New port rules still hurdle for VLOCs

Feb 13, 2014 | 10:20 AM |

Tags  China port, VLOC, very large ore carrier, iron ore, ore transport, Yang Huaxiong, China Ministry of Transport

SHANGHAI — New port regulations on berthing released Feb. 11 by China’s Ministry of Transport continue to pose a setback for larger vessels like very large ore carriers (VLOCs).

The new rules establish a capacity limit of 250,000 deadweight tonnes (dwt) for fully loaded dry bulk carriers to ports of the same berthing capacity. But dry bulk carriers with a capacity of more than 250,000 dwt can dock at Chinese ports only if their load doesn’t exceed the 250,000-dwt limit, according to the ministry announcement.....

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