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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


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


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.


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


U.S. Lawmakers Call Chinese Actions In South China Sea 'Troubling'

South China Sea

  Six U.S. senators urged their colleagues on Friday to support legislation reaffirming U.S. support for freedom of navigation, saying they consider China's recent actions in the South China Sea troubling. China this week accused Vietnam of intentionally colliding with its ships in the South China Sea after Vietnam asserted that Chinese vessels used water cannon and rammed eight of its vessels during the weekend near an oil


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


Evergreen Adjusts Intra-Asia Schedules

In view of the development of intra-Asia waterborne trade, Evergreen Line will realign its fleet deployment and launch new services, effective November 2011.      Two new service loops will replace the existing Japan- Taiwan - South China Sea (JTS) service. The new South China Sea - Hong Kong (SCH) loop will serve the southern leg of JTS service while the northern leg will be covered by the carrier's existing service network


CNOOC and Eni Collaborate in South China Sea

Hong Kong - CNOOC Limited announced that its parent company, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), has signed a production-sharing contract (PSC) with Eni China B.V. (Eni) for the deepwater Block 30/27 in South China Sea. Block 30/27, located 400 kilometers off the coast of Hong Kong with a total area of 5,130 square kilometers, is one of the blocks CNOOC offered for foreign cooperation in 2011. According to the terms of the contract


Fishing Boat Incident Heightens Philippine-China Tensions

File image

Philippines police seized a Chinese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday, an official told Reuters, the latest flare-up of tensions in the oil and gas-rich waters that are claimed wholly or in part by six Asian nations. Chief Superintendent Niel Vargas of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group said a maritime police patrol apprehended a Chinese fishing boat around 7 a.m. on Tuesday off Half Moon Shoal.


Sea Dispute Sparks China Diplomat to Vietnam Visit

Secretary Kerry Shows Chinese State Councilor Yang Overview of Boston Hometown. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

China's top diplomat to visit Vietnam again amid sea dispute   China's top diplomat will visit Vietnam next week, China said on Friday, five months after he last visited during a period of tension over a Chinese oil drilling rig working in part of the South China Sea both countries claim.   State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will arrive in Vietnam on Monday for meetings with Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh


China, Vietnam Want Amicable Sea Dispute Solution

China and Vietnam agreed on Monday to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they did not want it to affect relations. The two countries have sought to patch up ties since their long-running row erupted in May


China Pledges Mergers, Private Investment in Shipping Industry Reform

China has issued further guidance to support and modernize its shipping industry, saying it would encourage mergers and private investment as well as develop its cruise industry. The world's biggest trading nation is focusing on the shipping industry as it grows more assertive over territorial


COSL Takes Delivery of New Semisub

COSL’s deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSL Prospector delivered

  China Oilfield Services Limited saw successful delivery of the deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSLProspector it invested in and commissioned to build in Yantai, Shandong today. This rig has adopted the latest marine engineering design concepts in the world and has mets the


China Building Island Big Enough for Airstrip

Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday.   The construction has stoked concern that China may be


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 18

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 18 1838 - Exploring Expedition under Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise. 1911 - First Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, appointed 1965 - First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight captures 2


China Rejects Manila Protests, Laments Detentions

China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila's exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist.


US, China Officials Meet After Navy Jet Intercept

U.S. and Chinese military officials will hold talks on rules of behavior at the Pentagon on Tuesday and Wednesday, a U.S. official said, days after the United States denounced a "dangerous" Chinese jet intercept of a U.S. Navy patrol plane.


Joint Petroleum Development in South China Sea Makes Sense

Shared development of oil, gas and possibly other natural resources is the most promising option for reducing tensions in the South China Sea and should be the focus of efforts to improve diplomatic relations between China and its coastal neighbors.


East and South China Sea Disputes Need Creative Diplomacy

China and the United States appear headed for a damaging confrontation over the extent of China's territorial claims in the South and East China Seas. Now that China has become the world's largest importer of oil, and energy more generally


China Plans to Modernise Shipping Industry: Shares Jump

China published a set of guidelines to support and develop its shipping industry on Wednesday, sending shares in shipping firms such as China COSCO and China Shipping higher. The world's biggest trading nation is focusing on the shipping industry as it looks to secure its supply chains and


China's Navy Enters Strait of Hormuz

Bandar Abbas, home of Iran's navy and the main port in the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, is currently hosting two Chinese naval vessels on a five-day goodwill visit, underlining the increasingly warm relationship between the two countries.


US Eases Arms Embargo Against Vietnam for Maritime Security

The United States on Thursday partially lifted a long-time ban on lethal weapon sales to Vietnam to help it improve maritime security, a historic move that comes nearly 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War. "The State Department has taken steps to allow for the future transfer of


Piracy Expected to Increase Ahead of Nigeria's Election

Piracy globally costs firms $7 bln, govts $12 bln a year Ships reducing security after Somali attacks down Piracy will increase in the Gulf of Guinea as Nigeria prepares for an election next February in order to funnel ransom money into campaign financing


MacGregor Secures Deck Machinery Orders from Sinopacific

the main dimensions of SPA85L have been optimized to meet the complex conditions of the South China Seas

MacGregor has signed a new series of deck machinery orders for 12 vessels with the China-based Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group. This builds on a track-record of contracts that now stands at 150 shipsets of equipment successfully delivered and installed at Sinopacific yards


China, Vietnam Pledge Maritime Cooperation

China and Vietnam have agreed to "address and control" maritime disputes, state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have roiled relations between the two countries and other neighbors.






 
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