Baltic Index Down on Lower Panamax Rates
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index edged down on Friday, as lower rates for panamax vessels more than offset a rise in the capesize and supramax segments.The Baltic index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels that ferry dry bulk commodities, fell 2 points, or 0.3%, to 631.However, the index gained 2.3% this week, marking its fifth straight weekly gain.The capesize index rose 44 points to -311.Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170…
Klaveness Partners BHP on Shipping, Logistics Platforms
BHP’s Maritime and Supply Chain Excellence team and Klaveness Digital have partnered to develop CargoValue, a shipping and logistics platform, to improve the way the industry collaborates and shares scheduling and vessel information.The concept will enable BHP and its partners to access the same shipping information in real-time, customers on the platform can also see the shipping schedule and calculate impact on their inventory and production.As a first proof of concept, BHP…
Turkish Steel Giant in Logistics Pact with MOL
Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed a memorandum of agreement with Turkish steel producer Tosyali Holding A.S.A joint press release said that the agreement is to begin the research toward a strategic partnership, and in this respect signed a memorandum of agreement in the presence of Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, Turkish Ambassador to Japan, at the Turkish Embassy in Tokyo on August 30.The companies will study the possibility of a partnership in the transport of raw materials and steel products in Tosyalı's production networks in Turkey and overseas…
“It’s the steel production, stupid!”
BIMCO's Peter Sand, in a new report, weighs in on the implications for the Dry Bulk sectors.Chinese imports of iron ore keep falling, while its crude steel production keeps growing. China’s increased use of scrap metal for its production of crude steel is fundamentally critical to the dry bulk shipping industry. Mostly Capesize ships are impacted by this, way beyond the temporary iron ore export disruptions in Brazil and Australia.Chinese steel production grew by a massive 12.6 million tonnes (+9.2%) in the first two months on 2019 as estimated by China Iron and Steel Association (CISA).
Port of Amsterdam to Build Europe’s Biggest Hydrogen Cluster
Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Tata Steel and the Port of Amsterdam have joined together to study the feasibility of a large green hydrogen cluster in the Amsterdam region.According to a press release, the three parties consider green hydrogen as vital for reaching climate targets and building a more circular economy, for example by combining it with emissions from steel manufacture to make new products.As a first step, the parties will study the feasibility of a 100 megawatt water electrolysis facility to produce up to 15…
China Busts Gangs Smuggling Scrap Steel
Customs in China's southeastern Fujian province broke up five gangs smuggling scrap steel in a late-night operation on Monday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.A total of 28 criminal suspects were held in Xiamen, Quanzhou and other cities in the coordinated operation, in which 3,237 tonnes of scrap steel was seized.The gangs had been buying the scrap in China, the world's biggest steel producer, since 2017 and sending it to Southeast Asian countries, Xinhua said.Amount of scrap smuggled was put at around 50,000 tonnes, worth some 78 million yuan ($12.2 million), as gangs sought to cash
NYK, Oyak to Build Car Terminal in Turkey
Turkey’s Oyak Group - owner of the country’s biggest steel producer, Erdemir Group - is to invest in a car logistics terminal in Yarimca port near Istanbul in partnership with Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line). According to a Reuters report, the investment will be $110 million. According to NYK press release, Süleyman Savaş Erdem, general manager of OYAK, and Koichi Chikaraishi, NYK representative director and senior managing corporate officer, were on hand for the signing ceremony held in Istanbul on April 5.
Baltic Index Advances on Firm Capesize Demand
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday on stronger rates for capesize and panamax vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 20 points, or 2.19 percent, at 932 points. The capesize index gained 51 points, or 5.47 percent, to 984 points. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were up $391 at $8,171.
Baltic Index Streaks to Highest Level since 2014
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its gaining streak on Tuesday with a fresh more-than-two-year high, driven by strong demand for large iron ore vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 51 points, or 4 percent, at 1,333 points, its highest level since November 11, 2014. The capesize index climbed 145 points, or 5.5 percent, to 2,765 points, its best since November 25, 2014.
Indiana Ports set Quarterly Tonnage Record
The Ports of Indiana handled nearly 3.9 million tons of cargo during the fourth quarter of 2016, the highest quarterly shipment total in the organization's 55-year history. The total surpassed the ports' previous quarterly record set in the second quarter of 2015 by 300,000 tons. The state's three ports' shipped nearly 11.3 million tons in 2016, the second highest volume in history and the third consecutive year the ports exceeded 10 million tons annually. Since 2014, the Ports of Indiana has handled 34 million tons of cargo, the highest three-year total since Indiana's ports opened.
POSCO Production at Indiana Ports to start in 2017
Officials from POSCO, the Ports of Indiana and community leaders gathered to break ground today on POSCO's new wire rod processing center at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. POSCO is a multinational company headquartered in Pohang, South Korea, and the fifth-largest steel producer in the world. The new $19 million facility is expected to begin operations in 2017 and create up to 60 high-wage jobs by 2018. POSCO is South Korea's fourth largest company, behind Samsung Electronics, SK Holdings and Hyundai Motors, and is ranked No. 162 in Fortune's Global 500.
POSCO Plans Port Plant at Indiana-Jeffersonville
POSCO, a multinational company headquartered in Pohang, South Korea, and the fifth-largest steel producer in the world, has announced plans to build a wire rod processing center at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, creating up to 60 high-wage jobs by 2018. POSCO is South Korea's fourth largest company, behind Samsung Electronics, SK Holdings and Hyundai Motors, and is ranked No. 162 in Fortune's Global 500. "Although we are located on different continents, South Korea and Indiana both share a reputation of excellence when it comes to advanced manufacturing," said Governor Mike Pence.
San Pedro Port Seeks $1.65b for Expansion
Ivory Coast's port of San Pedro is seeking 777 billion CFA francs ($1.65 billion) from private partners to fund upgrades that aim to make it one of West Africa's top shipping hubs, including for iron ore and nickel, the transport minister said. San Pedro is already the world's leading port for cocoa exports, shipping more than half of total output from Ivory Coast, the top producer of the chocolate ingredient. It also exports coffee, palm oil, timber and cotton. But the government of President Alassane Ouattara wants to make the port the centrepiece of an ambitious plan that would see more than 8 trillion CFA francs invested in the development of the country's predominantly agricultural western regions.
Two Million Pound Machine Bound for Germany
On October 17, the Port of Cleveland exported a two million pound machine manufactured by an Ohio company to Bremen, Germany for use in ArcelorMittal’s plant there. Butech Bliss, a 150-year-old company based in Salem, manufactures heavy equipment for the metals processing industry. For over a year, the company’s 230 employees have been working to manufacture the shear for ArcelorMittal, the largest steel producer in the world. The machine is designed to cut three-inch-thick by 86 inch wide steel in its Bremen Hot Mill. The company was awarded the work after it won a competitive process with European-based companies for the job. Will Friedman…
Tata Steel is crowning glory of HMS Queen Elizabeth
Today’s naming ceremony of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth marks a major milestone in Tata Steel’s 12-year involvement in the project. In that time the company has supplied 40,000 tonnes of steel and developed three entirely new grades of lighter and stronger steel specifically for the future flagship of the Royal Navy. Tata Steel will also supply steel for the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. The naming ceremony will come five years after the first steel was manufactured…
Korean Register and Dongkuk Implement Technology Exchange
The Korean Register – an IACS member class society - signed an MoU with global steel producer Dongkuk Steel. The agreement paves the way for the two organizations to cooperate on the exchange of strategic technology relevant to the construction of seagoing vessels and platforms. Specifically, the agreement defines mutual cooperation for developing and surveying rolled steel used in the building of ships and marine structures. It covers new domestic projects such as natural gas carriers, technical information sharing on technology trends, information sharing on future demand for steel including from international and domestic ship yards, joint studies into the approval and development of new steel types and KR’s third-party surveying of Dongkuk Steel’s products. www.krs.co.kr
British Gov't Met Potential Buyer for Tata Steel UK
The British government opened talks on Tuesday with potential buyers for Tata Steel's UK operations, including Sanjeev Gupta's commodities company Liberty Group, as it stepped up its battle to find a buyer for the loss-making business. Accused by opposition lawmakers of being "asleep at the wheel" when India's Tata Steel put its entire British operations up for sale last week, Prime Minister David Cameron also met ministers to discuss the options for a business which employs 15,000 people. Britain's business minister Sajid Javid met with Gupta in London to establish how firm his interest was in the business. He was later due to fly to Mumbai to meet Tata Chairman Cyrus Mistry to agree the process for a sale.
New Brazil Iron Ore Port Planned
Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau plans 80 million ton-per-year iron ore port in Rio de Janeiro state Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau is planning to build its own port terminal at Sepetiba Bay near the company's Cosigua mill in Rio de Janeiro state, according to 'Business News Americas' The port terminal will be implemented in two phases and will be able to export 70Mt/y of iron ore and to receive 10Mt/y of mineral coal to meet the demand from the company's steel plants in Brazil's southeastern region Based in Porto Alegre, Gerdau is Latin America's largest steel producer and the biggest long steelmaker in the Americas. .
Further Turmoil for Dry Bulk Shipping
China’s demand for coal continues to diminish, so much so that India is expected to surpass China as the world’s largest coal importer later this year. According to international shipping association BIMCO, China’s consumption of coal accounts for just over 50 percent of global consumption, however only around 5 percent of it stems from imports, making the bulk shipping market very vulnerable to changes in demand. In the first six months of 2015, China has imported just under 100 million tons of coal totally (incl.
Study: Outlook Strong for Offshore Pipe Industry
The European outlook for the offshore pipe industry in 2014 is positive, according to a recent report conducted by Tata Steel, a supplier of innovative deep-water pipe line solutions. The study, conducted by Europe’s second largest steel producer, points to high energy demand from Africa, Asia and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations which will continue to drive offshore developments. The study highlights the growth in deepwater developments in Africa and Europe as signs that the offshore pipe line industry is set to continue its recovery.
Too Few Ships Drives Bid Prices for Cargo
The world's fleets of cargo ships are aging, and demand for commodities is surging. That means the cost of shipping will go up, pushing up prices and crimping supply. The top performing ETF year to date is Market Vectors Steel SLX, which has returned 72.65%. Other ETFs with big gains were iShares Dow Jones (NYSE:DJ) U.S. Oil Equipment IEZ, iShares S&P Global Materials Sector Index Fund, MXI and WisdomTree Basic Materials DBN. The iShares ETFs returned 41.60% and WisdomTree Basic Materials returned 38.43% year to date. The price of oil was a big factor for the iShares ETF, and that price in part reflects the cost of transport, just as with many other commodities. Shipping costs are measured by the Baltic Exchange Dry Index, an indicator of prices for transporting freight.
Chinese Shipping Agency Forms Canadian Subsidiary
Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. establishes Sino-Global Shipping Canada Inc., to provide ship services in Canadian ports. Sino-Global Shipping Canada is already providing shipping services to Baosteel's vessels in Canada. Baosteel, based in Shanghai, China, is the second largest steel producer in the world with huge demands for iron ore and other commodities. Mr. Cao Lei , Sino-Global's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "As we have noted in the past, Sino- Global Shipping America Ltd. has always sought to expand its geographical reach by developing relationships and activities worldwide. The new wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary is another step in establishing Sino-Global as the pre-eminent provider of shipping services worldwide.
Steel Prices Stay Firm
With global steel demand running at an unprecedented level, rapidly rising prices have been a constant headache for ship repairers, as well as ship builders, in recent months. And despite sharply higher steel output, there is little sign of any softening as the New Year dawns. According to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting their figures was 945m tonnes by the end of November, up 9% on the corresponding period one year earlier. Analysts were expecting total production to break through the billion tonne mark easily by the end of the year for the first time ever. IISI figures show that China accounted for the largest increase in output.