InterManager Daily News 02.10.2023.

1. Vale and Port of Açu sign agreement to develop a Mega Hub for the decarbonization of steelmaking. Vale informs that it signed a MOU with the Port of Açu to study the development of a Mega Hub at the port located in São João da Barra in the state of Rio de Janeiro, to produce HBI (hot briquetted iron) using the direct reduction route. The Mega Hub will initially receive pellets from Vale and could, in the future, include an iron ore briquette plant at site to supply the direct reduction route at the industrial complex.
2. Maersk pilots heavy duty electric truck solutions in Brazil. Supporting initiatives to decarbonise its customers supply chains in Latin America, A.P. Moller – Maersk conducted two pilots to provide electric truck capabilities to customers in Brazil. The pilots were done with heavy-duty tractor units, that would allow the transportation of containers.
3. The industrial fabric of l’Alcoià explores internationalisation opportunities with Valenciaport. The extensive map of trade routes and its high added value services were the presentation letter of the Port Authority of València (PAV) at an internationalisation conference aimed at the industrial and business fabric of the region and organised by IMEX and the Alcoi Chamber of Commerce
Mar Chao, president of the APV, closed the round of presentations with a speech focused on the importance of digitisation
4. APM Terminals Malaysian JV on course to lead maritime decarbonisation in Asia. The Malaysian Port of Tanjung Pelepas , a joint venture between APM Terminals and the MMC Group, has been selected to join the Partnerships for Infrastructure initiative. This is a government-to-government decarbonisation scheme between Malaysia and Australia that supports PTPs ambition to become a green bunkering hub for alternative fuels.
5. Shipping must not allow uncertainty to delay action. Groundbreaking new report calls on shipowners and other supply chain stakeholders to increase their ability to deal with significant changes and possible future scenarios. Major changes identified in the report include key ports becoming unusable due to climate change, a surge in the percentage of women in the workforce, and African nations becoming the world’s main suppliers of seafarers.
The maritime industry must improve its forecasting to prepare for a range of possible futures.
6. Russia-China trade dynamics in a post-war era navigating challenges and opportunities As Russia grapples with the western sanctions one year after the invasion in Ukraine, China supports by bolstering bilateral trade between the two nations. Container xChange investigates the intricacies of the China-Russia trade and how it impacts the container logistics industry, now and in future.
7. Odfjell to test solid oxide fuel cell system on chemical tanker. Solid oxide fuel cells are fuel-flexible and can convert fuels like ammonia, LNG, methanol, and hydrogen to electricity with a potentially higher energy efficiency than internal combustion engines. With a maritime solid oxide fuel cell solution, shipping companies will be able to reduce emissions short-term and operate emission-free once alternative fuels become available.
8. Grain mountain to climb: Ukraine’s battle to ship out its harvest Ukraine’s Black Sea operations have a massive trench to climb out of if Europe’s ‘bread basket’ is to get back to exporting grains to levels seen earlier in the year when a United Nations-brokered shipping pact with Russia was still in existence.
9. Mississippi River Near Historic Lows Putting Grain Exports at Risk A key stretch of the lower Mississippi River dropped this week to within inches of its lowest-ever level and is expected to remain near historic lows just as the busiest U.S. grain export season gets underway, according to the National Weather Service.
10. Biden Administration’s Oil Leasing Plan Draws Criticism from Both Sides The Biden administration’s plan to slash offshore oil and gas leasing drew fire from both the fossil fuel industry and environmentalists on Friday, with energy companies saying it will raise fuel prices and greens saying it undermines efforts to stop global warming.


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