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China to Release Northern Sea Route Pilot Book

Arctic Navigation: File photo

The guide will offer comprehensive, practical and authoritative information for Chinese cargo ships for sailing through the Northern Sea Route, or Northeast Passage, to Europe, reports China Daily, citing Zhai Jiugang, deputy head of the Ministry of Transport's Maritime Safety Administration. The new route can save Chinese cargo ships 5,186 kilometers and nine days from the traditional voyage to Europe, which goes through the Malacca Straits and the Suez Canal. The guide elaborates on such things as the Northern Sea Route's nautical charts, sailing methods, ice-breaking providers and Arctic geography and climate, as well as laws and regulations of countries along the route, according to Wang Liangyu, a maritime mapping expert with the ministry's Donghai Navigation Safety Administration, which led the publication of the guide. According to the 'China Daily' the book's publication will make China the second country after Russia to issue an Arctic voyage guide. With the effects of global warming, the route has become more accessible for ships because the ice is melting faster. A total of 46 commercial ships went through the lane last year. Source: China Daily  

Missing Chinese Ship Confirmed Sunk

A Chinese cargo ship which was reported missing in the Bohai Sea of north China over two months ago has been found sunk in the sea with 10 people aboard missing, local maritime authorities said. The missing were unlikely to have survived, said an official with the Maritime Affairs Administration of Tianjin, a port city which is more than 70 nautical miles away from the site where the boat was found. The boat was reported missing on its way to Tianjin after it took some 500 tons of

Seventeen Missing after Ship Sinks off Northeastern China

Eight North Korean sailors were rescued but 17 remain missing after their cargo vessel sank Tuesday off the coast of northeastern China, the Xinhua News Agency reported. The 3,000-ton cargo ship Ryong Ak San was carrying 25 crew members and 2,900 tons of ore when it sank Tuesday afternoon off the coast of China's city of Dalian, the report said, quoting the city's maritime rescue office. The Chinese maritime authorities continue to search for the missing crew members amid strong winds that

Seamanship Trophy Recognizes Rescue

The captain and crew of a U.S.-flag merchant vessel will receive the American Merchant Marine Seamanship Trophy for their skillful action in rescuing two mariners from stormy seas. Capt. Tom McDorr and the crew of Horizon Falcon, owned by Horizon Lines, Inc., displayed superior seamanship last year when they saved the lives of two Chinese sailors whose vessel sank in the North Pacific. The Seamanship Trophy, which recognizes extraordinary seafaring skills by American mariners

Iran Warship Wrests Chinese Ship from Pirate Control

Chinese owned cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates freed by Iran warship, crew rescued, fate of 9 pirates not stated All 28 Chinese crew members aboard a China-linked cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates have been rescued, the Chinese embassy in Tehran said. The cargo ship, Xianghuamen, was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Sea of Oman near Iran's southern port of Chabahar.The vessel, registered in Panama, belongs to Nanjing Ocean Shipping company in eastern China.

Custom Ro-Pax Delivered in China

San sha No. 1 (Photo courtesy of Knude E. Hansen A/S)

The first Ro-Pax cruiser designed and built in China for the Chinese market has entered into service on January 1, 2015.   The ship, named San sha No. 1, can carry wheeled cargo, containers, trailers as well as passengers, and was delivered to China's southernmost city Sansha in Hainan Province to tackle the city's lack of transportation capacity.   The vessel is a conventional propulsion Ro-Ro Passenger vessel designed to transport vehicle and containers on a single cargo deck

New Vessels for FESCO to be Built in China

A series of new vessels will be built in China for the Far-Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO). According to reports, the contract on building of four bulk carriers at the Chinese shipyard Quingshan Shipyard in the city Ukhan was made. Every bulk carrier will be 623 x 104 ft., deadweight 57,000 tons. Every vessel will be equipped with four loading cranes. The bulk carriers will work at transportation of bulked cargo - corn, coal, ore, pipes and others.

Giuseppe Bottiglieri Buys Two Bulk Carriers

Giuseppe Bottiglieri purchased two more newbuildings at Chinese shipyard Jiangsu Yangzijiang. The President of Giuseppe Bottiglieri di Navigazione SpA shipowning company said that the two bulkcarriers are sister vessels of the six Post Panamax (92.500 dwt) ordered last January. According to the company, in an effort to build the company’s modern fleet of bulk carriers, this $100m investment in the dry cargo sector comes after an order that was placed in January.

Focus On China: Refineries, Pipelines And Vessel Supply


China’s demand for imported oil is, and will, continue to be one of the key influences on the tanker market, according to industry experts Braemar Shipping Services plc. Demand growth in the country has progressed at an unprecedented pace over the last decade, a pattern universally anticipated to continue. This additional demand will increase China’s dependence on imported crude with beneficial knock-on effects for the tanker industry. Refining capacity

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. "There was a bit of a rush to fix earlier this week ahead of the holidays ... but it has been very quiet in the last couple of days," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday.

Adrift Cargo Ship Taken in Tow

The Barbados-registered cargo vessel Skog, which was adrift off Orkney after encountering engine problems, is now under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 99-meter cargo vessel, laden with a cargo of paper

Asia Fuel Oil-Cracks, Spreads Tight; Bunker Prices Climb

Asia's fuel oil crack for benchmark 180-centistroke rebounded to a discount of $6.79 a barrel on Wednesday, gaining as bunker prices firmed on the possibility of reduced arbitrage volumes from the West next month even as the market remained quiet, traders said.  

Maersk to Idle Vessel

Morten Maersk. Photo by Maersk Line

 The world's biggest container-ship operator Maersk Line  has confirmed market talk that it has temporarily idled one of its largest vessels - yet another sign that the industry is in dire straits, says a report in the The Straits Times.  

Deltamarin to Designs First LNG Handysize Bulk Carriers

Deltamarin designs of LNG handysize bulk carriers Courtesy Deltamarin

  Deltamarin Ltd proudly announces that it has signed a contract to design the world’s first LNG handysize bulk carriers, which will point the way towards greener shipping of commodities. The two B.Delta26LNG vessels will be constructed for the Finnish shipowner ESL Shipping Ltd by the

Project Cargo and Grain Top Seaway Cargoes in October

With two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports were busy moving grain and project cargo in October.   “We anticipated an increase in vessel activity and cargo tonnage into the Great Lakes Seaway System for the month of October, and we saw it,” said Betty Sutton

China: "Great Restraint" in South China Sea

China has shown "great restraint" in the South China Sea by not seizing islands occupied by other countries even though it could have, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday ahead of two regional summits where the disputed waterway is likely to be a hot topic.

Port of Hamburg Reports Cargo Downturn

(Photo: HHM / Peter Glaubitt)

Germany’s largest universal port reported the effects of weakened Chinese foreign trade plus the steep downturn in trade with Russia during the first nine months of the year. Totaling 104.6 million tons, seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was down 4

China Merchants to Acquire Sinotrans

Photo: Sinotrans Shipping Limited

 Chinese transport giant China Merchants Group looks set to takeover Sinotrans & CSC in the potential merger between the two shipping giants in China, reports Reuters.   The two companies have been locked in reorganization talks, financial magazine Caixin  said

Cosco, China Shipping Mega Merger Deal May Get Green Signal Soon

Photo: China COSCO Dry Bulk Shipping

 The merger deal of China’s two shipping gianst China Ocean Shipping Co., or Cosco, and China Shipping Group that could create the world’s fourth largest container operator is expected to get approval by Chinese government by January, reports WSJ.  

Chinese Authorities Raid Container-Shipping Firms

Photo: Maersk Line

China's National Development and Reform Commission  (NDRC) is visiting several major container shipping lines’ offices in Shanghai and throughout the country as part of its surcharges investigation.   According to local media reports

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slip Again

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier (file image: Vale)

Capesize market could worsen in short-term; 3.5 mln tonnes could be cut from Brazil ore exports. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could drift lower next week as Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine disaster and uncertain ore demand from China weigh on cargo volumes, brokers said.

U.S. & China: U.S. Must Invest in Maritime to Avoid “Sea Strangulation”

(Image: HHI // CSCL)

A new study examines the steady decline of the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet, which today numbers less than 100 vessels in international trade, and warns that U.S. global competitiveness and maritime security -- particularly in light of a fast-emerging China -- is at grave risk unless investment is

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

Dry Bulk Shipping Record Low a Warning for Global Economy

A slump in dry bulk shipping is set to worsen as the meltdown in global commodities and too many ships free for hire rock the sector used by investors to gauge the health of world trade.   Slower coal and iron ore demand from China - the world's biggest industrial importer - have battered

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

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