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13 November, 2020

Australian Newsletter - Issue 652

USTRALIA CALLS ON CHINA TO RESOLVE STANDOFF OVER COAL SHIP STRANDED OFFSHORE FOR FIVE MONTHS
Source: Daniel Hurst (The Guardian)
The Morrison government has called on Beijing to help resolve a “deeply troubling” standoff involving an Indian ship carrying Australian coal stranded for five months at a Chinese port. The trade minister, Simon Birmingham, raised concerns about the welfare of the Indian seafarers who remained on board, while making a broader appeal to the Chinese government to cease “what seems to be a recurring targeting of some Australian industries”. The Indian-flagged vessel carrying coal from Australia arrived at the port of Jingtang in northern China in mid-June but has been waiting five months to be allowed to berth, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).  FULL STORY

CHINA COAL IMPORTS FROM AUSTRALIA CUT IN HALF
Source: Nickolas Zakharia (Australian Mining)
China’s coal imports have dropped by 47 per cent in October compared with the corresponding period last year as trade tensions with Australia worsened. Coal imports last month amounted to just 13.73 million tonnes compared with 25.69 million tonnes in October 2019. The sobering statistics for October arrived as China reportedly banned specific Australian imports including coal. China’s October coal imports were also 26 per cent lower than in September. According to IEA (International Energy Agency) Clean Coal Centre, Australia supplied more than 40 per cent of China’s coking coal imports and 57 per cent of the nation’s thermal coal last year. China imported 253.16 million tonnes of coal from Australia between January and October compared with 299.67 million tonnes in 2019.  FULL STORY

SHIPPING DEMAND TO SUFFER AFTER WAVE OF NEW LOCKDOWNS
Source: Irina Slav (Oilprice.com)
A sharp worsening in relations between Australia and China could threaten a deal that would have seen Woodside Petroleum sell a stake in a natural gas field and in the $16-billion Scarborough liquefied natural gas project. The chief executive officer of Woodside, Peter Coleman, told Reuters in an interview that the talks for the stake sales had been suspended several months ago, adding that he still hoped they will be resumed after the diplomatic row is resolved. The row erupted when Australia insisted on an international inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus that first appeared in China, which signalled the start of a trade war that has been affecting more and more Australian industries. According to the Financial Times, the dispute has put under threat as much as $4.6 billion worth of Australian exports to China.  FULL STORY

SHANGHAI PORT TO INSPECT ALL IMPORTED AUSTRALIAN FRUIT AND SEAFOOD
Source: FreshPlaza.com
A wholesale market in Shanghai has been notified by the local port authority that a comprehensive inspection will be conducted for all imported Australian fruits and seafood, as the import suspension on Australian products may take effect soon and be expanded to new categories. Huizhan Fruit and Vegetable Market was notified that the port may inspect, test and hold all Australian fruits and seafood. Source in the Chinese import industry said they are dealing with the import suspension on imports of various Australian products (barley and sugar). The restrictions on red wine, logs, coal, lobster, copper ore and beneficiated ore are set to take effect on Friday.  FULL STORY

THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP TO SAIL AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN 2021
Source: Bernadette Chua (CruisePassenger.com.au)
Regent Seven Seas has revealed new dates around the arrival of the Seven Seas Explorer for her inaugural Asia-Pacific Season. The world’s most luxurious ship will sail on 14 itineraries in local waters between October 2021 and April 2022. “With the recent disappointment of cancelling Seven Seas Explorer’s three early 2021 sailings in Australia and New Zealand due to unprecedented global public health challenges, we’re delighted that we will be welcoming the most luxurious ship ever built later in the year and into 2022 with some truly incredible, ‘Close to Home’ sailings,” said Lisa Pile, Vice President Sales, Australia & New Zealand, Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  FULL STORY

MELWYN NORONHA STEPS UP TO TAKE OVER AS CEO OF SHIPPING AUSTRALIA
Source: Gavin Van Marle (TheLoadStar.com)
Liner association Shipping Australia has promoted Melwyn Noronha to be its next chief executive. Mr Noronha is currently deputy CEO and he will take up his new role on 1 January. Shipping Australia chairman Scott Henderson said: “Melwyn is an outstanding choice and has a wealth of experience in shipping, both at sea and in regulatory roles. “He has been with Shipping Australia since 2015, initially as a general manager of technical services and industry policy, and later as deputy CEO. He has thoroughly demonstrated his extensive knowledge of the industry and his ability to liaise and influence at the highest levels.”  FULL STORY

GLADSTONE PORTS ROLLS OUT NEW SHIP-LOADING TECHNOLOGY
Source: Imogen Hartmann (InfrastructureMagazine.com.au)
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) is rolling out an Australian-first technology at the RG Tanna Coal Terminal wharf (RGTCT) that is designed to improve ship-loading operations. GPC’s Operations Systems team have been working on the online interactive tool, which displays a real-time view of coal loading onto vessels. The technology will feature in GPC’s Digital Twin Decision Automation system along with 60 other digital components, which can track movements of trains and dozers as well as communicate with customers and record data. The ship-loading feature shows the vessel capacity, with live loading targets and guides operators for accurate blending.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIA LNG: EAST COAST SHIPS RECORD EXPORT VOLUMES IN OCTOBER
Source: HellenicShippingNews.com
Monthly LNG exports from Australia’s East Coast breached the 2 million mt/year mark in October for the first time ever, with firm volumes to all key destinations. The three export terminals in the region shipped a combined 2.01 million mt in the month, up 1% year on year and 9% higher than the volume seen in September, the data showed. The terminals include the 9 million mt/year nameplate capacity Origin-ConocoPhillips-Sinopec Australia Pacific LNG, the 7.8 million mt/year nameplate Santos-led Gladstone LNG, and Shell’s 8.5 million mt/year Queensland Curtis LNG. All are based at the port of Gladstone in Queensland.  FULL STORY

LNG BUNKERING ADDED TO NEWCASTLE GASDOCK PROJECT
Source: Imogen Hartmann (EnergyMagazine.com.au)
EPIK has announced plans to incorporate liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering services in its development of the Newcastle GasDock LNG import terminal to support the maritime industry in its shift towards cleaner burning marine fuel. EPIK Managing Director, Jee Yoon, said, “The addition of LNG bunkering is a logical extension of the Newcastle GasDock project and will allow our customers to take advantage of LNG’s demonstrated environmental benefits, helping to reduce carbon emissions globally and dramatically reducing marine emissions locally. “Given the Port of Newcastle’s considerable industrial marine traffic and proximity to Sydney, our project provides an ideal platform to add LNG bunkering operations.”  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIAN BILLIONAIRE FORREST SECURES SITE FOR LNG IMPORT TERMINAL
Source: Sonali Paul (Reuters.com)
Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest has secured a lease for the site on the New South Wales coast where one of his companies plans to build a A$250 million ($181 million) liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.
Australian Industrial Energy (AIE), wholly owned by Forrest’s Squadron Energy after it bought out its Japanese partners, said on Friday it had leased the site at Port Kembla for 10 years initially, with an option to extend to 25 years. Several companies are racing to build LNG terminals to fill a gas supply shortfall expected in southeastern Australia from 2024 as output declines from the Bass Strait fields off the coast of Victoria.  FULL STORY

ANL ANNOUNCES ‘THE PILBARA CONNECTION’
Source: AustralianMining.com.au
ANL has launched a new regular direct connection between Singapore and Port Hedland, Western Australia. As a first step, this will be as an extra call on ANL’s PAX service offering a 20-day frequency. The Pilbara connection caters for both containerised and break-bulk/out-of-gauge cargo and started sailing from Singapore to Port Hedland from October 31. Providing direct access to the region, ANL’s Pilbara connection offers customers shorter supply chains, reduced road haulage and the opportunity to source product more cost effectively from other parts of Australia via Singapore.  FULL STORY

ROY HILL'S AUSTRALIAN IRON ORE EXPORTS HIT 60MN T/YR
Source: ArgusMedia.com.
Australian iron ore producer Roy Hill has paid off its debt and is operating at 60mn t/yr at its Pilbara mines in Western Australian, as it seeks approval to further increase its target to 65mn t/yr. Roy Hill operated at 60mn t/yr during April-June and continues to do so, according to main shareholder Hancock Prospecting. The joint venture shipped at around 70mn t/yr in October, according to shipping figures compiled by Argus, but it has taken its regular one-week break from shipping in the past week that will lead to lower shipments in November.  FULL STORY

PORT HEDLAND IRON ORE EXPORTS UP BY 11% DURING OCTOBER
Source: HellenicShippingNews.com
Pilbara Ports Authority has delivered a total monthly throughput of 62.5 million tonnes (Mt) for October 2020. This throughput was an 11 per cent increase compared to the same month in 2019. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 47.2Mt of which 47Mt was iron ore exports. The monthly throughput was an 11 per cent increase from October 2019. Imports through the Port of Port Hedland totalled 194,000 tonnes, a decrease of 14 per cent from the same month in 2019. The Port of Dampier delivered a total monthly throughput of 14.4Mt, an increase of 11 per cent from October 2019.  FULL STORY

LIVE EXPORT SHIP ARRIVES IN NAPIER
Source: Shannon Johnstone (NZHerald.co.nz)
The Yangtze Fortune livestock ship transporting cattle to China has arrived in Napier Port. The ship berthed in Napier on Monday morning from Australia and is due to transport live cattle to China. It is set to leave on Tuesday at 10.30pm, according to the Napier Port shipping schedule, with close to 5000 cattle on board. It is thought to be the first live export ship leaving under new rules enacted by the Government following the sinking of the Gulf Livestock 1. The Gulf Livestock 1 capsized in a typhoon in the East China Sea in September with 43 crew and close to 6000 cattle on board. 41 people are believed to have perished.  FULL STORY

OPERATION PLOWSHARE PUSHED FOR A CIVILIAN USE FOR ATOMIC BOMBS IN THE 1960S AND PORT HEDLAND WAS IN ITS SIGHTS
Source: Emma Wayne (ABC.net.au)
Almost every day, John Clancy visits the State Library of WA and delves into the records, intent on finding the background to stories that have piqued his interest. Most recently, his dives into the archives led him to a largely forgotten episode in Western Australia's past — the serious discussions that took place about using a nuclear weapon to create a deep harbour at Port Hedland in the state's north. The discussions were between the WA Government, United States nuclear scientists, and mining companies. In 1961, the US Government began Operation Plowshare, a program investigating using atomic technology for civil purposes.  FULL STORY

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