Brazilian miner Vale inaugurated the largest project ever in the mining industry over the weekend. The mine, Eliezer Batista, represents combined investments of more than USD 14 billion and is expected to commence operations in January 2017.
The ailing multi-purpose and heavy lift sector could tumble further down next year, for which very few contracts have been signed so far, according to assessments from operators. Drewry downgrades its already weak forecast.
After a brutal start to 2016, it now seems that 2017 will be a much better year for dry bulk carriers such as Norden and Golden Ocean, which currently boast positive recommendations from Danske Bank as well as Clarksons Platou.
The market for heavy lift transport and multipurpose has been ailing for several years now, and 2017 looks set to be another difficult year for the industry, which will have to look to new areas in order to fill its vessels. Douglas-Westwood points to two segments with potential in a new analysis.
APM Terminals has received the final approvals to operate the newly built terminal in Guatemala, which is at the center of a large-scale corruption scandal. The first ship called on Sunday, and the terminal is expected operational soon. The opening was met with local protests.
Several container carriers have received penalties in China for failing to provide correct information about their freight rates to the Chinese ministry of transports. The carriers fined include CMA CGM and Hamburg Süd. But the size of the fine is fairly modest.
Earnings at the Arabian LNG carrier decreased by a little under QAR 30 million in 2016. Despite the downturn in the oil and gas market and overcapacity in the shipping markets, the carrier is pleased with the result.