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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

S. Korea Keeps Top Spot in Shipbuilding Beating China, Japan in Q3

Image: Hyundai Heavy

 South Korean shipbuilders have ranked first in the world outpacing Chinese and Japanese rivals in terms of new orders in the third quarter of the year, reports Yonhap quoting  Clarkson Research Services.   South Korean shipyards bagged new orders totaling 2

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.  

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Impacted by China Holidays

Weak holiday demand to pressure rates lower. Rebound seen after China returns to market on Oct 8. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could come under pressure next week as lower cargo volumes due to holidays in China thwart shipowners efforts to push rates higher, ship brokers said.

Teekay Secures $1bln from Chinese Bank

 Teekay Corporation announced today it has entered into a framework cooperation agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for up to $1 billion in new loan facilities.   The loan facilities would be made available to Teekay and its subsidiaries

New Bulkers Launched into Fuel-saving Future

View of the Elsabeth C and Mirela tied up in port in China (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

One of the first commercial applications of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new MAN Alpha Kappel FP propeller took place off the coast of China recently when the vessel Elsabeth C, a 58,500-dwt Supramax bulk carrier owned by Frontmarine Co. Ltd – an affiliated and managed company of

Slower China Growth Hurts Global Shipping Sector: Fitch

Image: China Ocean Shipping Company

 China's slower growth and economic transition will pose significant risks for the already struggling shipping sector, rating agency Fitch said.   The shipping sector is already faces overcapacity, weak freight rates and stretched financials.  

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

China Hooked to South China Sea

Map by Transatlantic Academy

 Despite US President Barack Obama’s warning  thatthe land reclamation work in the strategically important South China Sea would affect peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the area, China might press on, reports SCMP.  

Baltic Dry Index rises 17% in Sept

Bulk ship. Image: Stockcargo

 Sparking speculation that a recovery in commodities could be around the corner, the Baltic Dry Index, a measure of shipping costs for commodities,  has risen 17.5 per cent since September 15, reports Business Standard.   The indexis up 21 per cent at 943, since January this year

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

China Shipping Firms, Dynagas Mull Arctic LNG Vessel Deal

China Merchants Energy Shipping, Sinotrans Shipping and Greek shipping firm Dynagas are in talks to form a joint venture to build five vessels to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Arctic, the firms said. China Merchants said in a stock exchange statement on Tuesday that its board had

Li to Head MacGregor's China business

Zhengyu Li (Frank)

MacGregor develops operations in China and strengthens its organisation by appointing Zhengyu Li (Frank) as Vice President, Head of China as of 1 October 2015. Mr Li drives the development of MacGregor business in the most important market in the marine industry

Sinotrans to Build Five Arctic LNG Carriers

Pic: Sinotrans Shipping

 Sinotrans Shipping, one of China’s largest shipping companies, is in negotiations to take part in a joint venture to commission the building of five Arctic LNG carriers, says the company's stock market announcement.   The company said in a statement that it is in talks with

China Pushes Maritime Silk Road to Asean

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. Photo Credit: Chinese Government

China made its pitch to ASEAN members to promote its Maritime Silk Road plans. China has said it will finish negotiations on upgrading the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area called CAFTA by the end of this year, said Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli.  

Greyman Express Launched

Greyman Express. Photo by Vroon

 China’s COSCO Guangdong Shipyard today launched Greyman Express, the sixth newbuilding livestock carrier to be constructed for Dutch company Vroon at this yard.    Four newbuilding livestock carriers have already been delivered to Vroon and have entered service. 

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