively quiet week in the shipbuilding sector according to the latest report Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Dry Bulk Carriers Henghou Industries have contracted two further vessels in a series of 250,000 dwt ore carriers at Guangzhou Longxue


Sustainable Marine Energy Lab Established in Japan

MAS diagram: Image credit Aquarius Innovation Lab

KEI System Ltd (KEI) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) have jointly established the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, which includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices.


Development Agreement Reached for Mobile Powership

Computer Generated  Image of the Mobile Powership

Polaris Shipping Co., Ltd., Korea Midland Power Co., Ltd., Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., and Siemens Energy Solutions Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding at COEX Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul on December 10, 2013 to develop Mobile Powership


ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore Sign Collaborative Agreement

Right: Mr.Yasushi Nakamura (ClassNK), Left: Mr.Warwick Smith (Rio Tinto Iron Ore)

Classification society ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (part of the Rio Tinto Group, one of the world’s largest metal and mining companies), announced that they have signed a collaborative agreement focused on the safe carriage of iron ore.


 
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