Chinese Coal Imports Remain in the Foreground

Marinelink.com
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

There was marginal improvement in the dry bulk market as improvement in demand for larger vessel segments was countered by a decline in demand for the smaller ones. According to the latest Dry Bulk Insight, the Drewry Hire Index remained at 217 points.


The Chinese coal market remained in the news, with the policy of China’s National Energy Administration still unclear as regards a potential ban on low-quality coal imports. There have been several protests from big power companies against the proposal, following which the minimum limit on imports could be reduced from 4,500 Kcal/kg to 3,750 Kcal/kg. This ban will have a direct impact on Indonesia, which supplies almost 50-70 million tonnes of lower-calorific-value coal to China.


However, Australia and South Africa are likely to benefit as they supply higher-grade coal. To a certain extent, this ban will support the dry bulk market by generating more tonne-miles (if China imports from Australia and South Africa), but this depends on China maintaining a certain level of imports rather than turning to domestic supplies.


Domestically, the ban will increase production costs for power plants as they will be required to bring about changes in their machinery (such as boilers) to use different grades of coal.


Looking ahead, with better weather projections and expected higher yields of crops, the smaller vessel segments are likely to enjoy better returns. Grain trade has already improved in the past month and will continue to do so. Meanwhile for the larger vessel segments, a lot depends on the demand scenario.

 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Bulk Carrier Trends

Star Bulk Takes Delivery of First Capesize from JMU

Athens, Greece-headquartered Star Bulk Carriers says it has taken delivery of 'M/V Peloreus' a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (“JMU”) and the

China Issues New Rules on US DDG Imports

China's Import Inspection Authority, AQSIQ, is now requiring U.S. distiller's dried grains imports to be officially certified free of the MIR 162 GMO trait, the U.

Freeport Says Indonesia Exports Could Resume Soon

Freeport-McMoRan Inc said on Wednesday it expects to "imminently" sign an agreement with Indonesia that would enable it to immediately resume copper concentrate

Energy

Statoil's 2Q 2014 Results

Statoil's second quarter 2014 net operating income was NOK 32.0 billion, a decrease of NOK 2.3 billion compared to the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted earnings were NOK 32.

Dorian LPG MoU with HNA Logistics

Dorian LPG Ltd. a leading owner and manager of modern VLGC's (very large gas carriers), today announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU"), with HNA Logistics Group Co.

Jones Act Tanker Chartered for Airline Refinery

Delta Air Lines Inc's refining unit has chartered a U.S.-flagged oil tanker for the first time, allowing it to tap directly into cheap Texas shale oil as the company overhauls its supply strategy.

News

Dredging at Jurong Port, Singapore

Dredging work will be carried out at Keppel Shipyard Benoi Road, off West Jurong Channel, from 28 July to 30 September. As per the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.

ISS's Innovative Series of New Travel Apps for Cruise Industry

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) the world’s leading maritime services provider, has launched an innovative series of travel apps for the cruise industry in Greece,

ST Engineering Divest 50% Stake In Beijing Zhonghuan

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) updated today that further to an earlier announcement made on 28 January 2014, Singapore Technologies

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Pipelines Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1184 sec (8 req/sec)