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First Phase Completed at Changxing Shipbuilding Base

The first phase of the Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding Base has been finished and is already in operation on Changxing Island, Shanghai. Built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), it has three production lines and four boatyards capable of holding 300,000-ton ships. Almost unparalleled in the world, it is the biggest shipbuilding project ever to be undertaken in China. Shanghai has the potential to be the world's largest shipbuilding base. Dubbed Project Hope, the Changxing Shipbuilding Base will accelerate the development of China's shipbuilding industry. It includes seven large boatyards and will have the capacity to manufacture 8-million-ton ships by 2015. This will help Shanghai to become the biggest shipbuilding location in the world. The base has received $2.67b worth of orders for 38 ships weighing 6 million tons, projects that will keep it busy until 2010. Source: People's Daily Online

Shell: First Oil From Phase 2 of Parque das Conchas


Shell and its partners have begun production from the second development phase of the Parque das Conchas (BC-10) project, located off Brazil’s south-east coast. The BC-10 project (Shell share 50%, Petrobras 35%, ONGC 15%) is comprised of several subsea fields which are tied back to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, named the Espírito Santo. In 2009 the first phase of the project began production, when the Abalone and Ostra fields were connected

Cosco and Kawasaki Sign Deal

Cosco Group, China's shipping conglomerate, signed a deal with Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd to build a shipyard in northeast China. Cosco would control 70% of the facility, which would cost $500m in its first phase, and the Japanese heavy machinery maker would hold the remainder. Source: Malaysia Star

Mexico Plans Huge Air, Rail And Sea Terminal

The Mexican state of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico is planning to build a massive air, rail and sea cargo terminal for international trade, according to state officials. Veracruz officials are in talks with U.S. asset manager Alliance Capital and an international consortium that includes Mexican construction company Grupo Tribasa for the project, the first phase of which would cost $500 million. Working in conjunction with local authorities

First Vessel Trials New Berth at Aberdeen

The first phase of a multi-million pound redevelopment project of Aberdeen Harbor’s Torry Quay has been completed.   A project milestone, it was marked by the vessel Skandi Foula, which docked at the quay before loading cargo destined for a North Sea installation.   The vessel is the first to have used the new facilities, which include 300 meters of realigned, deep water berths, a stronger quayside for heavier lifts, and a wider channel in the River Dee

MMS Grant for Lake Pontchartrain

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has approved a grant for $699,400 to Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) for the first phase of a proposed shoreline protection project on the northern edge of Lake Pontchartrain. Grant funding for the first phase of the project will provide for engineering and design service, coordination of land rights, and administration costs

Sinopec Rolls Out Beihai LNG-import Terminal

Image: Sinopec

 China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) has taken delivery of the first LNG cargo at its new terminal at Beihai City in Guangxi Zhuang, with the arrival yesterday of the LNG carrier Methane Spirit, delivering a cargo from ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG)project in Australia.    The cargo was delivered onboard the 160,000 cbm Methane Spirit LNG carrier, Sinopec said.   Located in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region

Fugro Reduces Offshore Wind Development Down Time


A development by Fugro for its work class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) has been utilised successfully in cable lay touchdown monitoring operations at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. A new track base unit, fitted to its FCV ROV, has been introduced to ensure highly accurate cable positioning during cable lay operations in strong currents. The unit ensures the continuation of operations in strong currents by enabling the ROV to run along the seabed instead of flying through the water

NASSCO Lands $22 Million Conversion Contract

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), was awarded a contract valued up to $22 million to finish off the second phase of a program to convert a U.S. Navy Strategic Sealift Program vessel to comply with the enhanced readiness capabilities of the U.S. Marine Corps' Maritime Prepositioning Force. Preceding by this was the project first phase, which called for the development, design, material specifications and planning for Phase II - the actual conversion work - which will commence

Shell Begins Production at Parque das Conchas

Shell has started production at its multi-field Parque das Conchas project 110 km off Brazil's southeast coast, where heavy oil resources lie beneath waters nearly two km deep in the Campos Basin. Parque das Conchas is a two-phase project with initial production drawn from Abalone, Ostra and Argonauta B-West. The first phase, now on-stream, involves nine producing wells and one gas injector well, which the second phase will focus on the Argonauta O-North field

Clyde Launches Training Facility

CTS Staff Photo Clyde Training Solutions

Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) opened central Scotland’s first dedicated marine and offshore international training centre.   CTS – a newly established Clyde Group company -  is now offering an extensive range of onsite accredited maritime safety courses to an international

New Container Terminal Inaugurated in Iraq

Enrique K. Razon Jr., ICTSI Chairman and President, cuts the ribbon symbolizing the formal opening of the BGT expansion area, the first entirely foreign financed new port infrastructure in Iraq. Photo ICTSI

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) formally opened the first phase of its new greenfield terminal development at its Basra Gateway Terminal in the North Port, Umm Qasr, Iraq.   The official inauguration of the new facility marks the implementation of the first entirely

Long Beach Port Wins SCAQMD Clean Air Award

A container ship is worked at Middle Harbor in April 2016. Photo Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Container Terminal have received a Clean Air Award for working to reduce pollution in Southern California with the Middle Harbor redevelopment project. Given by the South Coast Air Quality Management District

NuBlu: LNG Fueling Station in the GOM

 NuBlu Energy Begins Construction of LNG Plant in Port Allen, LA Facility to supply LNG and all support services to customers in the Southern/Gulf region   NuBlu Energy has begun the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant in Port Allen, LA

Statoil: Considerable Johan Castberg spin-offs

Statoil has today, as operator for the Johan Castberg project, distributed a proposed impact assessment programme for the largest field yet to be developed on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS)

Statoil’s proposed impact assessment programme for the Johan Castberg project reveals that the project will be important to Norwegian industry and have strong ripple effects. During our improvement work we have created new opportunities for the Johan Castberg field in the far north

GoodFuels Marine, Boskalis Test Wood-Based Marine Fuel

Photo: Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.

 Boskalis, the leading global dredging and marine expert, and GoodFuels Marine, the leading provider of sustainable marine biofuels to the global commercial shipping fleet, has announced to have performed successful live tests on a sustainable  wood-based drop-in biofuel called UPM

Saudi Aramco Extends Bidding for Marine Terminal Work

State oil giant Saudi Aramco has extended bidding for dredging and reclamation work at its marine terminal in Ras al-Khair by almost one month, industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday.   The extension, pushing out the submission date to Sept. 29 from Aug

This Day In Naval History: August 1

Pope Pius IX (Photo: public domain)

1801 - The schooner, USS Enterprise, commanded by Lt. Andrew Sterett, encounters the Barbary corsair, Tripoli, west of Malta. After a three-hour battle, USS Enterprise broadsides the vessel, forcing Tripolis surrender.   1849 - Pope Pius IX and King Ferdinand of the Two Sicilies

Bahri Agrees with APICORP Launch $1.5B VLCCs Fund


National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) said on Sunday it signed a deal with Arab Petroleum Investments Corp. (APICORP) to launch a $1.5 billion investment fund that could buy up to 15 very large crude carriers (VLCCs). The fund will be seeded with $500 million on three occasions

DNV GL, South Korean Yards Kicks off Standardization

Photo: DNV GL

 The first phase of a joint industry project (JIP) to promote a global standard for engineering and construction of offshore oil and gas installations has delivered four recommended practices (RPs).    The outcome of the JIP, led by DNV GL, will be reduced complexity

Bangladesh Ship Recycling Project Makes Good Progress

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​Stakeholders have been updated on progress made by the safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) project - Phase I.   The project is being executed and implemented by  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  and funded by the Norwegian Agency

Indo-US-Japan Naval Exercise Irks China

Photo: Indian Navy

 The joint military drill by Japan, the US and India being held near the waters of the East China Sea will create more frictions in the disputed area, warns China.   The first phase of the drill kicked off on Friday in Japan’s southwestern city of Sasebo

Chain Tensioning, Cutting Completed for FPSO Turritella

FPSO Turritella (Photo: InterMoor)

InterMoor said it has completed the final tensioning and chain cutting operations on the FPSO Turritella for the Shell Stones project, located in the Walker Ridge protraction area in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).    The FPSO Turritella will connect to subsea infrastructure located beneath

CMA CGM Doubles Liverpool Feeder Capacity

Courtesy Peel Ports Containers

CMA CGM has increased the capacity on its West Coast Feeder service via Liverpool to 2200 TEU from 900 TEU. M.V. Nicolas Delmas began calling at the port in April. The service begins in Antwerp and also calls at Greenock, Belfast, Dublin and Le Havre.  

Maersk Returns to Liverpool

(Photo: Peel Ports)

Maersk has been welcomed to the Port of Liverpool with a formal reception for its feeder vessel Antwerp. The event on April 27 was attended by Seago and Maersk representatives along with customers, and was followed by a port tour, including a trip to the top of the 90m Grain Tower.  

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