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China Plans Bohai Bay Economic Hub in the North

The central government is considering plans to upgrade regional cooperation between Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province to build a trilateral economic sphere in the Bohai Bay area, according to Xinhuanet. The Bohai Bay area is considered China's third economic engine, alongside the Pearl and Yangtze river deltas. A final blueprint covering issues such as logistics, tourism and environmental protection will be drafted based on the three proposals, with input from experts, industry insiders and central government departments, reports Xinhuanet, citing Zhang Zhiqiang, head of the Tianjin Development and Reform Commission. Tianjin, a port city with a population of 14 million, is linked to Beijing by several highways, or a 30-minute trip by high-speed railway, while Hebei, a traditional industrial and transportation hub with rich natural resources and about 73 million residents, surrounds Beijing and Tianjin. Source: Xinhuanet  


CNOOC Completes Bohai Bay Appraisal

CNOOC Limited announced the successful completion of BZ19-4N-2D, an appraisal well drilled in Bohai Bay. BZ19-4N-2D, located on Structure BZ 19-4N on Block 11/19, was drilled in 23 m of water to a total depth of 2,390 m. Drilling of BZ19-4N-2D began in August 2005. The well encounters 98.5 m of pay zones. Two drill stem tests (DST) were conducted in two intervals. During the tests, the well flew about 770 barrels of oil per day and 0.15 million cubic feet of gas through a 7.94 mm choke.


Bohai Bay Oilfield Output to Double

CNOOC reportedly plans to more than double production at the Bohai Bay field to more than 27 million metric tons, or about 542,000 barrels a day, in five to six years as new fields come on stream, according to a report in the Herald Tribune. China is said to be encouraging its oil and gas producers to step up production to meet rising consumption spurred by an economy that rose 11.9 percent in the second quarter. Chinese oil demand will likely increase 5.9 percent to 7


CNOOC’s BZ25-1/BZ25-1South Oilfields in Full Production

CNOOC Limited announced that its BZ25-1/BZ25-1South oilfields, which suspended production due to facility damage caused by strong winds in November 2009, are back into production. Currently, the production capability of BZ25-1/ /BZ25-1South oilfields has recovered to its normal level. The fields can produce about 27,000 barrels of oil per day before the incident. After the strong winds, in order to resume its production as early as possible, the company, together with its partner


New CNOOC Fields in Bohai Bay Start Production

CNOOC Limited announced that its two new oil fields, BoZhong (BZ) 26-3 and LuDa (LD) 32-2 in the Bohai Bay have successfully commenced production recently. BZ 26-3 is located in the central part of Bohai Bay, neighboring producing field BZ 25-1S. The field has an average water depth of about 25 meters. The development and production operations of BZ 26-3 mainly rely on the facilities of its surrounding oilfields. With 4 wells online currently


China Terminal Joint Venture for Odfjell SE

Odfjell SE has made an agreement to enter into a joint venture via its subsidiary Odfjell Terminals Asia Pte Ltd (Singapore), with Tianjin Economic-Technology Development Area (TEDA) via its subsidiary Nangang Port Company to develop a terminal and marine facilities for bulk liquid chemicals, petroleum products and gases in the Nangang Industrial Zone (Tianjin) in China.   The initial phase of the joint venture will consist of three deep sea berths and have a total storage capacity of


CNOOC Announces Discovery

CNOOC Limited announced that it has achieved a new discovery, Luda (LD) 27-1, in Bohai Bay. Discovery well LD 27-1-1 is an independent wildcat spudded this July. The well was drilled in 16 meters of water to a total depth of 2772 meters. LD 27-1-1 encountered 34 meters of oil pay in 7 pay zones. The well was tested to flow 179 barrels of oil per day from three intervals 1170-1180, 1261-1267, 2691-2696 metres during drill stem tests.


Tianjin Gets OK for Shipbuilding Industrial Fund

's National Development and Reform Commission has recently approved , a municipality in the north of the country, to prepare for establishment of a CNY 20 billion shipbuilding industrial investment fund. It is the second industrial investment fund the city sets up after Bohai Industrial Investment Fund was launched. So far, is the pilot city with the most industrial investment funds the authority permitted nationwide.


Strong Winds Hit Haiyangshiyou 113

CNOOC Limited announced that the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel Haiyangshiyou 113 shifted from its moorings by strong winds in the Bohai Bay area, has been safely secured. There were no injuries or oil spills. Operations at the BZ25-1/BZ25-1South oilfields were shut-in on November 10 as a safety precaution during the strong winds, and recovery activities are now being remobilized BZ25-1/BZ25-1South oilfield is a joint project developed with Chevron. CNOOC Ltd


LOC Looks to a brighter Second Decade in China

Donny Ng Photo LOC

  LOC are setting key objectives for their second decade in China, while celebrating 10 years in multiple port cities across the country. “We are looking ahead to a great many things in China,” says Jon Walker, Regional Director of LOC. “These include growing our China offices over the next five years.” “Our commitment to hiring local talent, and our resource of international specialists


USCG Investigating ‘Laser Strikes’ on Commercial Ships

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is investigating multiple laser strikes during the past month aimed at commercial vessels transiting the Chesapeake Bay.   Four incidences occurred early Wednesday morning between midnight and 3 a.m., involving the motor vessels Salome, Bulk Spain and AM Annaba


FDR’s Yacht Plies the Waters of San Francisco Bay

The presidential yacht, Potomac, recently underwent maintenance drydocking at Bay Ship and Yacht in Alameda, Calif. (Photo: Business Wire)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, Potomac, is once again plying the waters of San Francisco Bay after undergoing a maintenance drydocking at Bay Ship and Yacht in Alameda, Calif.   Long known as the “Floating White House


EPA Paves Way for Stalled Mine in Alaska

U.S. environmental regulators have cleared the path for a stalled copper and gold mine in Alaska by agreeing to settle current lawsuits and other issues over the project, which had drawn environmental concerns over its potential impact on the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.


MOL to Build Japan's First LNG-Fueled Tugboat

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced the company's decision to build an LNG-fueled tugboat.    The new tugboat, the first LNG-fueled tug in Japan, will conform to the IGF code issued in January of this year and is subject to be examined by Japan's Ministry of Land


Another Busy Winter for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

Photo: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

The winter repair season is in full swing at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., where 16 vessels of various sizes from the Great Lakes bulk carrier fleet are in for winter repair, including five 1,000-foot bulk carriers


HMAS Anzac Transits to Fleet Base West

HMAS Anzac conducts a Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Success in the Southern Ocean. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Australian Navy's HMAS Anzac commenced her recent transit to Fleet Base West alone, meeting with sister frigate HMAS Parramatta in Jervis Bay.   For some such as Lieutenant James Keagan, Reserve Entry Officers’ Course member, it was their first real exposure to ship life. 


Cross-Bay Ferry Reports Ridership Gains

Photo Credit: Cross Bay Ferry

The Cross-Bay Ferry carried a record 6,000-plus paying passengers in February, and experienced significant ridership growth in February for both weekday and weekend service between Tampa and St. Petersburg. During February, Cross Bay Ferry sold 6,070 tickets, a 57-percent rise from January


Moose Boats Bags Order from Westar Marine

Image: Moose Boats

San Francisco Bay boat designer and manufacturer Moose Boats said it has been awarded a contract to construct multiple 75-foot semi-displacement USCG Subchapter-T passenger catamarans for Westar Marine Services in San Francisco, Calif. The first vessel will commence production in the spring of 2017


Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight


Eastern Shipbuilding Gets NTP with NYCDOT

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

 Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) has received Notice to Proceed (NPT) from The City of New York Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) for the detail design and construction of three new Staten Island-Ollis Class Ferries for the Staten Island Ferry Division.


Cross-Bay Ferry Again Posts Record Ridership

The Tampa Cross-Bay Ferry (Image: Tampa Cross-Bay Ferry)

In St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida, the fledglng trial of the Cross-Bay Ferry carried nearly 8,000 passengers during March and generated significant growth in ridership for both weekday and weekend service between Tampa and St. Petersburg.  


Nearly Half of Interlake Fleet Fit with Scrubbers

Photo: Interlake Steamship Company

The M/V Mesabi Miner has sailed from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., becoming Interlake Steamship Company’s fourth self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.    Interlake became the first U.S


US Coast Guard to Base 2 New Cutters in Astoria

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters News Release

 The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday it will homeport two of the service’s new Sentinel-Class 154-foot Fast Response Cutters (FRC) in Astoria, Oregon, starting in 2021.  These two ships have not yet been named, but the FRCs are named after enlisted Coast Guard personnel who


AMSOL Bags New Contracts

Photo: African Marine Solutions Group (AMSOL)

African Marine Solutions Group (AMSOL) has been awarded two recent milestone contracts following the acquisition of SMIT Amandla Marine in December 2016   AMSOL has been awarded a five-year contract by the South African Department of Transport to operate the standby tug utilized as


Cummins Introduces Mobile App

Cummins Guidanz Mobile App Improves Customer Uptime  (Photo: Cummins)

Without having to enter a service bay or wait for a technician to come on site, Cummins customers are now able to read prioritized engine fault codes and other key engine information within minutes wherever they are operating with the new Cummins Guidanz mobile app.






 
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