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Chinese Yards to Build More LNG Tankers

Chinese shipbuilders are gearing up to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers as the government approves more projects to import the fuel. China's first home-built LNG tanker will be completed in November by Shanghai's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co, which has orders for three more at about $200 million apiece. Another three Chinese shipmakers are ready to build the tankers, the most complex and expensive type of cargo carrier. Next month, China will receive its first cargo of LNG in Guangdong from Australia amid plans to double gas use by 2010 to curb coal pollution. The country is developing its domestic shipbuilding industry to secure transportation of imported raw materials for the expanding economy. China's shipyards plan to double capacity by 2010 as they compete with rivals in South Korea and Japan for market share. Shipowners spent $71.5 billion on new vessels last year, 6.3 percent less than in 2004, as record prices curbed orders for container ships, dry-bulk carriers and tankers. (Source: Bloomberg)


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


China Chooses Xian as Nation's First International Hub Port

China logistic network: Schematic courtesy of Xian Hinterland International Transit

Shaanxi province plans to build China's first hinterland international intermodal transit hub port to link the overland international freight route [see map] which they dub a new 'silk road', reports Xinhua. The proposed Xian Hinterland International Transit Hub Port will focus on international logistics transit business and develop itself into a strategic pivot offering services between China's east coastal and western regions.


ROC Navy to Have First Female Warship Captain

A young naval officer will soon become the Republic of China's first female warship captain after completing a series of stringent training and grueling tests. Naval Lt. Commander Hsieh Ai-chieh, 30, will set a precedent in the Navy of the Republic of China to lead the 500-ton domestically-developed Chinchiang-class auxiliary warship. Hsieh, growing up in central Changhua County, passed her opportunity to enter one of the top universities in 1944.


China lends Argentina $7.5 bln for Power, Rail Projects

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping,

  Argentina signed deals on Friday to borrow $7.5 billion from China at a time when the Latin American country cannot tap global capital markets because of disputes over unpaid debt. Among the deals signed, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed on a loan for $4.7 billion from the China Development Bank for the construction of two hydroelectric dams in Patagonia


Chinese Ship Sales Legally To Taiwan

More than half a century of family division ended in hugs and tears of joy on Tuesday after the first mainland Chinese ship to sail legally to Taiwan since 1949 arrived at the heavily-fortified island of Quemoy. The China-registered Gulangyu, or Piano Island, docked to be welcomed by the sounds of gongs, drums and firecrackers, in another sign of rapprochement efforts between the long-term adversaries. Aboard the passenger ferry were 80 elderly Quemoy natives stranded on the mainland since


SINOPACIFIC’s Design SPP17A Secures First Order from Mexico

SINOPACIFIC’s In-house Design SPP17A Secures First Order from Mexico

  Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group (SINOPACIFIC), has recently signed a contract with a Mexican shipping company, Naviera Petrolera Integral S.A. de C.V. for the construction of 3 (three) SPP17A vessels. All vessels will be built in SINOPACIFIC’s Zhejiang Shipyard and are expected to be delivered before the end of 2015. Following that, the new vessels will be used by PEMEX, Mexico’s largest governmental owned oil company


China's First LNG-powered Tugs to Have Wärtsilä Engines

Wärtsilä 34DF Engine: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä to supply dual fuel main engines for two environmentally sustainable tugs being built by China National Offshore Oil Corp subsidiary The tugs are being built for CNOOC Energy Technology & Services Limited (CETS), a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC). The vessels are the first in a planned series to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), and will be the first tugs in China ever to be operated on gas


China Province Starts Taiwan Direct Shipping Route

North China's Hebei Province recently opened the first direct cargo route to Taiwan when a cargo of 36,000 tonnes of coal left Qinghuadao Port for Taiwan Direct trade routes between China & Taiwan have been frozen for a number of years. The Wuxing 6 bulk carrier left Qinghuadao Port, China's largest coal transfer port, for the Taitung and Kaohsiung ports in Taiwan, Tuesday marking the first cargo shipment between Hebei and Taiwan.


China Shipbuilding Activity Tumbles

China's shipbuilding industry faces a severe test in today's sluggish global market China's shipbuilders finished 22.53 million dead weight tons of shipbuilding orders in the first five months this year, a decrease of 10.1 percent year-on-year. New ship orders amount to 9.54 million DWT, a fall of 47.3 percent year-on-year. The total industrial output value of China's shipbuilding industry reached 240.6 billion yuan ($38


China's Artificial Islands in South China Sea Raises U.S. Concerns

Spratly Islands that have undergone significant construction or land reclamation work in the past year. Map by the Center for Strategic and International Studies

 China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. The unprecedented land reclamation currently being conducted by China is increasing tensions with the U.S. and its allies, according to Pacific Fleet Commander Harry Harris.  


Going Nuclear in Indian Ocean

Map by Clingendael Institute

 As India, Pakistan and perhaps China develop their naval nuclear forces, they will enter increasingly murky waters, says a report published in the National Interest.   These countries will likely deploy a significant number of nuclear weapons at sea in the Indian Ocean


Japan, U.S. Look to Expand Naval Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Tokyo to come to the aid of an ally under attack will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces across Asia, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday. Expanded training and joint missions could extend from Japan through


India Halts Iran oil Imports Under U.S. Pressure

Oil imports from Iran at 220,000 bpd in year to March 31. U.S. pressured India not to raise annual Iran oil imports. India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. pressure to keep its shipments from Tehran within sanction


Cargotec Solely owns China Crane

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Cargotec and CAG Marine Holding Limited, which is in turn wholly owned by Carlyle Asia Growth Partners IV, L.P. and CAGP IV Coinvestment, L.P., now jointly own China Crane Investment Holdings Limited (China Crane), an investment company, which has owned 18


India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties

Indian Union Minister for Defence, Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, in Japan. Courtesy: Photo Division, PIB

 India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships, operating in the Indian Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean and disputed waters of the South China Sea.  


China's Air Drills Roil South China Sea Waters

China's air force conducted its first drill above the western Pacific Ocean on Monday, the Defence Ministry said, in a move that could exacerbate tensions with its South China Sea neighbours including Taiwan and the Philippines. People's Liberation Army aircraft conducted exercises over the


Amid Yemen Chaos, China Lifts More Oil

China has managed to export a large shipment of crude oil from Yemen over the weekend, ship-tracking data showed on Monday, despite mounting chaos in the country after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes last week. The 2 million barrel Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), Tai Hung San


Royal Caribbean Sets to Sail to Tianjin

Ovation of the Seas, the third Quantum-class ship (Royal Caribbean International)

 Royal Caribbean International will deploy yet another big ship in China, with the 4,180-passenger Ovation of the Seas joining Quantum of the Seas in the Far East.   The Miami-based cruise company takes delivery of Ovation in April 2016 and it will head straight to China rather than


Greece Will Sell Piraeus Port Stake in Weeks

Port of Piraeus

  The Greek government will sell its majority stake in the port of Piraeus within weeks, the country's deputy prime minister told China's official Xinhua news agency, a flip-flop from the leftist government as it seeks funds from its creditors.


Vietnam's Submarines to Counter China?

Pic:  Vietnam Navy

 Vietnam's new submarines could alter the balance in the South China Sea quite dramatically, say maritime security analysts.   Vietnam and China have long contested claims over the Spratly and Paracel islands, including last year's dispute over China's attempted oil drilling and


China Unveils Action Plan on Maritime Silk Road

Map by National Development and Reform Commission

 China has unveiled the principles, framework, and cooperation priorities and mechanisms in its Maritime Silk Road initiative in a bid to enhance regional connectivity and embrace a brighter future together.   The plan consists two segments - One is centered on the Asian land mass and


China Maritime Silk Road to Touch India for Namesake

 Pic: The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives, also known as One Belt, One Road

 Chinese officials on Saturday fleshed out some details for the country's ambitious 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) project in its “one belt, one road,” action plan.   Though the plan released by China’s economic planning agency and the commerce and foreign


Is China Building a Naval Base in Africa?

Image: The China Africa Project

 Recently, The Namibian reported the existence of a "confidential letter from Namibia's ambassador to China, Ringo Abed, to Namibia's foreign minister stating that 'a Chinese delegation will visit Namibia ... for discussions ... on the way forward regarding plans for the proposed naval


CSIC, CSSC Dismiss Shipbuilder Merger Rumors

China's state-backed shipbuilding giants said they have not received any merger-related information from authorities, after an executive swap between the firms sparked a market rally in their shares. The pair are the latest state firms to see merger rumours trigger jumps in their share prices






 
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