Piracy in Somali Basin Surges
According to a May 14 report from the Xinhua News Agency, The European Union (EU) naval force protecting shipping off Somalia said that the number of pirate ships operating between the Seychelles and the Somali coast has skyrocketed in the last three months. The EU force, along with NATO and others, has interrupted and dismantled over 60 pirate groups and processed roughly 400 suspected pirates in the last 12 weeks alone -- three times the number of piracy groups recorded last year according to an EU NAVFOR official. (Source: Xinhua News Agency)
Venezuelan Gov't Takes Control of Ports
According to a report from the Xinhua News Agency, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced on March 21 that the central government has taken over all the country's maritime ports and airports from local governments. (Source: Xinhua News Agency)
Crocs found on Ships
Chinese police tracking a vessel on a border river in southwest China reportedly received a big surprise when they allegedly found 270 crocodiles, Xinhua News Agency reported. According the the report, the seizure was the largest this year in Guangxi region. (Source: Xinhua News Agency)
China to Set up Hainan Free Trade Zone by 2020, Port by 2025
China aims to establish a free trade zone in Hainan by 2020 and will encourage multinationals to set up their international and regional headquarters in the province, state news agency Xinhua reported citing a government document. The guidance was jointly issued by the ruling Communist Party and State Council, Xinhua said. It comes after President Xi Jinping announced on Friday that the country would grant foreign firms greater economic freedom in the southernmost province. Known for its sandy beaches and resort-lined coast…
Ten Crew Missing as Cargo Ship Sinks off Shanghai
Ten crew members were missing after a cargo vessel collided with another vessel in Wusongkou anchorage at Shanghai, China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Centre. Three people had been rescued, and the search for missing crew members was continuing, Xinhua said. (Reporting by Ruby Lian and Ryan Woo; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
Chinese Shipyard Orders Plummet 47% in 2011
Chinese shipbuilding orders fell last year as global economic growth slowed, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing data from the National Development and Reform Commission. New orders dropped 47 percent to 33.69 million deadweight tonnes from January to November, Xinhua said.
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 hamper the operation, the report said, and the cause of the accident remains unknown. Source: Yonhap News
China: South China Sea Construction to Continue
China will not halt the construction of islands and reefs in the South China Sea, state media reported the head of China's navy saying on Monday. China will not leave outcroppings under construction half finished, state-run Xinhua news agency reported the admiral as saying. Reporting by Beijing Reuters monitoring team
Shell to Supply LNG to China in 20yr Deal
According to a report from Reuters, China's official Xinhua news agency said on Nov. 24 that Royal Dutch Shell Plc has agreed to sell an annual two million tonnes of liquefied natural gas to China in a 20-year deal,. The agreement was signed between the oil giant and PetroChina International Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PetroChina Co Ltd. (Source: Reuters)
Naptha Tanker Explodes at Southern China Port
An oil tanker carrying 3,400 tonnes of naphtha exploded during discharge at a southern Chinese port on Thursday and one person on board was missing, official Xinhua news agency reported. The rescue team said explosions occurred in the engine room as the tanker was discharging at Dongfang port in China's southernmost island province of Hainan. Reporting by Chen Aizhu
COSCO: Ships at Tianjin Port not Impacted
China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company said its ships anchored at Tianjin port were not affected by the blasts at a warehouse in the country's northeastern city last week, though some of its facilities in the area suffered varying levels of damage. China's largest shipping conglomerate, whose listed firms include China COSCO Holdings , said in an emailed statement on Monday that a few of its employees and their family members suffered minor injuries. The official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that the death toll from Wednesday's disaster rose to 112, while 95 people are missing. Reporting by Brenda Goh
China's Qingdao Port Probing Iron Ore Financing Fraud
China's Qingdao port said on Wednesday it is investigating whether iron ore warehouse receipts were fraudulently used multiple times to raise finance from different banks, Xinhua news agency reported. The probe is focussed on one trader with iron ore receipts, the Chinese news agency said. It follows a broad investigation earlier this year by Chinese authorities into the use of iron ore as collateral in financing deals. While Xinhua reported that the probe was limited to iron ore financing, trading and warehousing sources have told Reuters it was also looking at the suspected multiple use of copper and aluminium warehouse receipts to raise financing.
Dubai Group Interested in Albania Deepwater Port Project
Dubai companies have expressed their investment interest in the development of Albania's Durres Port and Shengjin Port, according to Xinhua News Agency. Albanian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Edmond Haxhinasto met with the chairman of the DP World group Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and the delegation accompanying him, reports Xinhua. The Dubai delegation during the two day stay in Albania will visit Durres Port and Shengjin Port. The Port of Durres, the biggest port of Albania…
China, Kazakhstan to Ink $10 bln in Deals
China is expected to sign 30 cooperative agreements worth $10 billion with Kazakhstan as Premier Li Keqiang begins his first official visit to the country, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Xinhua did not give details, but quoted Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping as highlighting a joint-venture logistics base and urging interconnectivity with highways, railways, ports, air routes, oil and gas pipelines. "The Sino-Kazakh cooperation is developing rapidly.
China Sells Ships Online
Chinese Maritime Court has sold five vessels of bankrupt Wenzhou Shipping, subsidiary of Zhejiang Shipping Group, through online auctions on Taobao.com for a a total price of $22.81m. The auctioned ships include 2011-built 57,000-dwt supramax bulker Zhe Hai 167, 2009-built 33,400-dwt handysize bulker Zhe Hai 162, 2009-built 23,500-dwt handysize bulker Zhe Hai 156 , a tugboat and an oil barge. Singapore-based company Varada One's vessel was auctioned off on online shopping platform Taobao for $11.7, Xinhua news agency reported. The VLCC Varada Blessing is 1993-built, 300,000 dwt tanker.
21 dead, 1 missing after tug sinks in Yangtze
Chinese authorities have confirmed that 21 people were killed and one is still missing after a tug boat undergoing sea trials sank in the Yangtze River, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The boat had 25 people on board when it sank on Thursday and three were rescued. Xinhua reported on Friday that seven or eight foreigners were on the boat, including citizens of Singapore and Japan. A French citizen may also have been among the missing. Sembcorp Marine Ltd…
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 sand in Caofeidian, an island of northern Hebei Province in the Bohai on February 20 this year and bad weather was blamed for the accident, the official said. All the victims are from central China's Hubei Province and four boat owners were also missing from the accident, Xinhua news agency reported.
China Condemns Vietnam Over Violent Riots
China 's Foreign minister condemned Vietnam in an Urgent Phone Call with the Southeast Asian Country's Deputy Prime minister over Anti-Chinese protests that have killed up to 21 people, the Official Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday. Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh in the Call on Thursday night that " Vietnam bears unshirkable Responsibility for the violent attacks against Chinese companies and nationals ", Said the report. China Also sent a working group, led by Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao , toVietnam on Thursday to Deal with the Aftermath of the Riots, Xinhua Said.
Four Die As Ship Sinks
Four people died and eight were missing after a cargo ship capsized in a river in China's eastern province of Zhejiang, an official said. Bad weather was hampering rescue efforts, the official said from Ningbo, where the ship capsized before sinking on Thursday. "Only five were rescued after the ship sank and one was slightly injured," he said. "We found four bodies and the search efforts are continuing." The official Xinhua news agency said the ship was carrying passengers in breach of regulations and capsized in gale force winds. It sank within five minutes, the news agency said. - (Reuters)
China's Ying Kou Port Group chairman sentenced to 14 years for bribery
The chairman of China's Ying Kou Port Group was sentenced to 14 years in prison for accepting around 26.8 million yuan ($3.86 million) in bribes, said the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday. President Xi Jinping has waged a widespread campaign to wipe out systemic corruption since he came to power in late 2012. Since 2002 Gao Baoyu, who was also the party secretary of Ying Kou, abused his position by accepting bribes for appointments, the agency said. The verdict, handed down by a court in the northern city of Anshan, was not appealed. Ying Kou and Gao could not be immediately reached for comment. On Friday, China's state prosecutor formally accused former deputy head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office Gong Qinggai with bribery and abuse of power, setting the stage for his trial.
China Braces for "Severe" Flooding on Yangtze River
Severe floods are expected on China's Yangtze River this year due to a strong El Nino weather pattern, state media said, raising the risk of deaths and damage to property and crops along the country's longest waterway. The El Nino conditions are the strongest since records collection began in 1951, and resemble a 1998 weather pattern that flooded the river and killed thousands, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday, citing vice minister of water resources, Liu Ning. "Precipitation in the upper…
China, Vietnam Agree to Manage South China Sea Spat
China and Vietnam pledged to manage maritime differences over the South China Sea and safeguard peace and stability. Communist Party chiefs of China and Vietnam agreed in Beijing on Thursday that two countries should expand cooperation in various fields including maritime exploration and put ties on the right track. According to the communique issued on Saturday, China and Vietnam had “a candid exchange of views” on maritime issues, Xinhua news agency reported. Both sides agreed…
Beijing Forced to Use Low-Sulfur Coal from August 1
Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday that Beijing from August 1 will be forced to use low-sulfur coal to help improve air quality in Beijing. Reported, citing the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Quality Supervision, said, according to the "low-sulfur coal and products" local standards to be implemented in Beijing, Beijing will be forced to use low-sulfur coal.The standard for the quality of coal in particular the relationship between environmental pollution and sulfur, volatile organic compounds and other indicators, strict control, some indicators than the national standard.