News & Media

06 September, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 590

AUSTRALIA LOOKS TO EXPORT LITHIUM, RARE EARTH AND COAL TO INDIA
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
The Australian government is looking to expand its trade ties with India in areas other than from thermal coal, where it is confident that the demand will remain robust. The country is looking to export lithium for electric vehicles, rare earth for high-tech renewable component, and high-quality coal, said Matthew Canavan, the Australian minister for natural resources. “India and Australia have a strong relationship on the coal side. There could be more direct investments in other directions such as minerals and agri products,” Canavan said in a media roundtable during his visit to New Delhi. He said there is a strong market for lithium in India given the government’s ambitious plans for electric vehicles.  FULL STORY

IRON ORE PRICE HIT BY BIGGEST MONTHLY DROP IN EIGHT YEARS
Source: Alex Gluyas (Australian Mining)
The seaborne iron ore price has experienced its largest one month drop in almost eight years as shipments increased to China, sparking supply pressure. S&P Global Platts reported that iron ore lump premiums have plummeted 74 per cent over the past two months as steel mills reduced the usage of lump in response to thin steel margins. Chinese steel-markers are instead turning to domestic ores and imported fines in the blending process. This coincides with global trade tension as US President Donald Trump threatened to introduce a tariff on Chinese goods.  FULL STORY

KONECRANES SUPPLIES MOBILE HARBOUR CRANE TO TOWNSVILLE MARINE LOGISTICS
Source: Stephanie Roker (Dry Bulk)
In July this year, Townsville Marine Logistics Pty Ltd received an electric Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbour crane. The crane is the backbone of the company’s bulk and container operations. Founded in 2018, Townsville Marine Logistics is a stevedoring company located in Townsville, a medium-sized town on the North Queensland coast. It is a subsidiary of Korea Zinc, an international leader in smelting, and its primary customer is a sister organisation, Sun Metals Refinery. Recent growth in mining created greater demand for cargo handling in the region, and they needed efficient, reliable, and high performance port equipment to help them build a stronger business.  FULL STORY

PORT OF BUNDABERG LOOKS TO THE FUTURE
Source: John Williams (Dry Bulk)
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) and Sugar Terminals Ltd (STL) have joined forces, investing in the industry and economic potential of the Bundaberg region, Australia. STL is actively pursuing opportunities to expand on its existing storage and handling operations, allowing it to increase diversification and future-proof operations. GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said the partnership with STL would see a detailed business case for the design and construction of common user infrastructure at the port developed.  FULL STORY

PROJECT UNDERWAY TO DOUBLE ON-DOCK RAIL AT PORT BOTANY
Source: The Maritime Executive
NSW Ports and Patrick Terminals have commenced work on a A$190 million project to double on-dock rail infrastructure capacity at Port Botany’s Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad in Australia. The project includes investment of A$120 million from NSW Ports to deliver on-dock rail infrastructure and A$70 million from Patrick Terminals to deliver automated rail operating equipment at the container terminal. The project will deliver capacity to handle one million TEUs on rail and improve train turn-around times by 33 percent. It will be opened in stages to allow existing rail operations at the terminal to continue throughout the construction period. Once fully operational in 2023, the project will increase rail capacity of the Patrick Terminals – Sydney AutoStrad from 250,000 to one million TEU.  FULL STORY

LABOR CALLS ON STATE GOVERNMENT TO SPEND MORE ON BURNIE PORT
Source: Matt Maloney (The Advocate)
Labor has accused the state government of dressing up federal money for upgrades at Burnie Port as its own contribution in an attack on the Liberals for lack of investment in the facility. Labor Braddon MHA Anita Dow in Parliament on Tuesday said businesses had told the party capacity constraints at the port were costing them thousands of dollars and had put investment in the minerals sector in jeopardy. Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson said there would be $41 million of investment in the Burnie Port which was contained in the recently released 10-year infrastructure pipeline document. This included $35 million for a new, high-capacity mineral concentrates ship loader and a $6 million expansion of the mineral concentrates shed at the port, he said.  FULL STORY

FLINDERS PORTS TOURS REGION
Source: Olivia Barnes (Port Lincoln Times)
Flinders Ports will spend between $15 million and $20 million at its Port Lincoln facility to extend the life of the port. Last week the Flinders Ports chief executive officer Stewart Lammin and the company's board members visited the Port Lincoln and Ceduna port facilities. Mr Lammin said bringing the board to the regional ports was something the company tried to do every few years. He said the millions slated for Port Lincoln would help maintain the infrastructure to ensure it was fit for future use. "When we're spending quite significant amounts of money, the board obviously want to see what we're spending it on," Mr Lammin said.  FULL STORY

PORTS OF AUCKLAND'S $60M CRANES THAT ARRIVED LAST OCTOBER HAVEN'T BEEN USED YET
Source: Stephen Forbes (Interest NZ)
The Ports of Auckland says three cranes it paid $60 million for haven’t been used for any actual work since they were delivered from Shanghai in October last year. Chinese multinational engineering company ZPMC built them and the Ports of Auckland originally said it hoped to have them up and running within five to six months. Spokesman Matt Ball says while there have been some minor issues with the cranes, there is nothing wrong with them. “We found some malware on the cranes back in January, but that was eradicated a while back,” Ball says. He says the main reason for the delay in getting the cranes up and running is largely due to timing.  FULL STORY

MARSDEN POINT PITCHES FOR VEHICLE IMPORT TRADE
Source: Todd Niall (Stuff.co.nz)
Northland's port company says it will "move mountains" to win a major part of the vehicle import trade. Marsden Maritime Holdings is floating the idea of purpose-built vehicle storage, preparation and distribution facilities at the port near Whang─ürei, in what appears to be a direct challenge to Ports of Auckland. MMH's pitch comes weeks before a major Government report looking at possibly moving the vehicle trade away from Auckland, in a possible re-organisation of three Upper North Island ports. Marsden said it wanted its idea weighed alongside a plan promoted by Auckland's mayor Phil Goff, to move vehicles off the city's wharves on barges, to a nearby processing centre.  FULL STORY

MEDIATION BETWEEN UNIONS AND PORT OTAGO TO CONTINUE
Source: Press Release (ScoopNZ)
Mediation Between Unions and Port Otago to Continue: Overtime Ban to Go Ahead. Whilst progress was made in mediated bargaining on Thursday between Port Otago workers represented by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) and the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) and management a ban on overtime is still due to commence on Saturday 7th September. “Discussions today did not result in sufficient progress for the unions to withdraw notice of the overtime ban, accordingly a complete and indefinite ban on overtime will begin this Saturday, however further mediated talks have been set down for next Wednesday 11 September” said spokesperson John Kerr.  FULL STORY

PORT MANAGER APOLOGISES TO WHITEBAITERS FOR OIL SPILL IN WEST COAST RIVER
Source: Joanne Carrol (Stuff.co.nz)
An oily sheen on the West Coast's Buller River has put whitebaiters off the opening week of the season. Whitebaiters reportedly left the river when the slick and a strong fuel smell appeared on the water about 8am on Wednesday. Port manager Jackie Mathers said the spill was thought to have come from several sites and was exacerbated by rain. The dredge Kawatiri had a burst hydraulic hose on its deck crane last week, she said. "We thought we had thoroughly removed the bulk of the hydraulic oil from the decks last week but accept there could have been some water run-off from a few spots that we missed." There was also some oil observed in run-off from the demolition of the cement silos on the wharf, which had combined in a drain that exited near the dredge.  FULL STORY

PORT ON SHOW FOR ENGINEERS
Source: The Gisborne Herald
More than 30 engineers from 13 ports across the country came to Gisborne for the annual New Zealand port engineers forum. It is the first time the forum has been held in Gisborne. The two-day event, which was hosted by Eastland Port, was based at Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club. “The port representatives discussed innovative projects and topical issues and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the local port,” said Eastland Port infrastructure manager Marty Bayley. “Forum attendees toured the port on the MV Takitimu, and had a close-up look at the innovative stormwater treatment system.”  FULL STORY

NUR ALLYA SEARCH TEAMS RACE TO CHECK REPORTS OF OIL SLICK
Source: Sam Chambers (Splash 24/7)
Ten days since the Nur Allya bulker was last heard from, search and rescue teams headed today to waters around Obi island in the North Maluku in eastern Indonesian to check local reports of an oil spill being sighted. The 52,400 dwt ship, carrying nickel ore, sent a distress signal on August 20 and has not been seen since. The vessel had a 25-strong crew. Search operations have been hampered by bad weather, with authorities asking all ships in the area to report any possible signs of the bulk carrier, including floating debris. International dry bulk shipping association Intercargo urged all shipping companies yesterday to exercise “extreme caution” when accepting, for carriage, nickel ore and other cargoes that have the potential to liquefy.  FULL STORY

AG CONFIRMS THAT GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING WITH ADB ON POSSIBLY RELOCATING SUVA PORT
Source: Dhanjay Deo (Fiji Village)
Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirms they are working with the Asian Development Bank to develop a major master plan to possibly relocate the Suva Port. While speaking in parliament this morning, Sayed-Khaiyum says the Suva Port is becoming too small and they are working to relocate it where the Port will be a one stop shop which will accommodate all container ships, fishing vessels and ship building. Sayed-Khaiyum says the Suva Port then can be essentially used for cruise liners.  FULL STORY

PNG ‘FULL STEAM AHEAD’ WITH $20 BILLION LNG PROJECT
Source: Alex Gluyas (Australian Mining)
The Papua New Guinea Government has given project partners Total, Exxon Mobil and Australia’s Oil Search the green light to proceed with their $20 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. PNG’s Minister for Petroleum Kerenga Kua granted the permission after months of uncertainty surrounding the project, which was initially signed in April this year. The Papua LNG gas agreement had been under a cloud of doubt following the removal of the country’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in May. However, the new PNG Government stated it was “committed to doing things differently from the past.”  FULL STORY

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