Biomass is one of the fastest growing bulk shipping sectors, fuelled mainly by wood pellets coming in to Europe to replace some of the coal used by existing power stations. Obviously as a fuel it is combustible; the same can be said for coal, but animal feed, grain, sugar and other organic material can behave in the same way.
Over the past 15 years, the ocean logistics industry experienced vast changes to business models, services and technology adoption. In 2016, the pace of technology innovation accelerated as participants sought business model optimisation.
In 2012, the international seaborne trade for dry bulk cargo continued to grow: an overall growth of 5.7 percent, within which was a 7.2 percent increase rate for major bulks. Unlike other types of terminals (e.g. container terminals, general cargo terminals), for dry bulk terminals it is important to distinguish if they are export or import terminals. Because of the differences in objectives (i.e. export or import dry bulks), an export bulk terminal is designed rather differently from an import bulk terminal
Docksolid Bulk Port Equipment is a range of mechanical handling solutions for port terminals handling grains, coal, minerals, cement, fertilisers, powders or other dry bulk commodities. The brand includes extremely robust and reliable ship unloading systems, with a focus on flexibility of use and highly manoeuvrable mobile equipment.
To stand out from the competition in the world market, companies must be able to call upon a sustainable, flexible, efficient and most of all, innovative supply chain in which all links play an effective role. The Port of Antwerp is an example of a crucial link in the supply chain.
It is clear that ports have a responsibility toward their environment and that port governance necessary should take care of effective logistics and operations. While in the past, the environmental safeguard was not an issue; nowadays ports worldwide consider the prevention of pollution a first
objective, especially with import/export of dry bulk cargo (coal, grain, iron ore, fertilizer, etcetera). In this case, the risk of spillage and dust production is very critical.
Most organisations use some kind of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to manage their business even if they are only measuring the financial aspects reflected in the profit and loss figures. The manufacturing sector has been using KPIs as a means to measure and improve productivity for many years.
For the production of all goods and energy, raw materials are the basic ingredient. Therefore, raw materials are shipped in large quantities worldwide. All materials have their own properties and for fast and efficient handling, specific grab solutions are required.
Siwertell is well established as a supplier of high capacity screw-type unloaders to the power generation industry. Its most recent delivery in this sector was to Zhongshan Thermal Power Company Ltd, part of the Guangdong GHD Group.
Cargo movement shifts from one segment to another rather easily (except in some cases when cargo size and draft restrictions at ports play a role) in the dry bulk market compared to other sectors. So, an oversupply in one segment trickles down to other segments rather easily. Therefore, an oversupplied Capesize market will, in turn, impact Panamaxes in the long run, which will further go down to smaller segments.
In the early aftermath of Brexit, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its new World Economic Outlook (WEO), where the organisation revised its previous growth forecast published in April. The global growth outlook for 2016 and 2017 has been reduced and according to the IMF, the
deterioration reflects the uncertainty of Brexit’s economic consequences. The IMF does not expect he combined growth for the emerging markets and developing economies to be affected.
Their projection remains at the same levels as in the April WEO – a growth of 4.1% in 2016 and 4.6% in 2017. As the emerging markets rely on commodities as their main trade, this will not add to the
headache for the currently depressed dry bulk shipping industry.
Drewry retains its cautious view over the long term, with a lot dependent on how China’s steel production grows. Drewry forecasts organic growth in infrastructure activities in China in the long term, which will give the much-needed boost to the bigger vessels during that period. However, a shift away from coal in many economies and a shift away from imported coal in India are downside risks for the bigger vessels in the long term