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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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China's Thermal Coal Futures Rally on Tight Import Policy

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Fujian, China, Ports Unfazed by Container Trade Dip

Port of Xiamen, in Fujian (located opposite Taiwan) lifted 2.06 million TEU from January to April this year, an increase of 11.82 per cent year on year, Xinhua reports. Overall cargo tonnage of the port grew 5.86 per cent to 52.33 million tonnes. In April, Xiamen handled 573,200 TEU, up 18.06 per cent year on year. The overall monthly tonnage increased 16.77 per cent to 15.48 million tonnes. During the first four months, Fujian's main seaport handled a total of 3.11 million TEU of containers, up 10 per cent. Cargo tonnage increased 16.7 per cent to 15.48 million tonnes. In the same period, another major port of Fujian, Fuzhou port, handled 538,400 TEU, up five per cent. Its throughput tonnage increased 13.2 per cent to 33.02 million tonnes.

ABB to Automate LNG Terminal in China

ABB has won a $4m contract to supply an Integrated Central Control System for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the Peoples Republic of China. The Fujian LNG Terminal & Trunkline Project will be owned and operated by CNOOC Fujian LNG Co. Ltd., a co-investment of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Fujian Investment and Development Corporation. Located in the city of Xiuyu, Fujian Province, in southeast China, the LNG regasification terminal will have an initial capacity of 2.6 million tons of LNG per year in Phase I. Expansion plans are already under way. The natural gas from the terminal will be provided to the gas fired power plant terminals, city industries, commercial and residential users along the coast.

Simplex-Turbulo to Represent Fujian Huadong Yard

Fujian Huadong shipyard (Photo courtesy of Simplex-Turbulo)

Simplex-Turbulo Co. Ltd. announced that it now represents three drydocks: Jurong (Singapore), Astander (Northern Spain) and the newest addition Fujian Huadong (China). A new shipyard built in 2011, the Fujian Huadong shipyard is located on the northern side of Fujian Luoyuan Bay, a sheltered deep-water port in China. It’s centrally positioned on the eastern seaboard of China, equidistant from Shanghai and Guangzhou and northwest of Taiwan, well placed for many of the most popular Asian sea routes.

Hong Kong Shipowner Issues Funds to Detained Vessel

Image: Hong Kong Shipowners Association

The owners of Five Stars Fujian have at last paid for much-needed supplies to the Hong Kong vessel, which has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority since August 12, reports local media. The Five Stars Fujian has been detained off the port of Gladstone in  by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after inspectors found the company had breached the Maritime Labour Convention over the insufficient food and unpaid wages for the Chinese crew. Local Australian media and Great Britain's Guardian newspaper reported earlier this week that the capsesize class coal carrier…

Pingtan Orders 25 Newbuild Fishing Vessels

Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd., a global fishing company based in the People's Republic of China (PRC), has announced that the company recently ordered 25 newly-built fishing vessels as a continuation of its fleet replacement plan. The vessels have received ratifications from the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China (MOA), which ensures that the licenses to fish in foreign waters will be transferred to the new vessels. The company will retire 25 of its older existing fishing vessels…

CSS Olympia Launched, Additional CSS Contracts Secured

Photo: STX Marine

STX Marine launched MAC Offshore’s Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS), CSS Olympia. The launch took place on the 28th March, 2013 at the LiyaPingtan Shipyard, in Fujian Province, China, managed by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding. The delivery of the vessel is due in November 2013 to CSS Olympia’s new owner Graal Invest of Brazil. MAC Offshore signed four additional CSS contracts to be constructed by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding with delivery between August 2014 and October 2015. STXM recently…

Two MacGregor Subsea Cranes Ordered for Chinese PSVs

Photo: MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a new contract from Chinese shipbuilder, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd., for two 100-metric-ton active heave-compensated subsea MacGregor cranes. The cranes will be fitted to two 86-meter multipurpose platform supply vessels (PSVs) under construction at the yard. Delivery of the cranes is scheduled for the end of September and October 2015. "A key quality of PSVs is that they are able to perform a wide variety of tasks effectively in demanding offshore environments.

China's Pingtan in Clear with Nasdaq

Dredging and Ocean Fishing listed firm Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Nasdaq: PME) confirms its continued listing & compliance with all quantitative listing requirements. Pingtan, a marine services company providing territorial sea fishing and dredging services in the People's Republic of China (PRC), has announced that the it has received a letter from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel (the "Panel") stating that it has concluded that the company has demonstrated compliance with all applicable listing requirements. Accordingly, the listing review has been closed. Pingtan's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Xinrong Zhou, stated, "We are very pleased with the recent ruling by Nasdaq and are focused on increasing shareholder value by continuing to grow our business…

Singapore Container Ship Casualty – China Cleans Up

An oil belt floating off the coast of southeast China's Fujian province has been mostly cleaned up from the Singapore-registered ship, Barelie which struck a nearby reef recently, local maritime authorities said. About five cubic meters of heavy oil and four tonnes of wastewater have been salvaged from the spill so far, with no new spills detected, according to the Fujian Maritime Rescue Center. Rescuers have unloaded 216 shipping containers from the ship, finding no dangerous goods inside, the center said, adding that container unloading and pollution control efforts are still under way. The Singapore-registered Bareli is aground near Jiangyin Port while on route from the city of Ningbo to the provincial capital of Fuzhou. All 21 of the ship's crew members have been rescued.

Ship Aground off China Coast – Offloading Containers

China Coast Casualty: Photo credit Xinhua

Singapore flag vessel m/v Bareli (35,881gt built 2004) is aground in Chinese waters having suffered hull damage. The crew has been rescued. The ship normally plies between ports in Africa and the Far East. The Fujian Maritime Rescue Center said that rescuers are working to retrieve the ship's fuel oil which has leaked into the sea, and they have called ship repair factories to send workers to help offload 1,913 containers loaded on the ship. The stranding ocurred near Jiangyin Port in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian Province.

Offshore 'Walk-to-Work' Contracts for Uptime

BSC CSS1: Photo Uptime International

Uptime International says it has entered into contracts with MAC Offshore Dubai and Fujian Mawei Shipyard China for delivery of three active motion compensated gangways. The first of these three gangways will be mounted early 2015 on their third Compact Semi Sub (CSS) maintenance vessel, which was designed by STX’s Vancouver office. The next two will be mounted on two new Motel Support Vessels to be built in 2015/2016. In order to ensure the POB access, the vessels have been upgraded with motion compensated gangways which…

MacGregor Delivers Load Handling for New Accommodation Vessels

Two sizes of MacGregor's offshore cranes have each been specified for Marine Assets Corporation's new series of four accommodation support vessels being built at Fujian Mawei shipyard in China. MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract that will see eight cranes fitted onboard a new series of four compact semi-submersible (CSS) offshore accommodation vessels for Marine Assets Corporation (MAC). Each vessel, under construction at Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd. in China, will feature a 60-ton and a 12-ton offshore MacGregor crane. Crane deliveries are scheduled to begin in August 2014 and finish by the end of February 2015.  

China Building LNG Networks

According to recent AFX News reports, China has started building two LNG networks along its southern coastline. China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) currently has two LNG projects under construction in the provinces Guangdong and Fujian, with an annual planned capacity of 7 million tons and 2.6 million tons, respectively. The Guangdong project is expected to be completed next year with the Fujian network to become operational in 2007, according to the report. CNOOC plans to build two 6 million ton LNG plants in the Zhejing province and in Shanghai, both scheduled to be operational in 2008. Source: AFX News

Indonesian Company to Buy LNG

State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina will be ready to buy 1.6 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Tangguh if China's Fujian Province decides to cut its imports, according to a China Broadcast reports. Fujian signed a long term contract with the Indonesian government in 2002 to import 2.6 million tons of LNG from Tangguh where an LNG plant is being built to be operational in 2008. Pertamina will be able to supply the LNG to Java for which it plans to build a gasification unit in East Java, according to the report. Pertamina will set aside $50 million to finance the construction of the gasification unit from which the gas will be distributed to industries in East Java and Central Java. East Java has been reported to be facing a shortage in gas supply.

Three Missing in Ship Collision in Fujian

Reports indicate that two fishing boats collided on Sunday and one of them sank, leaving three people missing so far in the Nanri Island sea area in east China's Fujian Province. On Sunday morning, a steel fishing boat of Shishi County collided with a wood boat of Putian City. The wood boat sank and five crew men fell into the sea. Two people were saved and the three others remain missing. The provincial search and rescue center and the maritime bureau of Quanzhou City had sent ships to rescue the missing people. Source: Xinhua

57 Missing After Ships Sink

At least 57 people are missing after two ships sank in high winds in the Taiwan Strait off southeast China, the state news agency said on Friday, according to a report on www.cbc.ca. Xinhua said the first ship, carrying 37 people, struck a reef near coastal Fujian province's Pingtan island late Thursday. The Fujian Maritime Safety Administration says the ship, headed for Indonesia, was fully loaded with aquatic products when strong winds carried it onto the reef. About two hours later, a fishing boat with 27 people sank near Pingtan island. Three people were rescued, but the rest are missing.

CSS Olympia Delivered

CSS Olympia

STX Marine (STXM) announced that Gran Energia took delivery of the Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) Olympia from MAC Offshore. STXM and partners in CSS Designs Ltd. developed the CSS design over the past five years, and said this delivery, will change the long term landscape of the Offshore Vessel market. Built by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding in Fujian Province, China, the CSS Olympia has a length of 84.25m. with an overall capacity of 500 people. The primary function of the Olympia is to act as a floating accommodation unit for rig personnel.

Brazil's GranEnergia Receive Unusual DP-3 Accommodation Vessel

CSS 'Olympia': Image courtesy of STXM

STX Marine (STXM), which split off from the STX Corporation in 2011, say they partnered with CSS Designs Ltd. for 5 years to develop the ground breaking Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) design of the 'Olympia' which they believe will change the long term landscape of the offshore vessel market. The primary function of the Olympia is to act as a floating accommodation unit for rig personnel. The vessel has a DP-3 rating and will remain connected to an offshore facility via a telescopic gangway system.

China holds Maritime Silk Road seminar

Photo by China.org

A two-day international seminar on beefing up maritime trade infrastructure in Asia opened on Wednesday in southeast China's Quanzhou City in Fujian Province. Since Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in his speech in the Indonesian parliament in October 2013, the initiative has drawn the attention of the international community. Over 280 academics and experts from 30 countries have been invited to discuss proposals to build a "21st Century Maritime Silk Road".

Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Bags Ocean Tankers Order for Six Vessels

Photo: Ocean Tankers

Ocean Tankers, the provider oil tanker shipping and chartering services to oil companies and trading houses, has ordered six handy-sized tankers to be built at the Chinese shipbuilding facility Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, said a report in Reuters. The report said that the Singapore based tanker company has placed the order for an undisclosed sum as the company renews and expands its fleet and ships are expected to be delivered by 2020. The order is for 23,500-deadweight tonne (dwt) tankers that can carry crude, clean or dirty oil products, to be delivered in stages by the end of the decade.

Australia Bans Bulk Carrier for 12 Months

Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier Five Stars Fujian has been banned from Australian ports for 12 months once it was discovered that the vessel lacked sufficient provisions for its intended voyage and the crew had not been paid in several months. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued the ban after detaining the vessel August 12. The vessel has been at anchor off Gladstone since July when it was arrested by the Federal Court over a commercial matter. “The crew of the Five Stars Fujian have been forsaken off the Australian coast for over two months, with limited supplies and thousands of dollars of unpaid wages,” said AMSA General Manager of Ship Safety Allan Schwartz.

China issues alert for second typhoon in a week

China is bracing for its second typhoon in a week after the government issued a "yellow alert" for Typhoon Malakas on Saturday, just as southeastern provinces continue to clean up after an earlier, stronger storm, state news agency Xinhua reported. Malakas will be the 16th storm of this year's typhoon season, coming after Typhoon Meranti made landfall in Fujian province on Thursday. That storm killed at least 11 people in China and Taiwan and cut power to more than a million homes. Ahead of landfall, Meranti drew a "red alert" in China's warning system for severe weather that ranks red as most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

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