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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


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


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


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


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


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


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.  


Focus On China: Refineries, Pipelines And Vessel Supply

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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


Viking Line Inks Shipbuilding Deal with Xiamen

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Finland based Viking Line said it has signed a conditional contract with Chinese shipyard Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. for the construction of a new passenger cruise ship for delivery in 2020.   A final agreement is subject to the approval of the board of directors of both parties


Global Deliveries Sending Out Mixed Signals

Graph: Clarkson Research Services Limited

 Despite the shipbuilding industry being under great pressure, global deliveries have exhibited some resilience and increased in 2015 and 2016 in dwt terms, says a report by Clarksons Research.   However, due to the multi-cyclical nature of shipping


New Horizons: Cruise Industry Challenges & Solutions for 2017

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Approximately 130 million Chinese citizens travel internationally, making China the world’s largest outbound travel market in the world. With one-sixth of the world’s population, many recognize this country as a market with huge potential.  


Norway First to Ratify Hazardous Cargo Treaty

Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, hands over the instrument of ratification of the 2010 HNS Protocol to Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO. (Photo: IMO)

Norway has become the first country to become a contracting state to a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship.   The International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and


Shanghai Grapples with Traffic Congestion

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The world's busiest container port, Yangshan in China's business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say.  


Piraeus Targets Cruise Sector

File Image: Ferries in passenger port in Piraeus, Athens, Greece. CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) AnastasiiaUsoltceva

Piraeus Port, Greece's largest, aims to increase its cruise traffic from 1 million passengers a year up to 1.5 million in the short-term and to 3 million long-term, its managing director, Fu Cheng Qiu, said on Friday.   COSCO Shipping


China Iron Ore Imports Drive Bulker Demand

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Chinese iron ore imports will continue to be a key driver for the demand growth in the dry bulk shipping industry for 2017, alongside shipping of grains. This is emphasized by an accumulated growth rate for Q1-2017 of 9.5 percent compared to the same quarter of 2016, according to BIMCO


Stena Imagination Named in Dubai

Carl-Johan Hagman, Chairman of the Board, Stena Bulk; Jin Lichao, Vice President, GCI; Godmother Lourdes Torgersen, Jan Torgersen, Zhang Dalei, Deputy Director of European Department, CSTC; Li Hongmei, Deputy Director of Business Development, GSI; Erik Hånell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk. (Photo: Silverbullet)

The MR tanker Stena Imagination was named in the Port Rashid Terminal in the heart of Dubai.   According to Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk and CEO of Stena Weco, “Naming the Stena Imagination in Dubai is very much a strategic choice


Eleven Missing after Bulker Sinks off Crimean Coast

A cargo ship heading from Russia to Turkey sunk off the coast of Crimea early on Wednesday morning and 11 of the crew are missing, Crimea's emergency situations ministry said.   It said that the Panama-flagged vessel 'Geroi Arsenala' had sent an SOS signal when it was located 14 nautical


Sovcomflot Holds PDVSA Oil Hostage over Debts

Venezuela's state-run oil company, PDVSA, sent a tanker in October to the Caribbean with the expectation that its cargo of crude would fetch about $20 million - money the crisis-stricken nation desperately needs.   Instead, the owner of the tanker


China Hands Over Third Patrol Ship to Pakistan

Pic: Mercantile Marine Department,  Ministry of Ports and Shipping

 China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, PTI reported.   The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd


First Ocean Vessel of 2017 Arrives at Port of Indiana

Photo: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The first ocean vessel of the year arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor marking the official opening of the international shipping season. Port officials welcomed the 413-foot general cargo carrier BBC Mont Blanc and presented the captain with the Ports of Indiana Steel Stein.


Somali Forces Clash With Pirates, Free Indian Ship Crew

Somali security forces clashed with pirates early on Wednesday and freed nine seamen kidnapped on an Indian cargo ship this month, officials said. The pirates seized the dhow Al Kausar off Somalia's coast, part of a surge of attacks after years without a reported incident.


North Korean Coal Ships Sail Home after China Denies Cargo

A fleet of North Korean cargo ships is heading home to the port of Nampo, the majority of it fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal from the isolated country, shipping data shows.   Following repeated missile tests that drew international criticism


Somali Security Captures 10 Pirates

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Somali forces who have surrounded pirates holding hostages taken from an Indian ship secured the surrender of 10 members of the band on Tuesday and enlisted the parents of the other three to persuade them to give up, officials said.  






 
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