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Shipping industry urges action to stop Red Sea attacks

  • : Agriculture, Crude oil, Oil products
  • 24/06/20

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called for urgent action to stop "unlawful attacks" on commercial shipping in the Red Sea by Yemen's Houthi rebels after the sinking of a second bulk carrier since November last year.

"This is an unacceptable situation, and these attacks must stop now," the ICS said. "We call for states with influence in the region to safeguard our innocent seafarers and for the swift de-escalation of the situation in the Red Sea."

The Iran-backed Houthis began attacking ships in the Red Sea six weeks after the Israel-Hamas war broke out last year in what they claim is an act of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. The British-owned, Belize-flagged Handysize bulk carrier Rubymar sank on 4 March this year, four weeks after a Houthi attack. And the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said on 19 June that it believes the Greek-owned and operated bulk carrier Tutor has also sunk after the Houthis struck it with an unmanned surface vessel on 12 June.

Since the attacks began, three sailors have been killed and two ships seized in separate incidents, one of which has since been freed.

"We have heard the condemnation and appreciate the words of support, but we urgently seek action to stop the unlawful attacks on these vital workers and this vital industry," the ICS said. "And we must not forget the crew members from the [cargo vessel] Galaxy Leader and [containership] MSC Aries who are still being held captive."

The Houthis have stepped up their attacks in recent days, prompting counter measures by US and UK military forces deployed in the area. The Red Sea is one of the world's most important shipping lanes, serving as a vital trade link between Europe and Asia.

The attacks have led to an increase in freight rates and shipping insurance costs. And they have disrupted trade flows through the Suez Canal at the northern end of the Red Sea as many shipowners opt to avoid the area by taking the longer route around the southern tip of Africa.

The combined flow of crude and oil products transiting the Suez Canal in both directions dropped by 34pc on the month and by 65pc on the year in May, according to preliminary data from trade analytics firm Kpler. Most oil passing through the canal southbound is now of Russian origin — 92pc in May, according to Kpler data. India, China and the Middle East were the main destinations.


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US House to vote on waterways bill

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Houston, 22 July (Argus) — The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on 22 July on a waterways bill that would authorize new infrastructure projects across ports and rivers. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is renewed typically every two years to authorize projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The bipartisan bill is sponsored by representative Rick Larsen (D-Washington) and committee chairman Sam Graves (R-Missouri). The full committee markup occurred 26 June, where amendments were added, and the bill was passed to the full House . A conference committee will need to be called to resolve the different versions of the bill. The major difference between the bills is that the House bill does not include an adjustment to the cost-sharing structure for the lock and dam construction and other rehabilitation projects. The Senate Committee on Environment Public Works passed its own version of the bill on 22 May, with all members in favor of the bill. The House version of the bill approves modifications to the Seagirt Loop Channel near the Baltimore Harbor in Maryland, along with 11 other projects and 160 feasibility studies. One of these studies is a $314.25mn resiliency study of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which connects ports along the Gulf of Mexico from St Marks, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas. By Meghan Yoyotte Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

Esso bleibt Verkauf von Miro-Anteilen untersagt


24/07/22
24/07/22

Esso bleibt Verkauf von Miro-Anteilen untersagt

Hamburg, 22 July (Argus) — Der Verkauf von Essos Anteilen an der Miro in Karlsruhe bedarf der Zustimmung von Anteilseigner Shell, so das Oberlandesgericht Karlsruhe am Montag. Dem Antrag von Shell wurde somit in letzter Instanz zugestimmt, wodurch die Übernahme von Essos Anteilen durch Alcmene aktuell nicht zustande kommt. Mit dem Rechtsspruch bestätigte das Oberlandesgericht (OLG) die Entscheidung des Landgericht Karlsruhe. Dort hatte Shell Deutschland im Januar eine einstweilige Verfügung gegen Esso Deutschland und ExxonMobil Central European Holding erwirkt, mit der die Übertragung von Anteilen an der Miro (310.000 bl/Tag) auf eine andere Gesellschaft ohne Zustimmung von Shell untersagt wurde. Für eine Übertragung von Geschäftsanteilen an der Miro benötige Esso die Zustimmung von sämtlichen Anteilseignern, so das OLG. Im Oktober 2023 hatte Esso den Verkauf ihres 25 %-igen Anteils an das österreichische Unternehmen und Liwathon-Tochter Alcmene bekanntgegeben. Eine Zustimmung bei Shell hatte sich Esso für diesen Verkauf allerdings nicht eingeholt, sodass diese Verkaufsabsicht nicht rechtmäßig war. Sowohl Shell als auch Esso und ExxonMobil legten gegen die Entscheidung im Januar Berufung ein . Letztere strebten eine vollständige Abweisung der einstweiligen Verfügung an. Shell hingegen reichte Berufung an, da ihrem Antrag auf einstweilige Verfügung nicht in allen Punkten stattgegeben wurde. Die Berufungen wurden abgelehnt. Weitere Eilanträge von Shell, die unter anderem zum Ziel hatten "jegliche Erklärung oder Handlung zu untersagen, die wirtschaftlich einer Übertragung von MiRO-Anteilen gleichkomme" wurden außerdem abgewiesen, so das OLG Karlsruhe. Das Urteil ist nun rechtskräftig und eine weitere Instanz steht nicht zur Verfügung. Shell sowie Esso kommentierten das Urteil bisher auf Anfrage von Argus nicht. Von Svea Winter Senden Sie Kommentare und fordern Sie weitere Informationen an feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . Alle Rechte vorbehalten.

Dangote refinery's diesel quality proves divisive


24/07/22
24/07/22

Dangote refinery's diesel quality proves divisive

London, 22 July (Argus) — Nigerian conglomerate Dangote Group has defended the quality of diesel output from its 650,000 b/d refinery near Lagos after the country's downstream regulator said it contained much higher levels of sulphur than imported product. Dangote said the sulphur content of its diesel is now as low as 88ppm, citing laboratory tests on a sample from the refinery's mild hydrocracking unit. The company issued the statement in response to claims from the head of the downstream regulator NMDPRA, Farouk Ahmed, that diesel from Dangote and some of Nigeria's small modular refineries lies between 650ppm and 1,200ppm. Dangote said it aims to achieve 10ppm diesel production this week, in line with Euro V specifications and lower than the 50ppm cap on west African imports, adding that the NMDPRA allows domestic refiners to produce up to 650ppm diesel until January next year. Since receiving its first crude feedstock cargo late last year, the refinery has exported low-sulphur straight run fuel oil, naphtha, gasoil and jet fuel via its offshore single point moorings, according to vessel trackers Vortexa and Kpler. The refinery also hosts its own truck-out gantries to load product for overland delivery. Farouk said the NMDPRA has not complied with a request from Dangote to suspend imports of middle distillates due to concerns around security of supply and market monopoly. Dangote has pushed back against the monopoly concerns, saying there are multiple players in the industry, including state-owned NNPC. Nigerian imports of diesel, jet fuel/kerosine, naphtha and fuel oil have declined since the Dangote refinery came online, falling to 8,600 t/d so far this year from 10,900 t/d across the whole of 2023, according to Vortexa data. Nigeria's gasoline imports have declined too, but at a slower pace — to 27,500 t/d from 30,200 t/d over the same period — reflecting the fact Dangote's gasoline production units have yet to start up. By George Maher-Bonnett and Adebiyi Olusolape Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

German diesel prices drop with demand low


24/07/22
24/07/22

German diesel prices drop with demand low

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Газпром нефть направляет битум на собственное дорожное строительство


24/07/22
24/07/22

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