Cargill Earnings Hit by Commodity Market Disruptions
Cargill Inc said on Tuesday its quarterly earnings fell 28 percent, making it one of the largest companies yet to demonstrate how big commodity market disruptions this year have hurt its bottom line. Minneapolis-based Cargill, a top global commodities trader, was hit by a triple-whammy of unexpected events, including a surge in energy prices in January, rail backlogs, and the rejection of U.S. corn shipments by China. The problems are likely to have also hit Cargill peers such as Archer Daniels Midland Co and Bunge Ltd, which are due to report financial results in the coming weeks. The coldest winter in 30 years catapulted regional U.S. natural gas prices to record highs, while power markets gyrated as producers struggled to keep supplies flowing to consumers. The harsh weather also snarled rail transport for products as diverse as coal, grain and ethanol. "In North America, we had record harvests and this extreme weather, so that created a backlog," Cargill spokeswoman Lisa Clemens said about the rail disruptions. "We couldn't move grain or deliver products as fast as we would otherwise." Cargill, one of the world's largest privately held companies, reported net earnings of $319 million for the third quarter ended Feb. 28, down from $445 million a year earlier. Revenue was $32 billion, nearly even with a year earlier.
Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Cargill win Brazil Port Deal
Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Cargill won an auction on Wednesday to operate a grains area at Santos Port, the first terminal to be leased by the government under a 2012 law meant to bring investment and upgrade infrastructure. Louis Dreyfus Commodities makes up 60 percent of the winning Consortium LDC Brasil BSL, while Cargill has 40 percent, the consortium said. It offered 303 million reais ($80 million), beating another proposal from Agrovia SA.
Cargill To Deliver Low Sulfur Cargo
Cargill Inc. is in the process of shipping the first low-sulfur gas oil or diesel cargo from Southeast Asia to Europe. Traders said the company had chartered a tanker called the Young Lady, which is on its maiden clean products voyage, to lift a total of 680,000 barrels of gas oil from the Malacca II refinery in June. The Malaysian refinery is the only major refinery in Southeast Asia that can produce high-quality diesel that meets tight United States CARB and European EN590 specifications
Dry Bulk Charter for Diana Shipping
Diana Shipping Inc. announces a time charter contract with Cargill for its dry bulk carrier 'M/V Protefs' Diana Shipping Inc.a shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, announcee that it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v "Protefs, at a gross charter rate of US$9,000 per day
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)
Canada Grain Handlers to Expand, Crops Overwhelm System
Three Canadian grain handlers said this week that they will expand facilities to handle the country's crops, after a record-smashing harvest overwhelmed the transportation system. Viterra, owned by Glencore Xstrata PLC, said on Thursday it will spend C$100 million ($92 million) to boost grain shipping through Port Metro Vancouver, while CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, said it is building a second Western Canadian grain elevator.
WCI Chairman Issues Statement
Rick Calhoun, President of Cargo Carriers (Cargill) and Chairman of Waterways Council, Inc., released a statement today regarding the state of emergency on the Lower Mississippi River. “The inland waterways navigation system is the most important transportation asset in the United States and is vital to the economic well-being of this country,” Calhoun said. “We urgently call on the Federal government today to take all necessary steps to provide funding for this
Caribbean Lacks Resources to Combat Oil Spills: Jamaica
The Caribbean region, including Jamaica and other small island developing states, lacks the resources to combat a major oil spill, delegates to a regional convention on oil spill prevention and response have been warned. Opening the convention to discuss oil spill prevention, preparedness and response in the Gulf of Mexico, keynote speaker Christopher Cargill, Chairman of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, said that Jamaica and other islands in the region do not have access to vast
Diana, Cargill Enter Time Charter Agreement
Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, announced that it has entered a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v Calipso. The gross charter rate is $8,100 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 21 months to maximum 25 months.
SSI Highlights the Rise of the Sustainable Shipper
Charterers’ future procurement decisions will be driven by an increasing drive to improve sustainability within shipping supply chains. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry focused on uniting commercial growth with sustainable behaviours, is demonstrating how charterers are becoming a powerful force in driving sustainable shipping standards and becoming a catalyst for instigating industry change beyond
Diana Shipping Signs Contracts with Cargill, Noble
Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva. The time charter was extended for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Baltimore, for a period of minimum thirteen (13) months to about sixteen (16) months.
Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Pressured Abundant Tonnage
Capesize rates from Western Australia to China at 8-week high; shipowners parking ships off South Africa to stop rates falling. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could remain rangebound next week as abundant tonnage puts a ceiling on freight rates even as some owners resist attempts by charterers to push rates lower, brokers said. "I expect the market to take a breather
Belships Signs Ultramax Deal with Imabari
Belships ASA, a bulk ship operator and management company, has signed an agreement to charter in an Ultramax bulk carrier of 63,000 dwt to be delivered from Imabari Shipbuilding first half 2020. The charter period will be for minimum 8 years plus two yearly options, with purchase option from end of fourth year. Through this new agreement, Belships ASA will have four Ultramax bulk carriers with eco-design from Imabari Shipbuilding.
Diana Signs Time Charter with Cargill for Amphitrite
Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Amphitrite. The gross charter rate is US$11,150 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 13 months to maximum 16 months. The charter is expected to commence in late September 2017.
Shipping Making Progress Towards Sustainability
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is calling on the wider industry to embrace new finance models to fund clean tech upgrades and back calls for a new international framework for tackling shipping emissions. SSI has announced the release of the organization's latest annual report - the document suggests that while there are significant short-term challenges around International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and COP 21 meeting requirements, progress is happening.
Cargill, MV Cargo to Build Grain Terminal in Ukraine
Cargill and MV Cargo formalized their intention to construct a grain terminal in the port of Yuzhny on the Black Sea coast in Ukraine by signing a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA). The signing ceremony was held in Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk‘s cabinet office in the presence of the U.S Ambassador to Ukraine and senior Ukrainian government officials. “Ukraine is already one of the world’s great agricultural producers, but it should be an agricultural superpower
Leadership Changes for Cargill
On March 1, Jan Dieleman assumed the leadership of Cargill’s Ocean Transportation business with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Dieleman took over the position of Roger Janson who has managed the business successfully since 2011 and now heads Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain enterprise in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Dieleman is moving to the position after leading Cargill’s North America Power and Gas business since 2014
Dieleman Takes over as Cargill Shipping Head
Commodities trader Cargill has appointed a new head of its shipping business, weeks after announcing it would close its London freight unit amid a worsening global seaborne market. The dry bulk sector, which transports commodities such as coal and grain, continues to suffer from too many ships available for hire and slowing demand for goods, especially from top importer China, which has led to freight rates slumping to record lows.
Argentine Grains Port Workers Return after Brief Strike
A one-day strike at the Rosario grains export hub in Argentina ended on Friday after the government compelled union and company officials to enter into wage negotiations for 15 days, a union leader said. The strike began at midnight local time and ended around noon after the union agreed to the government mandate for a "reconciliation" period to settle the dispute, said Edgardo Quiroga, an official with the CGT union's San Lorenzo branch.
Demand, Bunker Pricing Spurs Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates
Owners asking $1 per tonne more on Australia-China rates; Panamax rates climb to two-month high, but remain under pressure. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could continue to firm next week on higher cargo volumes and bunker prices, while upbeat shipowner sentiment will also support the market, ship brokers said. "The market is pushing up a little bit. Owners' ideas though are even higher - they are indicating about $1 per tonne more on rates from
Part of Houston Ship Channel Shut; Tankers Stopped to 4 Refineries
Four Houston-area refineries were unable to receive crude oil from tankers on Tuesday after a portion of the Houston Ship Channel was shut due to a fire aboard an empty tanker, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. In Texas, Valero Energy Corp's Houston refinery, LyondellBasell Industries' Houston refinery, Petrobras' Pasadena refinery and Royal Dutch Shell's joint-venture Deer Park refinery have crude on-site in storage tanks and also have access to long-distance and short-haul pipeline
Harvest Halts as Rains Douse Midwest, Could Impact Barge Loading
Heavy rains and flooding swamped a broad swathe of the northern Midwest this week, halting the harvest of corn and soybeans and forcing the closure of at least two Iowa crop processing plants, traders and farmers said on Friday. Farmers' concerns grew that standing water in fields could damage unharvested crops, while floodwaters swelled the Mississippi River and threatened to disrupt the loading of export-bound grain barges.
Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Remain Steady
Owners seeking to push rates higher, close to year-long highs; dry bulk sector to see greater consolidation - BIMCO. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to remain steady next week even as owners try to push rates up close to year-highs, ship brokers said. That came as charter rates stayed firm despite China's week-long National Day holiday which ends at the weekend.
Tech File: Vesconite Rudder Bushings
South American river tugboats need robust rudder bushings: some 20 tug boats on the Parana River, running through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, have been equipped with Vesconite rudder bushings. In the challenging waters of South American rivers, tugboat owners began ordering Vesconite’s proprietary thermoplastic rudder bushings starting in 2014. Convinced that the material – which is wear resistant, self-lubricating, environmentally-friendly, requires no grease
Diana Shipping Charters out Two Bulkers
Diana Shipping announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Santa Barbara. The gross charter rate is US$12,000 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about twelve (12) months to maximum fifteen (15) months. The charter is expected to commence on January 24, 2017