November 2018 issue
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China to announce resumption in US Soy purchases soon

China intends to announce this month the first batch of U.S. soybean purchases where most, if not all, will be destined for state reserves

Panama Canal signs agreement with Port of Itaqui, Brazil

The Panama Canal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Port of Itaqui, Brazil, to promote the shipment of grains and other cargoes

Three incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia

A total of three incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in November 2018

"Breakbulk Carrousel" plan signed for Rotterdam's Waalhaven

Breakbulk carrousel’ gives breakbulk and heavy cargo companies space for further growth in Rotterdam’s Waalhaven.

BIMCO publishes two 2020 sulphur clauses

BIMCO has published two sulphur content related bunker clauses which are now available on the BIMCO website

Cat 990K wheel loader to receive payload boost with Aggregate Handler

Caterpillar has boosted the payload of its 990K wheel loader with the introduction of its Aggregate Handler.

China November soybean imports plunge 38 percent year-on-year

China imported 5.38 million tonnes of soybeans in November, down 38 percent from a year ago and the lowest monthly number in two years

Excavation begins on polyhalite ore transportation tunnel

Tunnelling has began today on Sirius Minerals’ 23 mile underground mineral transportation system at Wilton International on Teesside.

Port of Tallinn to reward ESI ships

Port of Tallinn rewards emission-reducing ships with a discount of up to 8% on tonnage fees

Transnet Saldhana iron ore line re-opened

The Saldanha iron ore export channel has been re- opened two days earlier than scheduled owing to the vigorous and quick response led by Transnet engineers.

Vale focuses on iron ore quality

Vale will continue to pursue iron ore products quality improvements with the acquisition of developer Ferrous Resources and expanding projects with existing synergies

Noble Group's $3.5 billion restructuring at risk as authorities block new listing

Noble Group’s $3.5 billion debt rescue plan was thrown into doubt on Thursday when Singapore authorities said they would block the re-listing of shares

Rio Tinto loads first Amrun bauxite

Rio Tinto’s Amrun project in Queensland, Australia, has shipped out its first consignment of bauxite, six weeks ahead of schedule.

British Ports Association looks at opportunities and challenges for coastal shipping

Seizing the opportunity to utilise the UK’s diverse range of ports for short sea shipping was the topic of the British Ports Association’s coastal shipping seminar held in London on 29 November.

Caught in Russia-Ukraine storm: A cargo ship and tonnes of grain

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.

Commercial Sea Port “Yuzhny” throughput increases by 5,4% for 2018

The state company “Sea Commercial Port “Yuzhny” handled 11,2 mt of cargo for 11 months of 2018, which is 5,4% more than last year.

Newcastle coal exports slide 28% in November

Australian coal exports from the key harbour of Newcastle slid by 28% over the course of November to 7.1m tonnes

The Biggest Political Risks to the World Economy in 2019

Governments behaving badly — with populists and authoritarians flouting the rules and international relations fraying — pose some of the biggest risks to the world economy in 2019.

Meeting of the International Grains Council

Members of the International Grains Council (IGC) convened for the 48th Council Session in Paris, on 4 December 2018.

Singapore to ban 'wash water' discharge at top ship refueling port from 2020

Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority (MPA) will ban the discharge of “wash water” used in ships to scrub engine exhaust from Jan. 1, 2020, the MPA said on Friday.

'Storm clouds' on the horizon for US coal exports

The recent strong seaborne market for US thermal and metallurgical coal could soon face pressure from slowing global economic growth and escalating trade tension

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