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Friday, October 20, 2017

Ore Carrier

China & Brazil Sign $1.6B Shipbuilding Pact

Brazilian mining giant Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Vale) reportedly signed a $1.6 billion agreement with Chinese Rongsheng Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries to build 12 large ore carriers, according to a report on Xinhua.  The ships, each with a 400,000 dwt capacity, are the largest ore carriers to be built in the world. The fleet will have an estimated capacity to carry 30.2 million metric tons of iron ore per year, which represents 31 percent of Vale's shipments to China in 2007, Vale said. According to Vale, the new ships have high safety standards and will reduce the high cost of long haul maritime transportation of iron ore to steelmakers.    The first of the carriers is due to be ready in early 2010. All12 carriers should be ready by 2012. The fleet will be part of Vale's Brazil-Asia shuttle service, which currently has six large ore carriers. Vale has an investment program of $59 billion during 2008 to 2012 period. (Source: Xinhua)  

JFE’s Ship Unit Targets Orders for Five Vessels

JFE Holdings Inc.’s shipbuilding unit is reportedly aiming to win orders for as many as five iron ore carriers, according to a report on www.businessweek.com. Iron-ore carriers including Nippon Yusen K.K. and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. are expanding dry-bulk fleets to tap demand for the steelmaking material. Exports of the ore from Australia, the world’s largest shipper, are forecast to rise at an average annual rate of 7 percent to 2015

Largest New Shipping Order

China's largest private shipbuilder has signed this year’s biggest deal in terms of dead weight tons, according to the company. Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group signed a contract Friday with Oman Shipping to build four iron ore carriers, each with a dead weight of 400,000 tons. The deal is the second largest for the company after a contract for 12 iron ore carriers was inked with Brazilian mining giant Vale last August

This Day in Coast Guard History – September 13

1941-After the Danish government in exile asked the U.S. to protect Greenland, the cutter Northland seized the Norwegian sealer Buskoe, with Nazi agents on board trying to establish radio and weather stations in Greenland, in MacKenzie Bay, Greenland.  The capture of the Buskoe was the first U.S. naval capture of World War II. 1953-When the 6,000 ton ore carrier SS Maryland grounded off Marquette, Michigan, a Coast Guard helicopter

Iron-Ore Ship Rates Rise as China Spends

Iron-Ore carrier daily rates rebound as China spends US$158-billion. Iron-ore ships are poised to earn more than operating costs for the first time this year as rates rally on speculation Chinese steel mills will accelerate imports because of a 1 trillion-yuan ($158 billion) building program, reports Bloomberg Business News. Capesizes, each carrying 160,000 metric tons of ore, will earn $12,500 a day in the fourth quarter

China Policy Change Opens Door for Vale Mega-Ships

A Valemax bulk ship at the dock in Japan (photo: Vale)

China has amended rules around ships it will allow to berth at mainland ports, paving the way for Brazilian miner Vale to ship iron ore in its giant 400,000 deadweight tons (DWT) carriers. Vale's mega ships, the world's biggest bulk ore carriers, have been barred from China since January 2012 due to rules which disallowed ships of more than 250,000 dwt in capacity. An internal circular issued last week by the Ministry of Transport and seen by Reuters on Wednesday said it would now

Iron Ore Carrier Ore Sao Luis Completed

Tokyo—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. announced the completion of the 297,000-ton iron ore carrier Ore Sao Luis at the Universal Shipbuilding Corporation, Ariake Shipyard. The Ore Sao Luis will transport iron ore from Brazil mainly to China, under a long-term contract with Vale.   Among those on hand for the naming and delivery ceremonies were Vale International General Manager, Shipping, Pietro Allevato, who named the vessel

China Rongsheng Names, Delivers 380,000 dwt VLOC's

Vale VLOC: Photo credit Vale S.A.

China Rongsheng Heavy Industries christened the first of two 380,000 DWT Very Large Ore Carriers built for Oman Shipping deliivers another of the same to Vale S.A.  China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Holdings Limited today christened the first two 380,000 DWT Very Large Ore Carriers (“VLOC”) built for Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C. (“Oman Shipping”). The vessels will set for sea trial and enter into the final delivery stage soon.

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

MS Vale Brasil. Photo: Vale

 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 of the contract had not yet been finalized and will be released in the coming months.   "No price has yet been disclosed for the four vessels

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 shares in the JV respectively.    China Ore Shipping will buy four second-hand valemax vessels from Vale Shipping Singapore Pte

Vale Sells Two Large Ore Carriers for $178 Mln

Brazilian mining company Vale SA on Wednesday said it has sold two ships with a capacity to carry 400,000 tonnes of iron ore each for a total of $178 million.   The company said it received the payment on August 8 and that it is in talks to sell two remaining ships of the same class (VLOC, very large ore carriers). Vale did not reveal the name of the buying company. (Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; editing by Diane

China Launches World's Largest Bulk Carrier

Ore Tianjin. Image courtesy: New China TV

 China launched world's largest bulk carrier 'Ore Tianjin' in the port city Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, reported China Daily.   The mammoth ore ship, built by the Wuhan subordinate of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), can carry 400,000 metric ton deadweight (DWT). It will go into service for ore transportation between China and Brazil upon delivery, which is expected in April 2018.  

Polaris Orders 10 ‘Green’ VLOCs at Hyundai Heavy

At the signing ceremony, Chung Ki-sun, Executive Vice President of Corporate Planning Office of HHI is shaking hands with Kim Wan-jung, CEO of Polaris Shipping. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced today that it signed a $800 Million worth contract to build ten 325,000 dwt VLOCs (Very Large Ore Carrier) with Polaris Shipping, the domestic dry bulk owner and operator, on September 25.   The contract is the largest single order in the last five years since HHI received an order of ten large-sized containerships from a Greek shipping company in 2012.  

New BWTS for Big Bulk Carriers

Andrew Marshall (Photo: Coldharbour Marine)

U.K.-based ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) manufacturer Coldharbour Marine has launched a new treatment process designed specifically for large dry bulk vessels and ore carriers. The system uses the company’s existing inert gas based GLDTM treatment plant to meet the needs of large bulk carriers, which often ship large volumes of ballast water in upper wing tanks and discharge it directly into the sea.  

Great Lakes Shipyards Heating up for Winter

© chirnoagarazvan / Adobe Stock

As temperatures drop, the pace is heating up at Great Lakes shipyards where winter is typically the busiest season, and this year is no exception. U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators will spend more than $80 million to maintain and modernize their vessels for the 2017 shipping season, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).   “Once again Lake Carriers’ Association members are demonstrating their commitment to Great Lakes shipping,” said James H.I

Sulu Sea Kidnappings a Threat to Shipping - IMB

File Image: Suspected pirates off Somalia are intercepted by authorities (CREDIT: IMB)

The Sulu Sea between eastern Malaysia and the Philippines has become dangerous for merchant shipping due to rising threat of kidnappings, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Tuesday.   The Sulu archipelago is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda linked group notorious for kidnappings and, increasingly, piracy.   The IMB report was released just hours after armed men attacked a fishing boat, killing eight fishermen

Pirates Attacking Bigger Ships off Philippines

File Image: a piracy interdiction operation (Credit: IMB)

Attacks in waters east of Philippines shift to big ships; ReCAAP, security groups recommend avoiding Sulu and Celebes Seas.   Asian pirates are focusing more of their attacks on larger merchant ships near the Philippines, hoping for bigger ransom payments from kidnapping their crew, the head of a regional anti-piracy body said on Friday.   The region's pirates have changed tactics since October, to target some of the biggest ships travelling through the Sulu and Celebes Seas

Korean Cargo Ship Missing

A large South Korean cargo ship with 24 crew on board is believed to have sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after making an SOS call, News agencies reported quoting the Uruguayan navy.   The Stellar Daisy was missing after making its last contact in the South Atlantic about 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles) from shore, South Korea's foreign ministry and news reports said on Sunday.   On Friday, a crew member sent a text saying the 312m-long (1024ft) Stellar Daisy freighter was taking on

EMP Inks Deal to Supply Aquarius MAS

Marine grade solar panel and frame at Teramoto Iron Works, Onomichi, Japan (Photo: EMP)

 Eco Marine Power (EMP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Singapore based shipping company to supply its Aquarius Management and Automation (MAS) + Solar solution. The solution will also include hardware and software that will allow ships to monitor fuel oil consumption in real time, automatically calculate NOx/SOx/CO2 emissions and interface with marine solar power systems. Initially one ship in the fleet will be installed with the Aquarius MAS + Solar solution and

ABS Initiative Improves Bulker Loading Safety

Photo: ABS

 ABS has introduced a new service and analysis tool that will allow atypical cargoes on bulk carriers. The software streamlines loading analysis and provides a safer approach to loading atypical bulk cargo.   “ABS understands that maintaining a leadership role means finding ways to improve safety and efficiency for industry,” says ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine Dr. Kirsi Tikka. “Our new steel coil loading solution delivers customization options to

Polaris Orders 3 Iron Ore Carriers at Hyundai

Pic: Polaris Shipping Co

 South Korean shipping firm Polaris Shipping Co has placed an order with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to build three very large iron ore carriers, Yonhap reported.   Polaris said the 325,000-ton iron ore carriers will replace some of its aged ships. The financial details of the shipbuilding contract and delivery schedule for the newbuildings were not disclosed.   With the latest order from Polaris HHI's orderbook that was valued at $3

Great Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Up Slightly in May

© James Pintar / Adobe Stock

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.1 million tons in May, an increase of 1.8 percent compared to a year ago, the Lakes Carriers' Association (LCA) reported. However, shipments trailed the month’s 5-year average by 5 percent.   Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 5.7 million tons in May, an increase of 5 percent. All of those tons originated at Lake Superior ports. Escanaba, Mich

‘Vintage’ Converted VLOCs Still Profitable -BIMCO

(Image: BIMCO, Clarksons)

With an average age of 23.8 years, the fleet of very large ore carriers (VLOC) converted from very large crude carriers (VLCC) is vintage compared to the average age of 5.7 years for non-converted ore carriers above 200,000 DWT, according to BIMCO.   But despite the huge 18.1 years age gap between converted VLOCs and normal VLOCs, the age itself is not the all-important explanatory factor behind a demolition decision

Inspection of Ships of 18 Years or Older in Brazil

Image: The Standard Club

 The Standard Club has been informed by its local correspondent in Brazil that following recent casualties involving bulk carriers, a series of new inspection requirements have been imposed in Brazilian ports for certain ships that are 18 years or older.   Brazilian flagged bulk carriers that have been converted from oil tankers, carrying cargo with a density equal to or greater than 1.78 t/m3, such as iron ore

EMP Aquarius MRE Prepares for Sea Trials

Aquarius MRE Technologies and Project Partners. Image: Eco Marine Power

 Eco Marine Power (EMP) has begun preparing for sea trials of its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution in co-operation with strategic partners and ship owner Hisafuku Kisen K.K. of Onomichi, Japan.   This preparatory work will lead to the world’s first installation of an integrated rigid sail and solar power system for ships using EMP’s patented technologies including the EnergySail.  

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