Chinese patrols enforcing disputed new fishing rules in the South China Sea are apprehending foreign boats on a weekly basis, Communist Party officials said on Thursday. In comments that provide the first window on how China is enforcing new rules criticized by Washington, the party secretary for Hainan Island said Chinese patrols attempted to peacefully negotiate with vessels that initially ignored warnings to leave Chinese waters. "First of all we would try to dissuade them, tell them to get out, this is our area, and then we negotiate and dissuade as much as possible," Luo Baoming, party secretary for Hainan province, said on Thursday. The Philippines and Vietnam have accused Chinese patrol vessels of firing water cannon and using aggressive means to intimidate and threaten its fishermen near disputed areas. Luo said that authorities based in Sansha city on Woody Island, which administers the mostly uninhabited Paracel islands, were regularly dealing with fishing vessels entering their waters. Also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan, Vietnamese fishermen routinely attempt to fish the Paracels, despite hundreds being captured in past campaigns in what Vietnam describes as its legal and sovereign fishing grounds. Luo did not provide specific numbers but said: "There's something like this happening if not every day then at least once a week, and the majority are dealt with by negotiating and persuasion."
CNOOC, China's largest offshore oil and natural gas producer, barred from outright opeation of recently acquired Gulf of Mexico oilfields. The oilfields were acquired by CNOOC through its US$15-billion takeover of Canadian firm Nexen. The state-owned oil giant's purchase of Nexen includes about 200 deep-water leases in the Gulf, however the company has surrendered operating control of them to quell US national security concerns, reports the South China Morning Post
China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) will tie up with US engineering design firm Friede & Goldman to develop China's first deep-water semi-submersible drill platform. CNOOC said the two companies signed a contract in late November and will jointly hold intellectual property rights put into the new rig. The rig is expected to cost about 4.5 bln yuan and will be delivered to CNOOC in October 2010 for use in the South China Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and West Africa, among other locations
According to a Nov. 24 Bloomberg report, Cnooc Ltd. and its partners may spend about $29b to develop fuel deposits in the South China Sea in the nation's biggest push to tap reserves off the coast. The investments between next year and 2020 include an estimated $2.2b by parent China National Offshore Oil Corp. to build deepwater drilling equipment. (Source: Bloomberg)
According to a Sept. 24 report from United Press International, Asia, armed pirates boarded a tanker in the South China Sea, assaulted a crew member and robbed the rest of the crew. The six pirates were armed with knives and machetes as they boarded the Singapore-registered Prospect, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) said. The ship carrying liquefied petroleum gas was boarded just off Anambas Island.
By Stuart Grudgings, Reuters The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia's Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant shift in its approach to China's claims to the disputed South China Sea, senior diplomats told Reuters. The reef lies outside Malaysia's territorial waters but inside its 200 nautical mile exclusive economic
May 26 1944 - USS England sinks fifth Japanese submarine in one week 1952 - Tests from 26-29 May demonstrate feasibility of the angled-deck concept conducted on simulated angled deck on USS Midway 1990 - USS Beaufort rescues 24 Vietnamese refugees in South China Sea May 27 1813 - American joint operations against Fort George, Canada 1919 - Navy NC-4 completes trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Lisbon, Portugal
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Incident Report stating that the tug Asta, which was hijacked in the South China Sea on Feb. 7, has been found and recovered in the area of Surigao City in the Philippines. Seven suspected pirates are currently in custody. The Chief Engineer, who was taken with the tug, has also been found alive. (2/26/10). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)
New base in Shekou positions Expro to capitalise in the South China Sea. International oilfield services company Expro officially opened its new operations base in China, on February 2, in the company of key clientele and senior Expro management. The base in the Shekou industrial zone will have a workforce made up of both operational and support employees that will be responsible for servicing operations in the South China Sea
TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL ) today announced the upgrade of its Asia-South Africa network with the two following changes: MOL will meet customer needs by providing high-quality direct services and by providing variety of port coverage continuously. MOL will join new Asia and South Africa Service (ASA). Opening of the new route, linking Central and South China, Taiwan, South East Asia and South Africa, will start on April 8, 2012.
The U.S. military carried out freedom of navigation operations challenging the maritime claims of China, Iran and 10 other countries last year, asserting its transit rights in defiance of efforts to restrict passage, a Pentagon report said on Thursday.
From harassing Filipino fishing boats and monitoring oil exploration off Vietnam to playing cat-and-mouse with the Japanese coastguard, China's expanding fleet of civilian patrol vessels have become the enforcers in disputed Asian waters.
A Vietnamese official news agency report informs that Singaporean vessels searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane have found debris or floating objects of some kind, located 100 km southwest of Tho Chu Island in the South China Sea
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) has joined USS Pinckney (DDG 91) in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which remains anaccounted for, three days after it lost contact with air traffic control.
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 4 1918 - President Woodrow Wilson sails in USS George Washington for Paris Peace Conference. 1943 - Aircraft from USS Lexington (CV-16) and USS Independence (CVL-22) attack Kwajalein Atoll, sinking four Japanese ships and damaging five others
The Chinese Navy has released the first photographs of what many military observers believe is the 'Liaoning' aircraft carrier battle group reports Xinhua. The photo (reproduced here) shows the Liaoning sailing in company with several battleships
The vessel would be based at the small town of Sansha on one of the Paracel Islands and a regular patrol system would be set up from the base gradually, report the 'South China Morning Post', citing the 'China Ocean News'. Sansha was established two years ago to administer areas of the South
Today in U.S. Naval History - January 28 1778 - Second New Providence Expedition raised the flag with thirteen stripes over Fort Nassau. 1960 - Navy demonstrates value of moon communication relay, used in fleet broadcasts. 1962 - USS Cook (APD-130) rescues 25 survivors from after section
Members of the G6 Alliance released details on port rotations for the proposed service expansion to the Asia-North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic trade lanes, announced in early December last year. Subject to the completion of regulatory review process
A series of economic cooperation agreements have been reached by Chinese mainland and Taiwan at a recent meeting, reports Xinhua. The mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and its counterpart in Taiwan have concluded their two day's talk in South China's Hunan city
By Greg Torode and Manuel Mogato, Reuters Pressure is mounting on China and Southeast Asia to agree a code of conduct to keep the peace in the disputed South China Sea, but Beijing is warning of a long road ahead. Only last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged China and the
MacGregor has secured an order from Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry for a 100-metric-ton SWL active heave-compensated subsea crane. The MacGregor crane will be installed on the anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel, currently under construction for the offshore specialist
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, informs it has won an order for two subsea cranes from South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries and another for one from China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding. Korea order The active heave-compensated cranes will have an SWL of 100-tonnes and 25-tonnes
EMAS, the operating brand of Ezra Holdings, a global offshore contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry, today announced that the group has been awarded subsea construction and offshore support contracts in Asia Pacific and West Africa with a combined
By Megha Rajagopalan and Greg Torode, Reuters From harassing Filipino fishing boats and monitoring oil exploration off Vietnam to playing cat-and-mouse with the Japanese coastguard, China's expanding fleet of civilian patrol vessels have become the enforcers in disputed Asian waters.