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Saturday, April 4, 2020

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Costa Fascinosa (Photo: Costa Cruises)

Brazil Blocks Costa Cruise Crew from Coming Ashore Due to Coronavirus

A Brazilian court has barred crew members from disembarking from the Costa Fascinosa cruise ship anchored with no passengers at the port of Santos after some of their mates developed coronavirus symptoms, city authorities said on Monday.All passengers on the ship, which has a capacity for 3,800 passengers and crew, were disembarked on March 17 at Santos and only the crew remained in quarantined.Santos is Latin America's largest port and where most of Brazil's agriculture commodities are exported.Last week…

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Dock Workers at Brazil's Santos Port Call off Strike Vote

A union representing the on-demand dock workers has called off a vote that had been scheduled for Monday on whether to hold a strike at Latin America's largest port over concerns about risks from the coronavirus outbreak.In a statement on Sunday, the union - which said it represents about 5,000 people - said the cancellation of the vote was due to a request from government officials.

China to invest billions in Brazilian Port

China will make a billion-dollar investment in the Brazilian port of Sao Luis via China Communications Construction Company, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said the announcement will be made at the summit of leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the so-called BRICS group of emerging nations, who are meeting in the Brazilian capital for a two-day summit.The deal will be part of the largest foreign direct investment into Brazil this year…

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Beijing: U.S.-China Trade Talks 'constructive'

U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up a brief round of trade talks on Wednesday that Beijing described as "constructive", including discussion of further purchases of American farm goods and an agreement to reconvene in September.The first face-to-face trade talks since a ceasefire was agreed last month amounted to a working dinner on Tuesday at Shanghai's historic Fairmont Peace Hotel and a half-day meeting on Wednesday, before U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin flew out."Both sides…

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Brazil Police Cracking Down on Cargo Theft

Brazil's federal police sought to arrest some 64 people on Tuesday as part of a cargo theft investigation, police said in a statement, as Latin America's largest economy seeks to gain control over its increasingly insecure highways.The operation, code-named "Transbordo," uncovered a cargo theft scheme involving truck drivers in six Brazilian states, ranging from Ceará in the impoverished Northeast to Sao Paulo in the populous Southeast.

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Brazil May Import U.S. Soybeans due to U.S.-China Trade Spat

Brazil, the world's largest soybean exporter, may have to import the oilseed from the United States this year to satisfy demand from local processors, an executive of exporters association Anec said on Thursday. If China's demand for Brazilian soy rises due to a trade war with the United States, local processors may have to resort to importing 500,000 to 1 million tonnes from the United States, Luis Barbieri told an event in Sao Paulo. China has announced 25 percent tariffs on a range of U.S. products scheduled to take effect from July 6.

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Kalmar Promotes New Range of Reachstackers in Latin American

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, launches a new range of equipment designed to offer customers in the Latin American market a value-based choice of the high quality, reliable equipment that Kalmar is known for. Based on Kalmar's proven G-generation platform, the Essential range includes reachstackers, empty container handlers and forklifts. The range will be introduced for customers in the region during the Intermodal South America conference in São Paulo, Brazil on 13-15 March 2018.

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Antwerp Sets up Maritime Training Institute in Brazil

The port of Antwerp is to make its know-how and expertise available to further professionalise the management of ports in Brazil. It will do this by among other things providing a special series of seminars in two already active training centres for maritime professionals in Brazil. The initiative is laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on Tuesday this week by Marc Van Peel with among others Maurício Quintella, the Brazilian minister of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation.

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Santos Port to Suspend Shipments of Live Animals

The company that operates Latin America’s largest port in the Brazilian city of Santos said on Friday it will suspend shipments of live animals. The company detailed its decision in a letter seen by Reuters that was sent by state-run Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo to a congressman. A press officer at Codesp, as the state-run operator is known, said the letter was authentic. Later, the company sent a statement confirming the suspension. The statement said that kind of operation…

SpotSee Opens South America Office

Dallas based shock and vibration monitoring solutions provider SpotSee said it has opened a new office in Sorocaba, located just outside of São Paulo, Brazil, to providing sales and technical support to clients in Latin America. “Central and South America are important regions for us,” said Tony Fonk, president and CEO, SpotSee. Roberto Pinheiro will lead the new facility as Central and South America General Manager. SpotSee provides shock and vibration monitoring via connectivity and data, and is parent to brands such as ShockWatch, SpotBot, ShockLog and OpsWatch.

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DP World Increases Stake in Brazilian Port to 100%

DP World has completed the acquisition of an additional 66.67% stake in Empresa Brasileira de Terminais Portuários (Embraport) in Brazil from Odebrecht Transport (OTP). This transaction increases DP World’s shareholding to 100% and the terminal will be rebranded to DP World Santos. DP World Santos is the largest Brazilian private multi-modal port terminal and operates in the Port of Santos, which is the busiest container port in Latin America handling 3.4m TEU in 2016 and has strategic access to sea, road and rail, and 90% of the cargo is destined for Brazil’s most populous city, São Paulo.

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Clipper Bulk Consolidates

Denmark based Clipper Group said it will simplify its operational and administrative setup in its core business area, the dry bulk market. Clipper will concentrate its bulk business in Copenhagen, Houston and Hong Kong going forward, closing its offices in Stamford, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore and Beijing. The company's offices in Barranquilla, Tokyo and Nassau will remain unchanged. “We want to make communication more effective and our response time to market changes shorter.

GAC Brazil Opens Office in São Luis

GAC Brazil continues its regional expansion with the opening of a ninth office at São Luis, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Maranhao – making it the first to be located in the northern region of Brazil. Situated on São Marcos Bay, an extension of the Atlantic Ocean, the office will serve two major ports in the area – Ponta da Madeira (PDM) and Porto do Itaqui – as well as Alumar Terminal, which receives a large number of ships per year discharging raw materials used on aluminum production loading alumina in bulk.

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A Full Agenda for the International Container Trades

The past couple of months have been chock-a-block full of maritime activity in the international container trades. As the Big-3 Japanese Lines remain still on track to spin-off their container business units into a single standalone container carrier company, some delayed merger and acquisition activity is finally moving ahead. Separately, Congress has taken a keen interest in the Shipping Act. On May 2, 2017, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), unanimously voted to reject the Tripartite Agreement proposed by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line); Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.

One of GE’s e-houses that provides power generation and control to the Tiplam terminal at the port. (Photo: GE)

GE Boosts Power in Santos Port Upgrade

GE Energy Connections (NYSE: GE) has recently delivered the full turnkey project to VLI for engineering, supply and commissioning of the port terminal Luiz Antonio Mesquita Integrator Port Terminal (Tiplam) at the port of Santos, located in the city of Santos, state of São Paulo, Brazil. GE’s integrated electrical solutions provided a one-stop solution for the customer’s electrification, power generation and control needs. Brazil’s economy relies heavily on exports of natural resources-based products.

Supply Chain Advantages for Brazilian-European Trade

After the successful participation in Intermodal South America in Sao Paulo (Brazil), the port of Antwerp in collaboration with the local industrial and agricultural federations organised a business seminar with networking in the nearby state of Minas Gerais. The event was attended by 50 or so prominent Brazilians including shippers, ship's agents and logistics service providers. It was also honoured by the presence of high representatives from both federations, the government of Minas Gerais and the Belgian diplomatic corps in Brazil.

China's CMG in Talks for Advent's Brazil Port Stake

China Merchants Group Ltd is in advanced talks to buy Advent International Corp's 50 percent stake in TCP Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá SA, Brazil's second-busiest container port, O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper said on Thursday. According to Estado, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the transaction, talks with the Chinese state-run company known as CMG gained momentum after Advent's negotiations with Dubai-based DP World Ltd hit a snag. Reuters reported in August that Advent had hired Morgan Stanley & Co and Grupo BTG Pactual SA to sell the TCP stake.

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Eimskip Acquires Mareco in Belgium

Eimskip has strengthened its position in worldwide reefer logistics services by acquiring 80% of the forwarding company Mareco N.V. The company was founded in 2002 and its headquarters are located in Antwerp,Belgium. The current management team will continue to own a 20% share in the company and will manage its operations. Mareco employs 26 people in two locations, 22 in Antwerp and four in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mareco focuses on reefer logistics services, especially export to West, Central and South Africa from all over the world. Main commodities are seafood, chicken, pork and beef.

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Port of Santos Bullish on 2017

In a year of changes and challenges in the national and global scenarios, Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo (Codesp) (Santos Port Authority) has developed actions to maintain the position of the Port of Santos as the main port complex in Latin America. The largest port complex in Latin America, is forecasting to move a record 120.6 million tons of cargo in 2017. CODESP estimates that the cargo movement through the Port of Santos totaled 113.475 million tons in 2016. The port aims to  "not only the largest but the best port to operate"…

Henry Woo (Photo: HANSA HEAVY LIFT)

Woo to Head HANSA HEAVY LIFT’s APAC Division

Henry Woo has been appointed to head up the Asia-Pacific (APAC) division at HANSA HEAVY LIFT, taking over from Joerg Roehl. Woo, who will be based at the shipping line’s Asia headquarters in Singapore, has two decades of experience in the supply chain and shipping industry, including senior roles with BBC Chartering, DHL Global Forwarding Management and DB Schenker, where he helped build teams in the region. Roehl, who was part of the company’s founding management team, decided to move back to Europe after almost six years with the organization.

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Empire State Stake, Melbourne Port Among Q3 Sovereign Fund Acquisitions

An Australian port and a stake in the Empire State Building's operator were among assets acquired by sovereign investors such as wealth funds and state pension funds in the third quarter of 2016, with deals totalling $21.2 billion. The combined value of deals was up 38 percent from the previous quarter, helped by a handful of jumbo-sized transactions in the infrastructure, energy and real estate segments, although the number of direct investments fell to 35 from 43 in the second quarter, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

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GAC Brazil Sets Up 7th Office

In the latest stage of its national expansion, GAC Brazil has opened a seventh office to offer its shipping, logistics, bunker fuels and marine logistics at one of the country’s newest and rapidly growing port complexes, in the north of Rio de Janeiro State. The new office, which officially opened this week at São João da Barra RJ, covers operations at the Açu port complex. Located 315 km north of Rio de Janeiro city, Açu has ten berths, with plans to add another 20, and at 21 metres, is deep enough to accommodate some of the world’s largest freight vessels.

EUROGATE -Bremerhaven. The company  can look back on a good financial year Photo EUROGATE

EUROGATE Net Profit Up 13%

EUROGATE can look back on a good financial year, 2015. Despite difficult market conditions the European terminal operators Group increased its net profit by 13.4 percent to EUR 73.5 million (prior year EUR 64.9 million). Container handling at the German EUROGATE locations grew faster than the market. In Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven and Hamburg EUROGATE 2015 hit with 8.2 million standard containers (TEU) 1.5 percent more boxes in order as 2014. The entire North Range ports recorded in the same period dropped by 1.6 percent.

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UASC Expands Further in S.America

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced the opening of a new joint-venture agency in Uruguay and participation in this year’s Intermodal South America exhibition, opening today in São Paulo and running until 7th April. These initiatives are part of the carrier’s ambitious growth plans and customer-focused strategy, and highlight the importance of the South American market for UASC. Following several initiatives including significant investment in new reefer units and a cooperation agreement with Hamburg Süd opening up new services to East Coast South America…

Roger Agnelli. Photo: Vale SA

Valemax Mastermind Roger Agnelli Dies in a Plane Crash

The man responsible for giving the dry bulk industry the valemax died on Sunday  in a Sao Paulo plane crash. Roger Agnelli, the former head of the Brazilian mining giant Vale, has died after his private jet crashed into a residential building in Sao Paulo, local media reported. He was 56. Agnelli, his wife and two of his children were among seven killed when his aircraft slammed into the building around 18:20 GMT on Saturday, minutes after taking off from an airport in northern Sao Paulo, an aviation official told Reuters news agency.

Torben Ottermann (Photo: Hansa Heavy Lift)

Hansa Heavy Lift Opens 2 New Offices

Hansa Heavy Lift announced the continuation of its global expansion program with new offices in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as the appointment of a new commercial agent in Colombia. The new office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is headed by Marcello Marano, Business Development Manager, while the office in Dubai, UAE will be managed by Torben Ottermann. The global tramp shipping line has also appointed 3 Oceans SAS as its agent in Colombia, based in Cartagena and headed by Luis E. Cavelier, General Manager.