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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Top Global Traders Push to Cut Shipping Emissions

Some of the world's biggest commodities and energy players on Wednesday launched an initiative to cut and track emissions from the ships they charter as efforts intensify to reduce the maritime industry's carbon footprint.About 90% of world trade is transported by sea, and the UN shipping agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050.Carbon emissions from shipping rose in the six-year period to 2018 and accounted for 2.89% of the world’s CO2, the latest IMO-commissioned study showed, mounting pressure on the

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Canadian Grain Exports Flowing Fast

Canadian grain exporters are boosting sales in a slumping global economy, as demand for commodities like oil weakens and frees up railway space.Brisk crop movement in a country that relies heavily on rail is a bright spot during pandemic lockdowns, which have hammered most industries."We've had an almost unlimited supply of rail cars and power. We're shipping off the map," said John Heimbecker, chief executive of grain handler Parrish & Heimbecker.Canada exported a record 959,900 tonnes of wheat in the week ended May 10, although year-to-date volumes from Aug. 1 are behind.

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Indigenous Leaders Fear Amazon Soy Port Could be Conduit for COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic reaches deep into Brazil’s Amazon, a ceaseless stream of trucks carry soybeans and construction workers to an expanding port complex in the heart of the forest.Indigenous activists have opposed the Itaituba port in Pará state for nearly a decade, even before shipments began there in 2014.But now the pandemic and expansion works are fueling new fears about the port’s impact on traditional communities and the biodiversity riches of the Tapajós river.“There’s a flow of workers all the time. Nothing’s changed.

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China-Australia Row to Reshuffle Trade in Bulging Barley Market

A prohibitive Chinese import tariff on Australian barley will benefit other suppliers without changing the bleak global outlook caused by large stocks and depressed beer demand, analysts and traders said.Beijing said on Monday it would apply an 80.5% tariff on Australian barley imports for the next five years, a move expected to all but halt flows from its main supplier.“This should benefit Canada and France that have plenty of stock this year,” Helene Duflot of French consultancy Strategie Grains said.

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Inmarsat Takes Founding Role in Asia's Decarbonizing Shipping

Inmarsat is a founding member of Asia’s first ‘Decarbonizing Shipping’ initiative to harness the power of start-ups to meet UN targets on greenhouse gas emissions, which launched earlier this month. The regional initiative, based in Singapore, is part of the Trade & Transport Impact (TTI) program from venture development firm Rainmaking to bring startups together with backers with maritime experience and expertise. Inmarsat joined the first two cycles of TTI, held in Europe in 2019…

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Poseidon Readies $140Bn Shipping Loan

With the signing by the France-based international lender to global shipping BNP Paribas and the Swiss multinational investment bank Credit Suisse, Signatories of the Poseidon Principles represent around $140 billion in loans to international shipping – about 30% of the total global ship finance portfolio.Poseidon Principles is a global framework for responsible ship finance which helps incentivize shipping’s decarbonization.They establish a common framework to quantitatively…

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Diana Shipping Fixes Medusa with Cargill

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 Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Medusa.The gross charter rate is US$11,000 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about 11 months to maximum 13 months, said the global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels.The new charter period is expected to commence on November 15…

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Polymnia TC Cancelled: Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping announced the cancellation of the time charter contract with Al Ghurair Resources International, Dubai, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Polymnia, as announced on October 10, 2019.According to the global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, charterers have exercised their right to cancel the time charter contract since the vessel was not delivered, due to unforeseen events, unrelated to the condition of the vessel…

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Shipping Executives Push 'Carbon Levies'

Executives at some of the world's top shipping groups are advocating a levy on carbon emissions on shipping in an effort to shape tightening rules on greenhouse gas emissions while providing a means to fund development of cleaner fuel sources."To meet international shipping's decarbonization challenge, the maritime industry needs a carbon levy, it is coming, and we should shape it," said Andreas Sohmen-Pao, chairman of BW Group at the Global Maritime Forum in Singapore this week.The…

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Cargill, Maersk & Mitsui to Collaborate on Emissions

Cargill, Maersk Tankers and Mitsui & Co. have established a strategic collaboration to accelerate the reduction of global greenhouse gases (GHGs) within shipping. All three parties recognize the urgency required to tackle the global issue of climate change and are continually driving progress in their respective lines of business. Today, they are joining forces to accelerate these efforts and propel the maritime industry towards a more sustainable future.Together, the companies…

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Shipping Sector Sets Course for Zero Carbon

Leading ports, banks, oil and shipping companies on Monday launched an initiative which aims to have ships and marine fuels with zero carbon emissions on the high seas by 2030, in another step by the maritime sector to reduce CO2.International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the U.N.'s International Maritime Organization (IMO), has a long-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050.Achieving this target will…

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Cargill, Maersk Tankers to Run Joint Pool

Commodities trader Cargill and shipowner Maersk Tankers aim to build a joint Medium Range (MR) tanker pool with more vessels as they seek to cut emissions."The strategic partnership will improve flexibility for customers and reduce fuel consumption and emissions, whilst having a positive impact on time-charter-equivalent earnings for partners," claimed Maersk Tankers which operates 164 product tanker vessels.Cargill will enter its MR fleet into the existing Maersk Tankers MR pool…

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Labor Spat at Vancouver Ends as Deal Reached

Longshore workers at Canada's biggest port, the Port of Vancouver, were locked out on Thursday in a labor dispute over technology changes, temporarily grinding most shipping there to a halt. The lockout ended in a deal on Thursday with their employer after a few hours, the workers' union said.A tentative agreement on a new contract was reached with the BC Maritime Employers Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada said in a statement. Jim Thompson, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada…

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U.S. DOT Announces New MTSNAC Members

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of 29 members to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).Established in 2010, the MTSNAC is made up of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academia, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary on policies to ensure that the marine transportation system can respond to projected trade increases.“This advisory committee will help strengthen and modernize our nation’s maritime capabilities…

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Diana Shipping Fixes 'Salt Lake City' with Cargill

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 Salt Lake City.The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels said that the gross charter rate is US$9,750 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 20 months to maximum 23 months. The charter is expected to commence on March 14…

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Euronav to Deploy ULCC for LSFO Storage

Euronav, one of the largest tanker companies in the world, will deploy one of its two ultra large crude carriers (ULCC) to store cleaner marine fuel ahead of a major regulatory change in 2020, the Belgium-headquartered group said on Friday.From January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, in one of the biggest changes in the oil market in decades.Only ships fitted…

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Bunge Posts Q4 Loss as Trade War Hits Soy Prices

Global grains merchant Bunge Ltd reported a fourth-quarter loss on Thursday as fallout from the U.S.-China trade war dragged down soybean prices in Brazil.Shares of the White Plains, New York-based company slumped nearly 4 percent in premarket trading to $50.75 per share.Brazilian soy prices had swelled to a steep premium to U.S. beans after China slapped steep tariffs on shipments from the United States in July. But that premium narrowed after the countries declared a temporary truce in their trade war on Dec.

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Diana Shipping Fixes with Uniper and Phaethon

Diana Shipping announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Amphitrite, for a period of minimum 14 months to maximum 17 months.The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels said in a press release that the gross charter rate is US$5,000 per day for the first five (5) days of the charter period and US$12…

Cargo Ships Caught in Russia-Ukraine Storm

Russia-Ukraine naval clash followed shipping holdups Ships bound for Ukrainian ports say they are held up while those bound for Russian ports go through.When the Island Bay cargo ship arrived from Beirut at the Kerch Strait, gateway to the Azov Sea, it sailed into a perfect storm of geopolitics and bad weather.The following day, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian naval ships, impounded them and detained their sailors, some of them wounded. It then blocked the strait by putting…

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Seanergy Maritime in Leaseback, Refinancing Pact with Cargill

The dry bulk cargo shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings announced has successfully concluded the refinancing of the 2011-built Capesize M/V Championship through a leasing agreement with Cargill International.The Nasdaq listed shipping company based in Greece informed that the refinancing has released approximately $7.8 million of liquidity for the Company.Pursuant to the agreement, the Company has chartered back the Vessel on a bareboat basis and subsequently entered it…

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Decarbonization: 34 Maritime CEOs Call for Action

A who’s who list of maritime industry executives have signed on to voice their support for a zero-carbon future in shipping.The not-for-profit foundation the Global Maritime Forum brought together a group of 34 CEOs and industry leaders from across the global maritime sector to sign a call for action and lead the industry in a transition toward decarbonization.To achieve this, these leaders believe the maritime industry needs to accelerate both technological and business model innovation…

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Louis Dreyfus CEO, CFO Quit

Louis Dreyfus Company announced the surprise departures of its chief executive and head of finance on Tuesday, triggering another reshuffle at the commodities giant as it strives to recover from weak agricultural markets.The group said in a statement that Gonzalo Ramirez Martiarena had resigned as CEO after three years in the post to pursue other opportunities, and would be replaced with immediate effect by Ian McIntosh, previously chief strategy officer.British national McIntosh…

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Diana Shipping Signs TC m/v Medusa with Cargill

Diana Shipping announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International, Geneva, for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Medusa.The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels said that the gross charter rate is US$14,000 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 13 months to maximum 15 months.The new charter period commenced yesterday.

Navios Taps Bryan as COO

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. has hired Cargill's dry bulk trading head Jeremy J. Bryan as chief operating officer of Navios Corporation, effective as of February 1, 2019.Bryan, who worked at Cargill International S.A. since 1992, has served in various positions during his tenure there, most recently as global head of dry bulk trading, having previously served as the head of the Panamax and Handymax trading departments.He has also served as a Lieutenant in the Dutch Military and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Nijenrode Business University.

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Brazil Freight Policy Signed into Law

Brazil's President Michel Temer signed into law a bill authorizing the government to set minimum truck freight prices, drawing criticism from farm groups who said the measures would drive up costs for food.According to a decision published in the official gazette on Thursday, Temer only vetoed one provision that would have pardoned truckers from paying fines for their role in staging an 11-day strike in May. The stoppage crippled Brazil's roads, hampering deliveries of everything from fuel to grains.The new law requires truck freight prices to be equal to…

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Brazil companies mull buying trucks to avoid higher shipping fees

Manufacturers of heavy trucks have been fielding inquiries from Brazilian companies looking into purchasing their own fleets to get around higher mandatory pricing for independent truckers who staged a nationwide strike in May against high fuel costs and low compensation.Volvo AB and the Mercedes-Benz truck unit of Daimler AG have received inquiries from big companies looking into owning and operating their own truck fleets, representatives for the truck makers said.Smaller buyers such as farmers have already begun placing orders…