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  • Selected NEWS headlines (week 28/11-02/12) (Industry Developments) 02-Dec-2016

    “India imposes 5-year antidumping duties on coke imports from China, Australia”: India has imposed antidumping duties on coke imports from China and Australia, which will be effective over the next five years,...

  • MSC 97 outcome (IMO) 25-Nov-2016

    25 Nov. 2016:- Dear Members of INTERCARGO, Upon conclusion of the IMO MSC 97 (Maritime Safety Committee, 21 - 25 November 2016), the INTERCARGO Secretariat is sending you attached for your immediate information: a...

  • Ballast Water Technology IMarEST Conference (Industry Developments) 21-Nov-2016

    IMarEST, under the guidance of their Ballast Water Expert Group, will be running their next event (12-13 Jan. 2017) as a combination of a call-for-papers (see attached - deadline extended to Nov. 25) conference and a...

  • Ammonium Nitrate (Cargoes) 21-Nov-2016

    21 Nov. 2016:- The AMSA webpage https://www.amsa.gov.au/forms-and-publications/Fact-Sheets/AMSA279.pdf has information to remind all ship owners, ship operators and masters of the requirements for the safe carriage of...

  • MEPC 71 to be held 3-7 July 2017 (IMO) 16-Nov-2016

    16 Nov. 2016:- Dear Members of INTERCARGO, The next MEPC 71 has been rescheduled for 3-7 July 2017 (from the initially planned 8-12 May dates). For one thing, this brings any MEPC 71 agreement about ships’ requirement to fit...

  • MEPC 70 outcome on GHG emissions (IMO) 04-Nov-2016

    04 Nov. 2016:- Dear Members of INTERCARGO, Following our last week’s general brief of IMO MEPC 70 outcome (24-28 Oct. 2016 meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee), the INTERCARGO Secretariat is sending...

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Introduction

Dry bulk trades comprise iron ore, coal, grain, timber, steel and other similar cargoes which are shipped in bulk as opposed to carried in containers or other unit loads. Delivering these commodities every day requires an efficient dry cargo shipping industry - without which, world trade as we know it would cease.

Dry bulk shipping refers to the movement of significant commodities carried in bulk : - the so-called major bulks, together with ships carrying steel products (coils, plates and rods), lumber or log carriers and other commodities classified as the minor bulks.

The importance of the dry bulk industry is that without the estimated 500 million deadweight tonnes of dry bulk shipping, global trade, industry and ultimately our current lifestyles, could not be maintained.

The international steel industry - for example, could not function without an efficient and cost effective maritime industry transporting the raw materials - coal and iron ore, as well as the means to ship the finished product around the world.

Looking around the average home, the unseen links with the dry cargo industry are all around. Toasting a piece of bread involves metal components in the toaster - manufactured processes using ores and alumina, grain used in the bread and coal-generated electricity providing the power.

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