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CNOOC Pairs with Husky to Explore Deep Water Oil

CNOOC Ltd.’s unlisted parent company plans to start deep water oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea with Canada's Husky Energy Inc. next year, according to AP report. If the scheduled exploration finds sizable reserves in a bloc in the South China Sea about 185 miles south of Hong Kong, it will be China's first deep water oil and gas field. CNOOC's parent company is currently restricted to pumping oil and gas offshore at no deeper than 350 m, because of the technology currently available to it. According to the report, CNOOC previously signed a production sharing contract with Husky, an integrated oil and gas producer, to jointly explore and develop two deep water blocs in the South China Sea. The two companies explored the other bloc in the western part of the South China Sea in 2004, but the reserves discovered were too small to justify commercial drilling. Source: AP


Asean Raps Chinese Sea Aggression

Photo by Asean

Southeast Asian foreign ministers have expressed concern at Chinese land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, as the Philippines urged them to stand up to Beijing, reports AFP.  The statement came after Manila warned fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a ministers' retreat in Malaysia that the 10-country grouping's credibility was at stake unless it dealt strongly with the "critical issue in our own backyard".  


China-Vietnam Ship Ramming Incident Raises US Concern

Jen Psaki (courtesy U.S. Department of State)

The United States is concerned about dangerous conduct and intimidation in the South China Sea after reports of a Chinese vessel ramming Vietnamese ships, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also said China's deployment of an oil rig in a disputed part of the South China Sea was "provocative and unhelpful" to security in the region. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Susan


China Defies U.S. Plea for Restraint in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich with minerals and oil-and-gas deposits and one of Asia's biggest possible flashpoints. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims.


China in Mind, Japan Seeks Maritime Ties with India

Image: Indian Navy

 apan has pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, to counter an increasingly powerful China.  During his visit in India on Saturday Japan's foreign minister Fumio Kishida said that both nations should "proactively" assume responsibilities to ensure "open and stable seas" in the region. His comments are seen as an effort to contain China's growing assertiveness in South China Sea.  


Manila: China Dredging in Disputed Waters

China has started dredging around the disputed Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, a Philippine navy commander said on Thursday, signalling Beijing may be preparing to expand its facilities in the area. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to set Southeast Asian minds at ease over the country's regional ambitions, but Beijing's reclamation work in the Spratlys underscores its drive to push claims in the South China Sea and reassert its rights.


China Navy Commission New Guided Missile Frigate

China warship Meizhou: Photo courtesy of PLAN

A ceremony for the frigate "Meizhou" of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN) has been held at a naval port in Sanya in south China's Hainan province, officially naming & commissioning her to the South China Sea Fleet of the PLAN.
 The "Meizhou" (584) is a new-generation light guided missile frigate independently developed by China. It integrates many types of weaponry and equipment, and features good stealth performance, great information integration


CNOOC, Newfield Sign PSC contracts

China National Offshore Oil Company Limited (CNOOC Ltd) announced that its parent China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has signed two production sharing contracts (PSC) with US-based Newfield Exploration Company. The two contracts are for blocks numbered 22/15 and 16/05, both in the South China Sea. Block 22/15 in the Beibu Gulf Basin in the western South China Sea covers 5,228 square km, with water depth of 10 to 60 meters.


Beijing Must Obey Ruling on Sea Dispute

South China Sea (Pic by CFR)

 China has to comply with any ruling on competing territorial claims with the Philippines in the South China Sea even if it will not take part in case before Hague court, opined Philippine judge, reports Bloomberg.  Philippine Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio said that it doesn’t matter if China doesn’t appear, if the tribunal finds that there is jurisdiction, the tribunal will proceed. His country doesn’t want anyone


China Optimistic of Finding Gas Offshore Vietnam

Offshore rig: File image

A Chinese oil rig whose deployment to waters claimed by Vietnam early this month triggered a rupture in ties has a good chance of finding enough gas to put the area into production, Chinese industry experts said. That would give China its first viable energy field in the disputed South China Sea, as well as make it a source of friction with Hanoi for years to come. For now, China has said nothing about the potential of the area


Hijacked Indonesian Vessel Found in Philippines

Pic: Philippine Coast Guard

 The hijacked Indonesian cargo ship Rehoboth has been found abandoned in waters off Mati town in Davao Oriental province off the southern Philippines coast, says the  the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).   PCG spokesperson Armand Balilo said the PCG- Southeastern Mindanao district


China's Maritime Advances Worry US

Image: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

 The Director of U.S. National Intelligence, James Clapper, has expressed his concern at the progress of China in maritime zones it shares with its neighbors, accused China of expanding its outposts in the South China Sea in an “aggressive” effort to exert sovereignty.  


US, Chinese Navies Conduct Joint Exercise

Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). (Official U.S. Navy photo)

A U.S. Navy littoral combat ship and a Chinese Navy frigate conducted a joint training exercise in the South China Sea.   The U.S. Navy littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and the China’s People's Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) were


US Keen in Maritime Cooperation with India

Malabar 2014 : A Multilateral Naval exercise(Photo: Indian Navy)

 The US is keen in exploring great opportunities for co-operation on maritime issues with India, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations told members of the House Committee on Appropriations during a hearing, says a report by PTI.  


Electronics Retrofit for Taiwanese Research Vessel

Ta Kuan (Photo courtesy of L-3 SAM Electronics)

L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to retrofit propulsion control and automation systems aboard the Taiwanese Navy’s Ta Kuan hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel.   The 93-meter-long vessel, built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia


Japan Plans Naval Exercises with Philippines

Photo: Philippines Defense Forces Forum

 Admiral Tomoshisa Takei, chief of staff of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is holding high-level talks with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) concerning the mounting maritime tension in the West Philippine Sea and other security concerns within the Asia-Pacific region.


Need for New Maritime Organization in Asia

Image: Center for International Maritime Security

 There are calls for a new institution to manage Asia’s maritime disputes - a proposal for Maritime Organization for Security and Cooperation (AMOSC) is in the offing.    Last year (2014) brought new tensions to the South China Sea


Vietnam Shipping Industry Looks Bullish

Image: Vietnam Seaport Association (VPA)

 The port of Ho ChiMinh City is expected to lead the way in terms of tonnage throughput handled in 2015. The port of Da Nang, however, is expected to outperform the larger Ho Chi Minh City port in terms of box sphere growth (10% compared to 8% respectively)


Asian Maritime Battle Heats Up

Chinese vessel building project in the Spratly Islands (Image by Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs)

 New satellite imagery reveals Chinese advances in ongoing land reclamation project in the South China Sea, reports The Australian.   Intensifying concerns about Beijing’s territorial ambitions, the images show a ¬dra¬matic expansion in China’s construction of


Japan, China to Resume Maritime Talks

The Senkaku Islands - by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

 Japan and China plan to resume security talks with focus on maritime issues as early as April after a four-year hiatus amid simmering tensions over territorial disputes, AFP reports.   A meeting planned for Tokyo, which would be the first since January 2011 in Beijing


Artificial Islands Boost China Regional Power

Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows Chinese progress in building an island at Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands. (Credit: CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/HIS)

China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.


Pirates Pillage Thai Oil Vessel

Thai  tanker Lapin (Pic by PBS)

 Pirates robbed a Thai tanker in Malaysian waters of some 2,000 tonnes of oil it was transporting from Singapore before planting a bomb on the vessel.  According to a statement from Rear Admiral Somchai Na Bangchang, the chief of staff of Thailand's Third Naval Area Command all 15 crew


Singapore, India take stance in South China Sea row

State Visit to India by President of Singapore (Photo by High Commission of India, Singapore)

 India and Singapore asserts its stance in South China Sea saying no threat or force should prevail in the maritime dispute between China and its smaller neighbors like the Philippines, reports Philstar.  Both countries have expressed their official positions in joint statements with


Indonesia Mulls Regional Maritime Partnership

Image: Indonesian Military (TNI)

 Militaries ASEAN countries should join and get more involved in maritime and naval cooperation, to cope with threats to the sovereignty of each country, Gen. Moeldoko, Indonesian Military (TNI) chief said, reports Jakarta Post. Moeldoko called for a stronger joint maritime partnership


Taiwan Uses Chinese Shipping Firm to Spratly Port

Pic: Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (Old name: Zhenhua Port Machinery Company)

 A state-run shipping company from mainland China came to Taiwan's rescue  to get vital materials to a $100 million port it is building on a disputed island in the South China Sea last month, reports Reuters.   Taiwanese officials couldn’t find a local firm to do the job






 
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