BHP calls for LNG-powered iron ore vessels

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 15-Jul-19

BHP is seeking to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions its products create once they have been acquired by its customers. As part of that effort, it has launched a tender that would see around 10 per cent of its iron ore exports to China transported in ships powered by LNG by around late 2021. BHP executive Rashpal Bhatti notes that LNG can achieve a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to low sulphur fuel oil.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Fuel rule boost for Australian iron ore

Original article by Matthew Stevens
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 30 : 20-Jun-19

The sulphur emissions of shipping fleets must be reduced by 80 per cent under the International Maritime Organisation’s rules that take effect on 1 January. BHP expects the new rules to give Australian iron ore producers a competitive advantage over their Brazilian rivals. It estimates that the cost of retro-fitting bulk cargo ships and higher fuel costs will increase the cost of shipping iron ore from the Pilbara to China by $US2-$US3 per tonne. In contrast, BHP expects Brazilian miners to incur increased costs of between $US3 to $US5 a tonne.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION, VALE SA, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, WOOD MACKENZIE

Shipping victims win huge payouts

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 28-Feb-19

Teekay Shipping has confirmed that it has retrenched the last crewmembers of two bulk carriers that had been chartered to ship iron ore from BHP’s mines in the Pilbara to BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelworks. Teekay is believed to have paid 51 workers more than $9m in redundancy payments on 7 February, with each worker receiving an average of $176,000. The ships were the last two iron ore vessels operating in Australian waters that were manned by local crews. Labor has flagged plans to re-regulate the shipping industry to protect local jobs.

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TEEKAY SHIPPING CORPORATION, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE AND POWER ENGINEERS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

BHP and BlueScope to sink local crews after 17 years

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 17 : 16-Jan-19

The Maritime Union of Australia has criticised BHP and BlueScope Steel for opting against renewing contracts to charter two iron ore bulk carriers. The vessels are used to ship iron ore from BHP’s mines in the Pilbara to BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelworks; a BHP spokesman says the contracts are a legacy of BlueScope’s spin-off in 2002. The ships were the last two iron ore vessels to be manned by Australian crews. The MUA says the crews will be replaced by low-paid foreign workers.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA, TEEKAY SHIPPING CORPORATION

Fortescue steers past another milestone with iron ore carrier

Original article by Angus Grigg
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 30-Nov-16

Pure-play iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group has officially launched the first of eight bulk carriers that are being built in China. Each vessel’s capacity will be around 260,000 tonnes, and Fortescue CEO Nev Power says the investment in the fleet reflects the company’s confidence in the long-term outlook for the Chinese and Asian economies, as well as demand for iron ore. The price of the steel input has reached a two-year high, but Power expects it to trade at between $US50 and $US60 over the long-term.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, VALE SA, DEUTSCHE BANK AG

Fortescue in $US473m deal for ships funding

Original article by Tess Ingram
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 15-Nov-16

Pure-play iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group will finance its new fleet of bulk cargo vessels primarily via a $US473m loan from the China Development Bank Financial Leasing Company. Fortescue CEO Nev Power says it could potentially lead to more Chinese banks arranging structured financing deals in Australia. The fleet of eight very large ore carriers will cost $US556m in total, with delivery of the final one scheduled for mid-2018.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, CHINA DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL LEASING COMPANY LIMITED, PATERSONS SECURITIES LIMITED