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China Rolls-out World's Second-Largest Ore Carrier

Photo: Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

The second-largest ore carrier in the world was officially named Yuanhehai and delivered to China Ore Shipping, affiliated with China Cosco Shipping Corporation, in Shanghai, the state media reported. The 400,000-dwt mega ship, which is 362 meters long, 65 meters wide and 30.4 meters high, was delivered almost a year after the deal was made in 2016, China News Service reported. The Yuanhehai is the second-generation very large ore carrier (VLOC) designed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Company. The delivery was the first ship of the second-generation VLOC.

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.

China Shipping Devt Orders Dry Bulk Carriers, VLOC

China Shipping Development Ltd said it will pay more than $800m for 10 dry bulk carriers and four very large ore carriers. It said the dry bulk carriers were ordered from subsidiaries of its parent, China Shipping (Group) Co. Six carriers of 57,300 dead weight tons and four of 57,000 DWT will be delivered by June 2012 at the latest, the company said. They will be used to transport coal and other bulk cargo. The purchase is subject to approval by independent shareholders of China Shipping Development at an extraordinary general meeting. Meanwhile, the company said its wholly-owned China Shipping Development (HK) Marine Co Ltd will pay $467.2m for four very large ore carriers (VLOC), an order which it announced in October .

China Shipping Development to Buy Four Ships

According to a Reuters report, China Shipping Development Co. said it would buy four very large ore carriers (VLOCs) from Chinese shipbuilders for $400m to develop its ore import business. Each ship will have capacity of 230,000 deadweight tonnes, said the company. It said the purchase would be funded from the company's own resources or through bank loans. Last month, China Shipping Development said that in another deal, it would buy four large iron ore carriers for $460m. [Source: Reuters]

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, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics said March 2. (Source: www.businessweek.com)  

Brazil’s Vale SA Gets Biggest Ore Carrier

According to a report from Dow Jones, Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA (VALE, VALE5.BR) said it took delivery of the world's biggest ore carrier, a 400,000 tons capacity vessel built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (042660.SE). The new vessel, named Vale Brasil, is the first of seven ore carriers ordered by Vale from the South Korean shipyard.   (Source: Dow Jones)  

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.

Bergesen Orders Ore Carrier From Daewoo

Bergesen d.y. Group ASA ordered a 175,000 dwt reinforced ore carrier from Daewoo Heavy Industries Ltd. for $42 million, with an option for an additional ship. Forty percent of the contract price will be paid during building and 60 percent on delivery on the vessel, which is scheduled for October 2001. Bergesen's fleet current includes six drybulk vessels between 173,000 and 365,000 dwt.

Hyundai Heavy Completes Test for Ice-breaking Ore Carrier

Model Ship of Ice-breaking 190,000 DWT Iron Ore Carrier

Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s biggest shipbuilder, today announced the completion of the final performance test for a model ship of 190,000 DWT ice-breaking iron ore carriers at Institute for Ocean Technology in Canada. When the actual 190,000 DWT iron ore carrier is built, the iron ore carrier will be the world’s largest ice-breaking commercial ship. It will be able to navigate 1.7 m thick ice-covered waters with a speed of 6 knots. The ship will measure 310 m in length and 51 m in width.

Vale Orders 12 Ships

Mining company Vale has signed a contact with Rongsheng Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries of China to build 12 carries valued at $ 1.6b to transport iron ore to , the Brazilian company has announced. The very large ore carriers (VLOC) each have capacity to carry 400,000 metric tons, said Vale, and the shipbuilding order is part of the firm’s plan to maximize efficiency if its operations in the iron ore market, a strategy including using longer freight trains with 330 wagons and more efficient locomotives. Vale said its has decided to create a sea transport fleet dedicated to the Brazil-Asia route as this region will contribute most to growth of global demand for iron ore.

Vale VLOC Docks in Japan for First Time

'Valemax' iron ore carrier 'Berge Aconcagua' docks in Japan's Oita Port, a first for this type of ship According to '4-Traders', Brazilian mining company Vale SA informed that its Valemax iron ore vessel--one of seven large iron ore carriers currently operated by Vale--docked in Japan for the first time. The vessel, named the Berge Aconcagua, transported ore to Oita port for Nippon Steel Corporation (NSC). Valemax vessels can carry 400,000 metric tons of iron ore. Vale has encountered difficulties docking Valemax vessels in China--where several of the vessels are being built--due to resistance from Chinese shipowners and alleged port handling capacity problems.    

VLOC Delivered to Oman Shipping Co.

VLOC Vale Saham: Photo credit Oman Shipping Co.

Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has taken delivery of its third Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) 'Vale Saham' in China. The giant bulk carrier will be used to transport iron ore from Brazil to Sohar, Oman. OSC has one more vessel of its class under construction at Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries Company in Nantong in China. Vale Saham, the new Rongsheng-built VLOC delivered to OSC adopts an environmentally friendly design to lower oil consumption and reduce the emission of CO2, while its operating efficiency exceeds that of most existing ore carriers.

Hyundai Heavy Signed $400 Million Order to Build 5 VLOCs

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has clinched a deal worth approximately US$400 million to build five very large ore carriers(VLOCs) from Seoul-based shipper Polaris Shipping. "HHI has signed a $400 Million worth contract to build five 325,000 dwt VLOCs (Very Large Ore Carrier) with Polaris Shipping. It is the option exercised following the contract of ten same class VLOCs with Polaris Shipping on September 25," said a company statement. HHI Group’s shipbuilding affiliates have so far this year won new orders of 110 ships worth $ 6.7 billion, 90% of the $ 7.5 billion annual target.

CMES Establishes Subsidiary for Valemax

Valemax. Photo by Vale.

China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd (CMES), the dry and wet bulk arm of state conglomerate China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited, has set up a wholly owned subsidiary China VLOC Company Limited to operate 400,000 dwt ore carriers in Hong Kong. The new Hong Kong-based subsidiary will own the four Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) or "Valemax" vessels, purchased at a total price of $448m by CMES. The 400,000-deadweight-tonne ships are some of the largest ships ever built and were sold under accords between Vale and China Merchants.

Vale Concludes Sale of VLOCs to Cosco

Vale Brasil. Photo by Vale

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. The transaction amounted to 445 million dollars and the amount will be received by Vale upon delivery of the vessels to Cosco, which is scheduled to take place in June 2015. Under the agreement, four VLOCs ships are transferred to the Cosco and chartered to Vale for 25 years contract.

China Shipbuilder Delivers Two VLOC's

VLOC Delivery Ceremony: Photo credit Rongsheng

China Rongsheng Heavy Industries delivers two 380,000 dwt Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) to Vale S.A. & Oman Shipping Co. Christened as “VALE HEBEI” and “VALE SOHAR”, the latter new-building passed all inspections and surveys after just one week of sea trials. Despite the ongoing challenges on the shipbuilding industry brought about by the global financial crisis and the European debt crisis, China Rongsheng Heavy Industries’ delivery plan has not been readily impacted, and so far this year Rongsheng has delivered five VLOC's, with another four already launched and being outfitted.

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 $3.8bn in the first five months of 2017 will enlarge further.

MOL Announces Shipbuilding Program

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced a major expansion of the company's iron ore carrier fleet, with a proposal to launch 44 new vessels. The move is part of MOL's growth strategies in the new midterm management plan MOL ADVANCE, which began on April 1. MOL ADVANCE focuses on the allocation of management resources in growing fields of the ocean shipping industry. MOL expects production of crude steel will continue to grow, particularly in China, where major players in the industry are restructuring and integrating their operations. As a result, demand for the transport of raw materials for steel will also increase. As a leader in worldwide ore carrier operators, MOL is expanding its large-scale fleet with various types of vessels to meet diverse customer needs.

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, according to the median of eight analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg, compared with $4,459 on average since the end of June as assessed by the Baltic Exchange. Source: Bloomberg  

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 had not yet been finalised and will be released in the coming months.     (Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer)

Vale Completes Sale of 4 Ore Carriers to Chinese Consortium

File image (Vale): a Valemax Bulk carrier at the berth loading cargo.

Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA said late on Tuesday in a filing it had completed the sale of four very large ore carriers (VLOC), also known as Valemax class ships, to a consortium lead by ICBC Financial Leasing. ICBC is a subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited. The deal was valued at $423 million and the resources were transferred to Vale on Tuesday. Each VLOC has the capacity to carry 400,000 tonnes of ore. Reporting by Reese Ewing

Vale Sells Four 'ValeMax' Bulkers to China Merchants

A ValeMax very large ore carrier (file image: Vale)

Brazilian mining company Vale SA said on Thursday that it expects to receive $448 million from the sale of four dry-bulk iron ore ships to China's state-owned China Merchants Energy Shipping Co in September. The 400,000-deadweight-tonne ships, known as Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) or "Valemax" vessels, are some of the largest ships ever built and were sold under accords between Vale and China Merchants signed in September 2014 and in May 2015, Vale said in a statement. Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Jeb Blount

China Shipping Devt Unit Enters $360.64M Shipbuilding Deal

China Shipping Development Co. Ltd. (1138.HK) said its wholly-owned unit, China Shipping Development (Hong Kong) Marine Co. Ltd., has entered into an agreement with a mainland China shipbuilding firm to construct four very large iron ore carriers (VLOCs) for a total of $360.64m. It said it has contracted CSSC Guangzhou Longxue Shipbuilding Co Ltd to build the VLOCs, each of which will be used to transport iron ore. [Source: http://www.tradingmarkets.com]

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