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Monday, October 23, 2017

China's First

Chinese Yards to Build More LNG Tankers

Chinese shipbuilders are gearing up to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers as the government approves more projects to import the fuel. China's first home-built LNG tanker will be completed in November by Shanghai's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co, which has orders for three more at about $200 million apiece. Another three Chinese shipmakers are ready to build the tankers, the most complex and expensive type of cargo carrier. Next month, China will receive its first cargo of LNG in Guangdong from Australia amid plans to double gas use by 2010 to curb coal pollution. The country is developing its domestic shipbuilding industry to secure transportation of imported raw materials for the expanding economy. China's shipyards plan to double capacity by 2010 as they compete with rivals in South Korea and Japan for market share. Shipowners spent $71.5 billion on new vessels last year, 6.3 percent less than in 2004, as record prices curbed orders for container ships, dry-bulk carriers and tankers. (Source: Bloomberg)

CNOOC Pairs with Husky to Explore Deep Water Oil

CNOOC Ltd.’s unlisted parent company plans to start deep water oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea with Canada's Husky Energy Inc. next year, according to AP report. If the scheduled exploration finds sizable reserves in a bloc in the South China Sea about 185 miles south of Hong Kong, it will be China's first deep water oil and gas field. CNOOC's parent company is currently restricted to pumping oil and gas offshore at no deeper than 350 m

ROC Navy to Have First Female Warship Captain

A young naval officer will soon become the Republic of China's first female warship captain after completing a series of stringent training and grueling tests. Naval Lt. Commander Hsieh Ai-chieh, 30, will set a precedent in the Navy of the Republic of China to lead the 500-ton domestically-developed Chinchiang-class auxiliary warship. Hsieh, growing up in central Changhua County, passed her opportunity to enter one of the top universities in 1944.

Chinese Ship Sales Legally To Taiwan

More than half a century of family division ended in hugs and tears of joy on Tuesday after the first mainland Chinese ship to sail legally to Taiwan since 1949 arrived at the heavily-fortified island of Quemoy. The China-registered Gulangyu, or Piano Island, docked to be welcomed by the sounds of gongs, drums and firecrackers, in another sign of rapprochement efforts between the long-term adversaries. Aboard the passenger ferry were 80 elderly Quemoy natives stranded on the mainland since

China Chooses Xian as Nation's First International Hub Port

China logistic network: Schematic courtesy of Xian Hinterland International Transit

Shaanxi province plans to build China's first hinterland international intermodal transit hub port to link the overland international freight route [see map] which they dub a new 'silk road', reports Xinhua. The proposed Xian Hinterland International Transit Hub Port will focus on international logistics transit business and develop itself into a strategic pivot offering services between China's east coastal and western regions.

China lends Argentina $7.5 bln for Power, Rail Projects

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping,

  Argentina signed deals on Friday to borrow $7.5 billion from China at a time when the Latin American country cannot tap global capital markets because of disputes over unpaid debt. Among the deals signed, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed on a loan for $4.7 billion from the China Development Bank for the construction of two hydroelectric dams in Patagonia

China Province Starts Taiwan Direct Shipping Route

North China's Hebei Province recently opened the first direct cargo route to Taiwan when a cargo of 36,000 tonnes of coal left Qinghuadao Port for Taiwan Direct trade routes between China & Taiwan have been frozen for a number of years. The Wuxing 6 bulk carrier left Qinghuadao Port, China's largest coal transfer port, for the Taitung and Kaohsiung ports in Taiwan, Tuesday marking the first cargo shipment between Hebei and Taiwan.

China's First LNG-powered Tugs to Have Wärtsilä Engines

Wärtsilä 34DF Engine: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä to supply dual fuel main engines for two environmentally sustainable tugs being built by China National Offshore Oil Corp subsidiary The tugs are being built for CNOOC Energy Technology & Services Limited (CETS), a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC). The vessels are the first in a planned series to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), and will be the first tugs in China ever to be operated on gas

SINOPACIFIC’s Design SPP17A Secures First Order from Mexico

SINOPACIFIC’s In-house Design SPP17A Secures First Order from Mexico

  Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group (SINOPACIFIC), has recently signed a contract with a Mexican shipping company, Naviera Petrolera Integral S.A. de C.V. for the construction of 3 (three) SPP17A vessels. All vessels will be built in SINOPACIFIC’s Zhejiang Shipyard and are expected to be delivered before the end of 2015. Following that, the new vessels will be used by PEMEX, Mexico’s largest governmental owned oil company

China's Q1 Trade with N.Korea up Despite Sanctions

China's trade with North Korea rose in the first quarter in spite of tough new international sanctions this year targeting Pyongyang's banned nuclear program, including curbs on coal imports.   Imports from the isolated country, consisting mainly of coal and clothes, rose 10.8 percent from a year earlier, customs spokesman Huang Songping said on Wednesday.   China's exports to North Korea in the first quarter rose 14

APL Adds Eagle GO to Suite of Eagle Guaranteed Services

Photo: APL

 As the Trans-Pacific trading season heats up, APL today launched the new Eagle GO Guaranteed product. A first-of-its-kind ocean freight guarantee, it promises equipment and vessel space on board all APL’s North America-destined services that directly call Shanghai, Ningbo and Yantian in China; as well as Cai Mep in Vietnam.   “APL’s Eagle GO Guaranteed seeks to address the concerns of equipment and vessel space shortages as the Trans-Pacific trading season goes

Yamal LNG to Ship Two LNG Cargoes in November

(File photo: PAO Sovcomflot)

The Russian Yamal LNG project will ship the first two cargoes of liquefied natural gas in November, followed by another four in December, Russia's customs service said on Tuesday.   The Yamal LNG project is co-owned by local Russian gas producer Novatek, as well as France's Total, China's CNPC and the Silk Road Fund.   Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva 

UTLC Launches Service from China to Europe

Photo: Port of Hamburg

 Russia's JSC United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC) jointly with KTZ-Express launched a new transport product for the delivery of non-hazardous chemical goods in tank containers from China to Europe as part of the regular container service U West (Dostyk-Brest).   The first train, consisting of 82 twenty-foot tank containers, loaded with butylene glycol produced by XINJIANG MARKOR CHEMICAL INDUSTRY, departed from Korla Station (China).   

APL Launches New Korea China Straits Service

Photo: APL

 APL announced the launch of a new Korea China Straits (KCS) service that will serve the key Asian markets of China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.    The weekly service will link Nansha in South China to the Straits of Singapore and Port Klang as well as Indonesia; offer superior transit between Indonesia and Manila; and call Lianyungang in Jiangsu where few carriers provide access to.  

Shipbuilding: China Races Ahead of South Korea

Photo: China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC)

 Shipyards in China have surpassed  South Korea again in terms of receiving the most orders for new ships and platforms, while fierce battle for the number one position in shipbuilding orders continues.   China ranked first globally with 195 vessel orders, while South Korea was second with 104 during the first eight months of this year, Yicai Global reported citing Clarkson Research Services.  

Two New Shipping Lines to Hamad

Photo: Hamad Port

 Two new maritime lines are launched from Hamad Port which will enhance Qatar’s trade connections with various ports in China, India, Malaysia, Turkey and Greece, among other countries.   Qatar News Agency (QNA)  said that both lines will run on a weekly basis.    The first line starts in the Mediterranean and will be serviced by with four ships, with a total capacity of 6,000 containers including 400 reefer containers.   

MTCC-Asia is Up and Running

 Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Maritime administrators from over 20 countries across Asia have gathered at the first regional event of Asia’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC-Asia) to discuss ways to bring shipping into a low carbon future.   More than 50 participants joined representatives from the EU and IMO at the Shanghai Maritime University (18-22 September) to discuss national priorities and barriers relating to topics such as greenhouse gas control

China Launches World's Largest Bulk Carrier

Ore Tianjin. Image courtesy: New China TV

 China launched world's largest bulk carrier 'Ore Tianjin' in the port city Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, reported China Daily.   The mammoth ore ship, built by the Wuhan subordinate of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), can carry 400,000 metric ton deadweight (DWT). It will go into service for ore transportation between China and Brazil upon delivery, which is expected in April 2018.  

China Workshop Discusses Oil Pollution Response

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Current research and technical developments in oil spill preparedness and response were in the spotlight at a major seminar in Tianjin, China (20-21 September).    The International Oil Spill Response Technical Seminar brought together over 150 representatives of national government, oil industry and oil spill response companies.   International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Colleen O’Haghan presented on the Organization’s International Convention on

LNG Carrier CESI Tianjin Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project

At the naming and delivery ceremony on September 26. First from right in front row: MOL Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer Takeshi Hashimoto. Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  announced that the LNG carrier CESI Tianjin, which was ordered by the joint venture of MOL, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), was delivered at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on September 26.   The CESI Tianjin is the fourth vessel to serve the LNG transport project for SINOPEC announced in April 2013

CSSC to Restructure

File Photo:  China State Shipbuilding Corporation

 The primary contractor for China's naval force China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is preparing a major asset reorganization involving its two subsidiaries, reported China Daily.   The companies have halted stock trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange The announcement said that whether the reforms take place would be decided in the next 10 trading days.   CSSC Holdings Ltd and CSSC Offshore and Marine Engineering Co Ltd both acted upon the notices from their parent company

MOL LNG Carrier Rescues Castaways

LNG Carrier Papua. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that on September 18, the MOL-operated LNG carrier Papua safely rescued four yachtsmen off Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.   Details of the rescue are as follows: In the afternoon of September 17, the Papua received a distress relay message from the Australian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres, while underway toward the Port of Qingdao in China from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.   

Chinese Demand Ensures Asian LNG Rally Has Legs

© Altin Osmanaj / Adobe Stock

Unexpectedly strong demand from China, along with rising oil and coal prices, should keep Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot levels buoyant this winter.   Despite rising supplies from new plants, spot prices have risen by 55 percent from their 2017 lows to $8.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) as Asian buyers also refilled summer stocks.   With the peak demand October-March winter gas season almost underway, further price gains are expected.  

The Switch Partners with Shipbuilder CSIC

(Photo: The Switch)

Drive train technology specialist The Switch has become one of the first foreign companies to sign a partnership agreement with Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).   On Monday, September 11, The Switch entered into a strategic partnership agreement with CSIC/711, which operates under the direct jurisdiction of CSIC as the sole R&D institute of marine diesel engines in China.  

APL Pioneers 100 Years of Shipping in the Philippines

Photo: APL

 In celebration of its 100th anniversary in the Philippines, APL today renewed its commitment to keep pioneering shipping solutions for the development of the Philippines’ shipping industry.    Part of APL’s plan is to identify local partnerships to extend its reach to more outports in the Philippines, facilitate trading by opening new service routes and keep engaging industry stakeholders for the development of the sector.  

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