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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

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

China Refineries Enters Global Oil Trade

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 During the last year, China’s “teapot” refiners are helping to boost China’s crude import demand and their influence is expanding, says Clarkson Research Services.   Chinese crude oil imports have historically been dominated by a handful of state-owned companies. However, since mid-2015 Beijing has started to liberalise China’s oil market, and is gradually allowing more independent refiners to process imported crude, and import crude oil directly

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

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

Baltic Index Higher on Firm Panamax Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, inched up on Monday, helped by firmer panamax rates.   The overall index rose one point, or 0.21 percent, to 478 points.   The index, which gauges the cost of shipping cargoes including iron ore, cement, grain and coal, and is seen by investors as an indicator of global industrial activity, touched an all-time low of 471 points on Dec. 16.  

Baltic Index Touches New Record Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, registered a new all-time low on Monday on muted vessel demand.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser, fell four points to 293 points. The index slid below the 300 mark for the first time on Feb. 4.   The index is yet to rise in a single session this year

Duterte Aligns Philippines with China to Resolve Sea Dispute

Photo: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States on Thursday, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duterte made his comments in Beijing

Essar Ports’ All-round Growth in 2Q

Essar Ports Q2 FY17 Results Image Essar Ports

Essar Ports (EPL) has registered all-round growth in the quarter ended 30 September 2016. Total cargo handling has grown 35% to 18.27 million tonnes, compared to 13.55 million tonnes in the same period last year. Third-party cargo handling has risen by 106%--to 1.03 million tonnes compared to 0

US Warship Challenges China's Claims in South China Sea

Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) operates in the South China Sea (U.S. Navy photo by Diana Quinlan)

A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area.   The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the

China Protests 'Illegal,' 'Provocative' US South China Sea Patrol

China's Defense Ministry said that a patrol by a U.S. warship in the South China Sea on Friday was "illegal" and "provocative" and that it had lodged a protest with the United States.   In a statement on its website, the ministry said two Chinese warships had warned the U

MacGregor in JV with China State Shipbuilding

Photo: Cargotec

 MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and China State Shipbuilding Corporation's (CSSC) Nanjing Luzhou Machine Co Ltd (LMC) signed a joint venture contract  to form CSSC Luzhou MacGregor Machine Co Ltd.    Subject to all relevant authority approvals, expected within this year

China Rebuffs S.Korea over Sinking of Coast Guard Vessel

China said on Wednesday South Korea's coast guard should not have been operating in part of the sea where one of Seoul's patrol boats sank last week during an operation to crack down on a group of Chinese fishing boats.   South Korean coast guard vessels regularly chase Chinese boats for

Crowley Liner Services Earns AQUA Lane Certification

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Liner Services said it has been certified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the new Marine Port Terminal Operator (MPTO) designation, known as the AQUA Lane program, which essentially gives the shipper a “fast lane” for cargo operations by allowing incoming

Arctic Shipping a Reality for Asia

Image by The Arctic Institute

 As Western firms wait to for Arctic shipping to show its worth, Asian countries are already betting on the emergence of an Arctic economic rim, reports The Arctic Journal.   For centuries, a harsh climate and ice-choked seas dashed the dreams of sailors attempting to cross the

MacGregor's Pusnes Deck Machinery for Vale's New VLOCs

Pusnes - Deck Machinery Photo MacGregor

MacGregor has won Pusnes deck machinery orders for a new series of 400,000 dwt very large ore carriers (VLOCs) under construction at Chinese shipyard, Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industries. The orders are booked in Cargotec's 2016 third quarter order intake.  

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could slide as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

A typical Capesize Bulker (credit: BSM)

Many vessels available for charter put pressure on freight rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as the number of ships available for charter outpaced cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday.

Seaborne Trade’s Key Role

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Shipping plays a major role in the world’s industries, facilitating the transport of large volumes of raw and processed materials. Clarksons Research takes a look.   However, the maritime sector forms a much more important part of the global supply chain for some commodities and

China Planning $100 bln Merger of Sinochem, ChemChina

Photo: Sinochem Group

 Chinese state-owned chemical companies Sinochem Group and ChemChina are in discussions about a possible merger to create a chemicals, fertilizer and oil giant with almost $100 billion in annual revenue, reports Reuters.   The deal was reportedly proposed by China’s central

Cargo Traffic Handled by Indian Ports Increases by 5.2 % for H1

Graphics: Ministry of Shipping, India

 The Major Ports in India handled 315.4 MT (Million Tonnes) of cargo during the first six months of FY 2016-17 (April-September) and showed a positive growth of 5.1 percent as compared to the same period last year.    The cargo traffic handled by the Major Ports during the same

Naptha Tanker Explodes at Southern China Port

An oil tanker carrying 3,400 tonnes of naphtha exploded during discharge at a southern Chinese port on Thursday and one person on board was missing, official Xinhua news agency reported. The rescue team said explosions occurred in the engine room as the tanker was discharging at Dongfang port

Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes

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