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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

China Cosco Shipping Corporation News

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Two Mega Box Ships Call Abu Dhabi

CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, a container terminal built and operated by China's COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (CSP) at Khalifa Port in partnership with Abu Dhabi Ports, has received two of the world’s largest mega-vessels within less than a month - cementing Abu Dhabi’s position as a global maritime hub.The ships – MV. COSCO SHIPPING SOLAR and PISCES – are the third and fourth main line vessels to pass through CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal since it started trial operations in April 20, 2019. They follow the arrival of MV.

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OOIL, JD, Cosco JV for Logistics

Gold Talent, Cosco Shipping Logistics and JD Logistics  entered into a cooperation agreement to jointly invest in online logistics platform EShipping through a joint venture (JV) formation.Gold Talent is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based logistics major Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL). Cosco Shipping Logistics is an affiliate of Chinese state-owned Shipping and logistics services supplier company China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited. JD Logistics…

HH Sheikh Hamed attends opening of the CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal at Khalifa Port 3 (Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

CSP, Abu Dhabi Ports Partner

COSCO SHIPPING Ports and Abu Dhabi Ports inaugurated CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal at Khalifa Port; positioning Abu Dhabi as the regional hub for COSCO’s global network of 36 ports and further connecting the Emirate to the major trade hubs along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The deepwater, semi-automated container terminal includes the largest Container Freight Station (CFS) in the Middle East, covering 275,000 square meters. It offers facilities for full and partial bonded container shipments…

Tung Chee Chen. Photo: Orient Overseas (International) Limited

COSCO-OOIL Merger Has Great Synergy: Xu, Tung

The merger of Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL) and COSCO Shipping Holdings offers can effectively combine the respective strengths of both and optimize our global network, thereby achieving greater economies of scale and synergies,  incoming Chairman of OOIL, Captain Xu Lirong, said commenting on the deal.This transaction is a common choice for both sides to follow the development trend of container shipping industry and realize sustainable development, he added."I…

China COSCO Shipping, Executive Vice President, Sun Jiakang (first from left) PAO Novatek, Chairman of the Management Board Leonid Mikhelson (second from left) Director of the National Energy Administration of China, Nur Bekri (fourth from left) Minister of Energy of Russia, Alexander Novak (fourth from right) CNPC, Board Director, President, Zhang Jianhua (third from right) MOL, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Takeshi Hashimoto (first from right). Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier Vladimir Rusanov First Call at PetroChina LNG Jiangsu Terminal

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that the Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier "Vladimir Rusanov", which is jointly owned by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited for the Yamal LNG project, made its first call at PetroChina LNG Jiangsu Terminal in China on 17 July.A ceremony celebrating this milestone was held on 19 July.At the end of March 2018, the vessel started transportation services for LNG produced by the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta port in Russia. For its latest voyage…

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"Vladimir Rusanov" Completes First Eastern Transit

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that the Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier "Vladimir Rusanov", which is jointly owned by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation, has successfully arrived at the Bering Strait. The vessel carried out a LNG loading operation in the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta port, before sailing for the Far East via the Northern Sea Route on 25 June. The vessel safely arrived at the Bering Strait on 6 July, and is planning to call Jiangsu Rudong port in China for an unloading operation of its LNG cargo.

CESI Lianyungang. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

LNG Carrier CESI Lianyungang Delivered

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced the delivery of the LNG carrier CESI Lianyungang, which was ordered by the joint venture of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (CCSC) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Hudong) on May 31. The CESI Lianyungang is the sixth vessel in the China LNG Transportation Project announced in April 2013, and will sail under a long-term charter transporting LNG that SINOPEC purchases from the Australia Pacific LNG Project.

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China Rolls-out World's Second-Largest Ore Carrier

The second-largest ore carrier in the world was officially named Yuanhehai and delivered to China Ore Shipping, affiliated with China Cosco Shipping Corporation, in Shanghai, the state media reported. The 400,000-dwt mega ship, which is 362 meters long, 65 meters wide and 30.4 meters high, was delivered almost a year after the deal was made in 2016, China News Service reported. The Yuanhehai is the second-generation very large ore carrier (VLOC) designed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Company. The delivery was the first ship of the second-generation VLOC.

Left: Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier Vladimir Rusanov, Right: Yamal LNG Project Trading Routes. Photo: MOL

Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier for Yamal LNG Project Named Vladimir Rusanov

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that on December 21, a naming ceremony for an ice-breaking LNG carrier, which was jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping), was held at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering  (DSME). As a crowd of VIPs and personnel related to the project looked on, the newbuilding vessel was named the "Vladimir Rusanov" by Ms. Veronika Makeeva of PAO Novatek, the major shareholder of the Yamal LNG project. The name is derived from Russian Arctic explorer and geologist.

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Cosco Shipping Bids for Cogent

Cosco Shipping International has issued formal offer documents for its S$1.02 per share bid to privatise Cogent Holdings, reported Business Times. Cosco said that acceptances of the offer must be received no later than 5.30pm on Jan 5. Cosco Shipping had announced on Nov 3 that it is acquiring and privatising Cogent for S$488.07 million. Cosco Shipping had announced on Nov 3 that it is acquiring Cogent for S$488.07 million. The report quoted Cosco Shipping as saying that the rationale for the acquisition is to acquire control in one of Singapore's leading full service…

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

LNG Carrier CESI Tianjin Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project

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, and will sail under a long-term charter contract to transport LNG that SINOPEC will purchase from the Australia Pacific LNG Project.

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APM Terminals to Divest Zeebrugge Stake

APM Terminals and Hong Kong-based COSCO SHIPPING Ports, a subsidiary of China COSCO Shipping Corporation, have reached an agreement on the key terms of the proposed sale of APM Terminals’ 76% majority shareholding in the existing APM Terminals Zeebrugge container terminal to COSCO SHIPPING Ports. The acquisition will bring COSCO SHIPPING Ports’ shareholding in the 1 million TEU annual capacity terminal in Belgium’s second-busiest container port to 100%. As part of the transaction…

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COSCO Ports and CMA Terminals Join Forces

Cosco Shipping Ports  has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CMA Terminals Holding in Shanghai. The two parties have agreed to seek cooperation in ports worldwide and preference will be given to ports that the Ocean Alliance calls. Meanwhile, both sides have also agreed to provide support in terms of business and service to the ports that the other side has already invested. Zhang Wei, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Cosco Shipping  Ports and Farid Salem, Executive Officer of CMA CGM Group signed the MOU in the presence of  Huang Xiaowen…

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OOIL, COSCO Deny Deal Rumors

China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited (Cosco Shipping) and Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL)  denied reports that they are in negotiations for Cosco Shipping to take over OOIL subsidiary Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL). Rumors about a deal for OOCL have grown over recent months, amid market consolidation and shake-up as the industry struggles to recover from a slump in freight rates linked to a glut of ships and slowing Chinese economic growth, reports Reuters. OOIL has denied knowledge of any potential bid for its container shipping business OOCL.

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

COSCO Ports Arm Inks Terminal Deal in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a container terminal concession agreement with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited - Abu Dhabi (CSPL SPV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of container terminal operator COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, a subsidiary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited. The event was held in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, Zheng Chiping, Deputy Director of the foreign investment department of the National Development and Reform Commission of PRC and Wan Min…

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More Chinese Ships to Use Arctic Route

China will send more ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, says the state news agency Xinhua. The world's largest maritime carrier China COSCO Shipping Corporation will send more cargo vessels on Arctic voyages through the Northeast Passage. COSCO's freighter Yongsheng set out Saturday in northern port city of Tianjin for Britain. The ship will travel through the Arctic Ocean shipping route for the third time following voyages in 2015 and 2013…

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CSCL to Change Name to Cosco Shipping Development

China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) has proposed to change its name to Cosco Shipping Development Co (CSDC), in line with the company’s future business strategy and as a group member of China Cosco Shipping Corporation (Coscocs). "China Shipping Container Lines Co., Ltd. Board of Directors hereby announces that, in view of the Major asset restructuring program the company has been related to the motion of the Company and in February 1, 2016 the first meeting of 2016 Extraordinary General Meeting…

Maersk Mc_Kinney Moller (Photo courtesy Maersk)

Maersk Fights to Stay on top as Containership Downturn Deepens

Denmark's Maersk Line is fighting to remain the world's no.1 container shipping carrier as a wave of mergers and acquisitions, particularly in Asia, creates new challengers trying to grab a bigger share of a depressed market. Maersk itself hasn't made a major acquisition for more than a decade but says it might be open to "the right opportunity", although doubters believe such deals risk accumulating ships without securing enough customers. A unit of oil and shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk , the line has a 15 percent share of the overall container market.

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COSCO Rolls Out Shipping Financial Platform

China COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd (China COSCO Shipping) officially  inaugurated the company “COSCO shipping Financial Holdings Limited (COSCO shipping Financial) in Hong Kong. It was former China Shipping (Hong Kong) Holdings, reports Sinocast. The formation of Cosco Shipping Financial followed the completion of the merger between China Cosco Group and China Shipping Group in February this year to become Coscocs. COSCO Shipping Financial Holdings, together with China Shipping Container Lines, will form a financial holding platform of China COSCO Shipping Corporation.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras(1st L) meets with China COSCO Shipping Chairman Xu Lirong(2nd R) . Photo: Xinhua

China's Acquisition of Piraeus Port a Booster for Greek Economy?

Greece has formally signed an agreement to sell a 67% stake in the Port of Piraeus to Chinese shipping company China Cosco Holding Co. Under the deal, COSCO, the fourth-largest container shipping firm and second-largest port operator in the world, will pay the cash-strapped country 368.5 million euros (418.8 million U.S. dollars), and also promises to invest another 350 million euros (398.9 million dollars) over the next decade in infrastructure work at the port. In five years of operation…

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COSCO orders 10 Valemaxes from CSSC

China Cosco Shipping Group has inked a contract with China State Shipbuilding Corp to build 10 valemaxes. The contract was signed on Thursday. The giant bulk carriers will all be constructed at CSSC’s flagship yard, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, CCSG said in a press release. A report in Xinhua says that all 10 very large ore carriers (VLOC)  will be 400,000-tonnes. The order is to meet a long-term transportation service agreement that COSCO signed with Brazilian miner Vale on March 18.

Valemax vessels. Photo: Vale

Chinese Shippers Order for 30 Valemax Vessels

The Chinese shipping companies - Chinese shipping majors Cosco Group, China Merchants Group and ICBC Financial Leasing Co- ordered 30 Valemaxes worth a combined $2.5 billion for delivery starting from 2018, deployed on Brazil-China trade routes, reports WSJ. The vessels will bosst the trade between China and Brazil and also will invest billions of dollars into delaying shipbuilding industry in the country. The vessel will be employed on Brazil-China trade routes, boosting the import of Vale iron ore in China.

Rodolphe Saadé, Vice-Chairman and member of the CMA CGM Group. Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM Confirms Alliance Talks

CMA CGM Vice-Chairman Rodolphe Saadé confirmed talks between the French container shipping line and potential partners regarding the future of its alliances, says WSJ. "We are discussing with the new China Shipping Group, but we also discuss with others," he says. Saadé did not give any specifics of the firm’s talks. But as reported by MarineLink (See CMA CGM - COSCO Mega Alliance to Shake-up the Industry?) quoting Alphaliner, CMA CGM was discussing a mega-alliance with the newly merged Chinese line COSCOCS, Taiwan's Evergreen and Hong Kong-based OOCL.

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Bulk shippers hit by perfect storm as global economic doldrums take toll

Off the coast of a nearly deserted island below the southern tip of Hong Kong, at least 10 massive ships that normally carry hundreds of thousands of tons of coal or iron ore lie idle near one of the world's busiest sea routes. These empty vessels paint a grim picture for the dry bulk shipping business that veterans of the industry say is grappling with an unprecedented crisis of too many ships and not enough cargoes. The hollow boats underscore the global economic doldrums that policymakers are struggling to overcome. "This is the worst we have seen in recent times.

Ocean Three alliance. Image: Drewry

CMA-CGM and Cosco Alliance in the Offing?

The newly-formed shipping giant China Cosco Shipping Corporation and CMA CGM met recently in Shanghai to discuss the possibility of a new French-Asian alliance, say local Chinese media. According to sources,  the alliance would also include Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL). If it happens it would be shake-up the present structure of maritime alliances of container companies. China Cosco Shipping Corporation - which is made up of Cosco and CSCL - is likely to own 832 ships including containers, dry-bulk vessels and tankers amounting to almost $22 billion.