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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Great Lakes Limestone & Coal Trade Up

Lakes Limestone Trade up 16% in September Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,461,606 net tons in September, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to August, and 16 percent better than a year ago.  However, the trade was down 10.7% compared to the month’s 5-year average. Loadings at U.S. ports were up 342,000 tons compared to a year ago.  Shipments from Canadian docks increase by 135,000 tons. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 20.5 million net tons, an increase of 25.2% compared to a year ago, but a decrease of 15% compared to the five-year average for the first three quarters.  Loadings at U.S. ports are up 28 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments from Canadian docks are 15.4% ahead of last year’s pace. Great Lakes Coal Trade Up 32.5 Percent in September Coal shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 3,648,453 net tons in September, a decrease of 6.8% compared to August, but an increase of 32.5% compared to a year ago.  Compared to the month’s five-year average, loadings were down 7.4%. Shipments from Lake Superior rose noticeably from a year ago – 35% – and were on par with the month’s five-year average.  Loadings in Chicago increased by 145% compared to a year ago and all but equaled the month’s five-year average.  The coal trade out of Lake Erie increased 13.6% compared to a year ago, but was nearly 20% off September’s five-year average.

Great Lakes April Coal Shipments Unchanged from a Year Ago

Photo: LCA

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.2 million tons in April, a virtual tie with a year ago.  The trade was 19 percent below the month’s five-year average, however. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.4 million tons, a slight increase from a year ago. Included in that total were 168,000 tons loaded in Superior, Wisconsin and transshipped to Québec City for loading into oceangoing colliers.

Great Lakes Coal Trade Falls 13% in September

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.7 million tons in September, a decrease of 13% from a year ago and the preceding month. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.6 million tons, a decrease of 13.5% compared to a year ago.  Coal transshipped from Superior, Wisconsin, to Québec City, Québec, for loading into oceangoing colliers totaled 96,000 tons.  Exports to Europe from Superior total 1,253,000 tons through September.

Great Lakes Coal Trade Down 7.3% in November

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.7 million tons in November, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to a year ago, and well below – 35.2 percent – the month’s long-term average.  Shipments were also 4.1 percent less than October’s tally of 2.8 million tons. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.6 million tons, a decrease of 9.2 percent compared to a year ago.  Coal transshipped from Superior, Wisconsin, to Québec City, Québec

Adani EBIDTA Up 62% for Q1FY15

Adani Group

  Adani Enterprises Ltd, the flagship company of the Adani Group, today announced its results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2014.   Financial Highlights: The consolidated Total Income for quarter increased by 43% to Rs 16,524 crore against Rs 11,547 crore in the same period last year. The consolidated EBIDTA increased by 62% to Rs 3,275 crore against Rs 2,017 crore in the same period last year. The consolidated PAT is Rs 557 crore.

Dry Bulk Insight: BDI likely to stabalise

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Drewry expects the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) movements to moderate in September on the back of steady grain, minor bulk and coal trades. However, the iron ore trade is likely to lose its momentum in coming months.   The BDI continued its rollercoaster ride into August first falling then rising in the second half of the month. Nevertheless, this progress failed to improve the overall picture, and the average BDI declined by 34 points to reach 673 points.  

Stiff Rate Increases Seen For Atlantic Capers

Some stiff rate increases for Atlantic capers were seen for business to China and for trans-Atlantic coal, brokers said last Wednesday. Panamax rates were still drifting from the U.S. Gulf due to lack of orders, but levels in the Far East for these vessels remained firmer, they added. Conditions for handy size vessels and to a lesser extent smaller geared tonnage, were generally better in the Atlantic. The Baltic Freight Index (BFI) rose six points to 1,223

Lakes Coal Surges in November

Coal shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 4.1 million net tons in November, an increase of 21 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments were also up nearly 7 compared to the month’s 5-year average. Shipments of low-sulfur coal from Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, accounted for most of the increase. Nonetheless, the dredging crisis continued to hamper shipments. Not one coal cargo topped65,000 tons in November, and many were in the 63,000-ton range

Ice Took Heavy Toll on Lakes Coal in April

Ice formation, the likes of which have not been seen since 1994, dramatically slowed coal shipments on the Great Lakes in April. Loadings totaled only 995,000 tons, a decrease of nearly 55 percent compared to a year ago. Compared to the month’s five-year average, April shipments were down nearly 57 percent. The biggest drop came from Lake Superior ports. The only way vessels could safely cross Lake Superior in April was to be convoyed by U.S

New Coal Carrier Enters Service for JERA Singapore

Isuzu Maru (Photo: NYK Line)

On April 14, newly constructed coal carrier Isuzu Maru was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Saikai, Japan.   The new vessel will be operated by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., an NYK group company located in Singapore, for the transport of coal for JERA Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd., a coal trading corporation owned by JERA Co., Inc. (67 percent) and EDF Trading Limited (33 percent). JERA Co., Inc.  

Guangzhou Halts Foreign Coal Imports

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Port handles 60 mln tonnes/year of foreign and domestic seaborne coal.   Guangzhou port, the largest coal transport hub in southern China, has halted foreign coal imports, according to traders who use the port and said they had been informed of the shutdown by customs authorities and senior company officials.   Traders said the move caught merchants using Guangzhou by surprise and interpreted it as a sign of Beijing stepping up its campaign to cut pollution caused by the burning

Chinese Demand Ensures Asian LNG Rally Has Legs

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Unexpectedly strong demand from China, along with rising oil and coal prices, should keep Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot levels buoyant this winter.   Despite rising supplies from new plants, spot prices have risen by 55 percent from their 2017 lows to $8.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) as Asian buyers also refilled summer stocks.   With the peak demand October-March winter gas season almost underway, further price gains are expected.  

U.N. Bans Four Ships over N.Korea Coal, U.S. Mulls Four More

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The United Nations Security Council has banned four ships from ports globally for carrying coal from North Korea, including one vessel that also had ammunition, but the United States postponed a bid to blacklist four others pending further investigation.   The vessels are the first to be designated under stepped-up sanctions imposed on North Korea by the 15-member council in August and September over Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test and two long-range ballistic missile launches

US-flag Great Lakes Shipping Buoyant in September

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 10.1 million tons of cargo in September, an increase of 10.7 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. September’s shipments also bettered the month’s long-term average by 3.1 percent, or 300,000 tons. LCA said iron ore cargos for steelmaking totaled 4.9 million tons, an increase of 14 percent compared to a year ago, while Coal loadings approached 1.9 million tons, an increase of 6

Japan Steelmakers Scramble for Coking Coal

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Japanese steelmakers have bought coking coal from the United States, Canada and China to replace supply lost after a cyclone closed rail links in Australia, their biggest supplier, industry and trader sources said.   Still, the Japanese buyers are paying nearly double the $150 a tonnes price that they were discussing with sellers for second-quarter supply before the supply disruption. The supply talks are now on hold and prices will likely stay high until full volumes start flowing again

Dry Bulk Shipping Remains Positive: Drewry

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The outlook for dry bulk shipping remains positive given the shrinking supply-demand gap, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   With high demolition activity and low deliveries the fleet is expected to grow at a slow annual rate of 1 percent over the next five years, while tonne mile demand will grow at a faster pace of around 3 percent per annum

Tandgedo-VOC Port Sign MoU for Coal Jetty

Photo: Press Information Bureau, Govt of India

 India's V.O. Chidambaranar (VOC) Port is all set for a four-fold increase in the capacity of two of its Coal Jetties – Jetty I and II from 6.25 million metric tonnes per annum to 24 MTPA.   The state-run power utility Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco)  has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with VOC, Tuticorin for the construction of new Coal Jetty I and provision of shore unloaders and conveyor systems.   

U.S. Freight Recovery Spurs Diesel Demand

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U.S. freight movements have started increasing again, which should help boost consumption of distillate fuel oil in 2017 and 2018.   The tonnage of freight moved by road, rail, barge, pipeline and air cargo has been increasing year on year since October, after stagnating for much of 2015/16 (http://tmsnrt.rs/2qSDLAJ).   Freight movements hit a new record in February, before slipping slightly in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (http://tmsnrt

LNG-fueled Newcastlemax Bulk Carrier Design Unveiled

The project partners of the Green Corridor Joint Industry Project (JIP) came together for a meeting at the DNV GL Group headquarters in Høvik this week. They also presented the results from stage one of the JIP at the Nor-Shipping trade fair. Photo: DNV GL

Project partners BHP, Fortescue, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Rio Tinto, SDARI, U-Ming, Woodside, and DNV GL presented the results from stage one of their “Green Corridor” joint industry project (JIP), which demonstrated the commercial potential and technical feasibility of bulkers fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the iron ore and coal trade between Australia and China. The result is an LNG-fueled Newcastlemax design which is in the process of receiving Approval in Principle

Matsuyama Welcomes First Panamax Coal Carrier

M/V Nord Neptune (Photo: NYK)

Japan’s port of Matsuyama welcomed NYK-operated M/V Nord Neptune, the first panamax coal carrier to visit the port, on June 10, 2017. The Ehime prefectural government and the Shikoku Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism recently completed an international logistics terminal project to reconstruct the port by deepening the berth to 13 meters. To help the berth accept large vessels

U.S. Coal Exports Soar, Revived in Part by New Energy Policy

File Image: CREDIT Inland Marine

U.S. coal exports have jumped more than 60 percent this year due to soaring demand from Europe and Asia, according to a Reuters review of government data, allowing President Donald Trump's administration to claim that efforts to revive the battered industry are working.   The increased shipments came as the European Union and other U.S. allies heaped criticism on the Trump administration for its rejection of the Paris Climate Accord

Indian Ports Buoy by Healthy Growth in Cargo

Image: Indian Ports Association

 Indian port sector players will continue to experience healthy growth in cargo in the near term, PTI reported quoting rating agency Icra.   Traction in Inland Waterway projects will open up several business opportunities for the port sector players.   "Over the medium to long term, cargo growth is expected to gain further traction driven by domestic requirements of coal for power and other sectors, crude oil, for meeting domestic petroleum requirements and containers

Essar Ports Ventures Overseas with Mozambique

Photo: Essar Ports Limited

 India's Essar Ports has signed a 30-year concession agreement with the Government of Mozambique to develop a new coal terminal at Beira Port, as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project.    The project will be executed on Design, Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (DBOOT) basis through a subsidiary, New Coal Terminal Beira, SA (NCTB SA), which is a joint venture of Essar (which will own 70) and Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM, which will own 30%)

Dry Bulk Shipping Gets a Boost from US Coal -BIMCO

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U.S. seaborne coal exports have turned years of negative growth around and seem to be climbing for a third quarter in a row. The increase in total volume is predominantly driven by a growing demand from European importers. East Asian buyers have also ramped up their import of U.S. coal, which is beneficial for the dry bulk shipping industry as it generates a substantial amount of ton-miles, relative to other destinations.  

Noble Group Reports $1.75 Bln Q2 Loss

Commodities trader Noble Group reported a second- quarter loss of $1.75 billion on Thursday, weeks after warning it faced its steepest quarterly loss in a year and a half and would slash jobs and sell assets to cut debt.   Once Asia's largest commodities trading house, Noble is slimming down drastically to its core Asian coal trading business after a crisis-wracked two years. Last month, it announced the sale of its U.S

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