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China Plans Bohai Bay Economic Hub in the North

The central government is considering plans to upgrade regional cooperation between Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province to build a trilateral economic sphere in the Bohai Bay area, according to Xinhuanet. The Bohai Bay area is considered China's third economic engine, alongside the Pearl and Yangtze river deltas. A final blueprint covering issues such as logistics, tourism and environmental protection will be drafted based on the three proposals, with input from experts, industry insiders and central government departments, reports Xinhuanet, citing Zhang Zhiqiang, head of the Tianjin Development and Reform Commission. Tianjin, a port city with a population of 14 million, is linked to Beijing by several highways, or a 30-minute trip by high-speed railway, while Hebei, a traditional industrial and transportation hub with rich natural resources and about 73 million residents, surrounds Beijing and Tianjin. Source: Xinhuanet  

Bohai Bay Oilfield Output to Double

CNOOC reportedly plans to more than double production at the Bohai Bay field to more than 27 million metric tons, or about 542,000 barrels a day, in five to six years as new fields come on stream, according to a report in the Herald Tribune. China is said to be encouraging its oil and gas producers to step up production to meet rising consumption spurred by an economy that rose 11.9 percent in the second quarter. Chinese oil demand will likely increase 5.9 percent to 7

CNOOC Completes Bohai Bay Appraisal

CNOOC Limited announced the successful completion of BZ19-4N-2D, an appraisal well drilled in Bohai Bay. BZ19-4N-2D, located on Structure BZ 19-4N on Block 11/19, was drilled in 23 m of water to a total depth of 2,390 m. Drilling of BZ19-4N-2D began in August 2005. The well encounters 98.5 m of pay zones. Two drill stem tests (DST) were conducted in two intervals. During the tests, the well flew about 770 barrels of oil per day and 0.15 million cubic feet of gas through a 7.94 mm choke.

New CNOOC Fields in Bohai Bay Start Production

CNOOC Limited announced that its two new oil fields, BoZhong (BZ) 26-3 and LuDa (LD) 32-2 in the Bohai Bay have successfully commenced production recently. BZ 26-3 is located in the central part of Bohai Bay, neighboring producing field BZ 25-1S. The field has an average water depth of about 25 meters. The development and production operations of BZ 26-3 mainly rely on the facilities of its surrounding oilfields. With 4 wells online currently

CNOOC’s BZ25-1/BZ25-1South Oilfields in Full Production

CNOOC Limited announced that its BZ25-1/BZ25-1South oilfields, which suspended production due to facility damage caused by strong winds in November 2009, are back into production. Currently, the production capability of BZ25-1/ /BZ25-1South oilfields has recovered to its normal level. The fields can produce about 27,000 barrels of oil per day before the incident. After the strong winds, in order to resume its production as early as possible, the company, together with its partner

China Terminal Joint Venture for Odfjell SE

Odfjell SE has made an agreement to enter into a joint venture via its subsidiary Odfjell Terminals Asia Pte Ltd (Singapore), with Tianjin Economic-Technology Development Area (TEDA) via its subsidiary Nangang Port Company to develop a terminal and marine facilities for bulk liquid chemicals, petroleum products and gases in the Nangang Industrial Zone (Tianjin) in China.   The initial phase of the joint venture will consist of three deep sea berths and have a total storage capacity of

Strong Winds Hit Haiyangshiyou 113

CNOOC Limited announced that the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel Haiyangshiyou 113 shifted from its moorings by strong winds in the Bohai Bay area, has been safely secured. There were no injuries or oil spills. Operations at the BZ25-1/BZ25-1South oilfields were shut-in on November 10 as a safety precaution during the strong winds, and recovery activities are now being remobilized BZ25-1/BZ25-1South oilfield is a joint project developed with Chevron. CNOOC Ltd

CNOOC Announces Discovery

CNOOC Limited announced that it has achieved a new discovery, Luda (LD) 27-1, in Bohai Bay. Discovery well LD 27-1-1 is an independent wildcat spudded this July. The well was drilled in 16 meters of water to a total depth of 2772 meters. LD 27-1-1 encountered 34 meters of oil pay in 7 pay zones. The well was tested to flow 179 barrels of oil per day from three intervals 1170-1180, 1261-1267, 2691-2696 metres during drill stem tests.

Tianjin Gets OK for Shipbuilding Industrial Fund

's National Development and Reform Commission has recently approved , a municipality in the north of the country, to prepare for establishment of a CNY 20 billion shipbuilding industrial investment fund. It is the second industrial investment fund the city sets up after Bohai Industrial Investment Fund was launched. So far, is the pilot city with the most industrial investment funds the authority permitted nationwide.

Bohai Ship Building Orders Exousia Coatings

Exousia Advanced Materials, Inc., through its China subsidiary, Tianjin Advanced Materials Inc., announced that the company has received an initial order from Bohai Ship Building and Repair to supply marine industrial coatings. This order, for approximately $250,000, will include a mix of zinc-rich epoxy primers to advanced non-skid coatings that integrate Exousia's patented Vistamer engineered particles. Exousia manufactures resins, engineered particles

Zim Improves Asia-Mediterranean Loops

Photo: Zim Integrated Shipping Services

 The Israeli ocean carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services is upgrading its Asia-Mediterranean service network, comprising the East Med-Black Sea Express, or EMX, and the Asia-India Subcontinent East Med, or AME, by adding new port calls and upsizing tonnage deployment.  

USCG Icebreaking Tug Returns from Midlife Overhaul

Morro Bay passes the Cleveland West Pierhead Light in June 2013. (USCG photo by Christopher M. Yaw)

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay returned to homeport in Cleveland Tuesday following a 14-month service life extension project (SLEP) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.   SLEP is a major midlife overhaul which is expected to extend the cutter's service life 15

ICTSI Subic Gets More Equipment

SBITC added 16 brand new Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors to its prime mover fleet ahead of the expected increase in container movement in the coming months.  The renewed interest in Subic has also prompted ICTSI to ramp up

  Subic Bay International Container Terminal Corp. (SBITC) recently received and commissioned three new reach stackers and 16 new Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors.   The additional capacity has increased the terminal tractor fleet to 23 units or 128 percent

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

Papal Visit to Impact Marine Transportation System

Pope Francis

  The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River and Schuylkill River, in vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 25, 2015 to September 28, 2015 will likely experience delays.

Shanhaiguan Books Order for Six Containerships

Photo by Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding Industry

 China’s Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding Industry has booked an order to build up to six feeder containerships for Dalian Port Wantong Logistics and Dalian Jifa Ship Management.    The newbuilding contract will see the affiliate yard of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation

Saldanha Bay Could be S.Africa's First LNG Import Terminal

Gas seen as key to help resolve power crisis; gas could be sourced from Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique. South Africa could build its first 20 billion rand ($1.4 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility at the west coast port of Saldanha Bay to feed gas-to-power projects aimed at easing

Ailing Crewman Medevaced from Cable Lay Ship off US

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station North Bend

A crew member reportedly suffering from a heart attack was air lifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from a cable-laying vessel 80 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore.   An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend on Thursday safely transferred the 55-year-old

China Ready with ECAs

Image by Natural Resources Defense Council

 China has taken 'important step' in tackling ship-generated emissions. China is also developing Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in its major ports.   China's Ministry of Transport (MoT) has formally unveiled its five-year working scheme that aims to reduce the country’s shipping

Rapid Oil Spill Response Vessel Launched

George Penman (Photo: WCMRC)

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) launched their newest oil spill response vessel in Burrard Inlet. The boat, named after former employee George Penman, was christened at a private ceremony in Coal Harbour. The $4.5 million G.M

Bulk Carrier Ship Delivered to Pioneer Marine

Pioneer Marine, a shipowner and drybulk handysize transportation service provider, announced  it has accepted delivery of a 38,464 DWT Green Dolphin eco-design handysize vessel, the M.V. Falcon Bay. The new vessel, which was constructed at Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding Co

Aussie-Indian Submarine Drill, China Cautious

Photo: Indian Navy

 As part of growing strategic relationship to counter China's increased activity in the Indian Ocean,  India and Australia will focus on anti-submarine warfare in their first ever joint naval exercises,  reports SMH.   The Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy are gearing up

Coast Guard Responds to Delaware River Grounding

The Coast Guard is overseeing salvage efforts Tuesday for a motor vessel aground on the Delaware River. The 328-foot Netherlands-flagged motor vessel, Bermuda Islander, lost power and propulsion Monday at approximately 9 p.m. before running aground near Salem, New Jersey.

Survey Underway for Morecambe Bay LNG Project

Photo courtesy of Bibby HydroMap

Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap have begun survey operations on the proposed LNG project off Morecambe Bay. The work program comprises geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveying of the proposed pipeline route to shore and will be undertaken using a multi-vessel approach

Interlake Steamship to Install Scrubbers on 2 More Ships

M/V Lee A. Tregurtha (Photo: Interlake Steamship Company)

The Interlake Steamship Company proves phase one of emissions-reduction technology on Great Lakes; two additional ships to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubber technology in 2016    Following the implementation of exhaust gas scrubbers on its self-unloading bulk carrier M/V Hon

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