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Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 8%

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Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 6.5 million net tons in September, an increase of 8.2 percent compared to a year ago. The trade also outperformed the month’s 5-year average by nearly 9 percent. Despite the increases, the iron ore trade continued to struggle with the inefficiencies inherent with lack of adequate dredging. The largest iron ore cargo in September – 66,761 net tons – still represented only 92 percent of the record cargo carried in 1997, a period when water levels allowed for near full loads. For the year, the iron ore trade stands at 45.6 million net tons, an increase of 9.8 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments also are ahead of the 5-year average for the first three quarters by nearly the same margin. (www.lcaships.com)


Great Lakes: Less Ice Sees Ore Ships Thrive

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A relatively mild December on the Great Lakes allowed iron ore shipments to increase dramatically compared to a year ago when an early arriving winter blanketed the system with thick ice, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Shipments totaled 6.3 million tons, an increase of 23.6 percent compared to a year ago, LCA said, noting that the biggest increase came from U.S. ports on Lake Superior. Meanwhile, loadings out of Duluth, Minnesota, Superior, Wisconsin


LCA: Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 9 Percent in August

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Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 6,551,329 tons in August, a decrease of 7 percent from July, but an increase of 9 percent compared to a year ago. August loadings also were up 24.6 percent compared to the month’s 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5.8 million tons, an increase of 14.2 percent compared to a year ago.  However, loadings at Canadian ports dipped more than 20 percent. Through August the iron ore trade stands at 36


Great Lakes Iron Ore Up 8 PCT in November

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Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.8 million tons in November, an increase of 2 percent over October, and an increase of 8 percent compared to a year ago.   November loadings were also up about 8 percent compared to the month’s 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5.2 million tons, an increase of 9 percent compared to a year ago.  Loadings at Canadian ports were virtually unchanged from a year ago. Through November the iron ore trade stands at 54


Great Lakes Ore Trade Down 11.3% in March

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 1.9 million tons in March, a decrease of 11.3% from a year ago. Loadings were 9.3% ahead of the month’s five-year average, however. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 1.8 million tons, a decrease of 9.7% compared to a year ago. The March total included 116,000 tons shipped to Quebec City for loading into oceangoing vessels and delivery overseas. Shipments from Canadian ports totaled 113,000 tons


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down 5.3% in 2013

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 58.3 million tons in 2013, a decrease of 5.3 percent from 2012. While the trade had been slightly behind 2012’s pace through November, the gap grew significantly when an early and harsh start to winter limited shipments to 5.1 million tons in December, a decrease of 20 percent compared to a year ago. There were weather-related delays at loadings docks and vessels were either slowed by or beset in heavy ice.


U.S.-Flag Lakes

U.S-Flag cargo movement on the Great Lakes in July fell by 1.5 million tons compared to the same period last year, the largest decrease in recent memory. The season-long string of monthly decreases now amounts to a five-million ton shortfall compared to the same point in 1998. Iron ore cargoes loaded into U.S. bottoms in July totaled 5.9 million tons, a decrease of 18.2 percent. However, the season-to-date total for iron ore is directly tied to the continued unfair trade in steel


First Iron Ore Trade Using CargoDocs Electronic Bills of Lading

BHP Billiton, Royal Bank of Scotland, Westpac Banking Corporation, Cargill and Minerva Marine recently completed the first trade financed iron ore trade using ESS’s CargoDocs electronic bill of lading and eUCP Presentation solutions. CargoDocs was used on a shipment from Australia to China. In this trade the electronic bill of lading was drafted by BHP Billiton in Shanghai (eliminating the need for separate document instructions)


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.


Brazil Iron Ore Terminal will Start This Year

Trading firm Trafigura and Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala said on Thursday their Brazilian port for exporting iron ore will start this year, in response to a steelmaker with a contract to use the port that said the opening could be pushed back to 2015. Porto Sudeste "is on track to start operation in the beginning of the last quarter of 2014," Eugenio Mamede, chief operating officer for the port, said in a written response to Reuters.


Usiminas to Cancel Iron Ore Shipment Contract

Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas intends to cancel its iron ore shipment contract with the Sudeste Port, a private terminal near Rio de Janeiro, the port said on Friday.   The statement did not say how much Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA, as the company is formally known


Best May for U.S.-Flag Lakers in 7 Years

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 10.8 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in May, their highest total for that month since 2008.  The surge is at least partially attributable to the fact that no ice delays were experienced this May.


AAPA Praises Senate for Passing TPA - 2015

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  “The prosperity of the United States is inextricably entwined with that of the rest of the world and international trade agreements provide stability and equity enabling increased trade,” said American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) President and CEO Kurt Nagle in


Baltic Exchange Eyes Move into Commodities

Baltex reaches breakeven level since start of 2015; Baltic previously faced broker opposition over platform. London's Baltic Exchange is studying a potential foray into commodities and is open to proposals on tie-ups as other exchanges attempt to boost volumes, its chief executive said.


April Ice Hinders Great Lakes Ore Trade

 Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 4.3 million tons in April, nearly 15 percent below the month’s long-term average, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. The heavy ice blanketing the Lakes not only slowed the vessels that were in


essDOCS Wins Tender for BHP Billiton Doc Prep Solution

essDOCS has won a tender to develop and deliver a document preparation (Doc Prep) solution for major mining & trading conglomerate BHP Billiton’s Marketing business. The project fits within BHP Billiton Marketing’s global Touchless Order Fulfilment initiative


Dry Bulk Shipping to Stay Low

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 Goldman Sachs can't see an end to the dry cargo downturn until at least 2020 on a glut of vessels and stalling cargo growth, says a report in Bloomberg.   Overcapacity and low fuel prices are bound to keep low dry bulk shipping freight rates for the rest of the decade or even longer.


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


April Ice Weighs on US-flag Lakes Cargo

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 6.7 million tons of dry-bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in April, a decrease of nearly 6 percent when compared to the month’s 5-year average.  Another brutal winter again spawned heavy ice formations Lakeswide that slowed the vessels that


Vale to Sell 4 Large Iron Ore Carriers to CMES

Brazilian miner Vale said on Tuesday it agreed to sell four large iron ore carriers to China Merchants Energy Shipping Co (CMES) , as it looks to raise cash in the midst of an iron ore price slump.   The world's largest producer of iron ore said in a statement the details of the contract


Vale Concludes Sale of VLOCs to Cosco

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 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.  


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

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 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


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


Busy Season for Seaway

Port of Thunder Bay, the largest grain port on the Great Lakes, reported that its grain shipments were off to the strongest start this season

  Grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 7 per cent this season, continuing the pace set last year when ships carried the largest volume of grain through the navigation system in 14 years. According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation


Great Lakes Ore Trade Up in May

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.6 million tons in May, an increase of 53 percent compared to ice-impacted April, and 4 percent better than a year ago and the month’s 5-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)  






 
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