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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Fujian News

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Fujian Shipbuilding Terminates Nautilus’ Shipbuilding Contract

Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding has canceled the construction contract for the Nautilus Minerals’ Production Support Vessel (PSV), a part of the Nautilus’ Solwara 1 project located offshore Papua New Guinea. "We have been notified by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, the owner of the shipyard where Nautilus’ PSV is being built, that the Shipyard has rescinded the shipbuilding contract between the Shipyard and MAC Goliath, the contractor engaged by Nautilus to procure the construction of the PSV on behalf of Nautilus," said a press release from the company.

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China Busts Gangs Smuggling Scrap Steel

Customs in China's southeastern Fujian province broke up five gangs smuggling scrap steel in a late-night operation on Monday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.A total of 28 criminal suspects were held in Xiamen, Quanzhou and other cities in the coordinated operation, in which 3,237 tonnes of scrap steel was seized.The gangs had been buying the scrap in China, the world's biggest steel producer, since 2017 and sending it to Southeast Asian countries, Xinhua said.Amount of scrap smuggled was put at around 50,000 tonnes, worth some 78 million yuan ($12.2 million), as gangs sought to cash

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China's Thermal Coal Futures Rally on Tight Import Policy

China's most-active thermal coal futures jumped 2.9 percent on Monday, marking the biggest gain since August 2017, as concerns of tightening the import policy dampened outlook for foreign coal supplies ahead of summer.Coal futures prices ended at 570 yuan per tonne after touching a two-week high of 578.8 yuan per tonne earlier in the session.Futures rallied as traders took cues from a wider ban on coal imports after some ports in Fujian province put a temporary halt on them."Our company received instructions that Chuanshan anchorage under Ningbo port has banned docking by any vessel, which car

A January 26 satellite image shows sea ice in Northern China (Photo: China’s National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center)

Sea Ice Could Disrupt Shipping in Northern China

A unit of China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) on Friday issued a blue alert for sea ice in a key port area in the north of the country, potentially disrupting commodities shipments, as temperatures in the region plummet. Sea ice in the Liaodong Bay, the northern arm of China's Bohai Sea, now extends 67 nautical miles (124 km) from the shoreline, the North China Sea Marine Forecasting Center said in an 0700 GMT alert. Ice also extends 18 nautical miles out in the northern part of the Yellow Sea, the Center said.

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Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Bags Ocean Tankers Order for Six Vessels

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…

VOS Challenge Photo Vroon

VOS Challenge joins Vroon Fleet

VOS Challenge has been delivered to Vroon according to the company spokesman. The vessel left Fujian Southeast Shipyard (FSES) in Fuzhou, China on Thursday 23 June at the start of her journey to Thailand, where she will be delivered to charterers PTTEP. VOS Challenge, a 65m anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel, is the first in an exciting new series of six such vessels under construction at the Shipyard for Vroon. She is a KCM 65m vessel, designed by Khiam Chuan Marine. Vroon’s Performance and Engineering Department worked closely together with KCM to enhance vessel capabilities.

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VOS Sugar First Charter

The newest addition to Vroon’s fleet, subsea-support vessel (SSV) VOS Sugar, recently started work in the BARD Offshore 1 Offshore Wind Farm (OWF). The vessel is supporting dive operations and maintenance work on wind-turbine foundations for clients NDE Offshore. NDE Offshore, a Sweden-based provider of subsea services, will conduct a combined topside and subsea campaign for the first time. The campaign comprises of underwater inspections, services and installation as well as inspection and service of transition pieces.

CNOOC's LNG imports. Photo:Xinhua

China's CNOOC Expands Fujian LNG Terminal

China's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer CNOOC has started building two storage tanks at a receiving terminal in Fujian province for the super-chilled fuel, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The new tanks are part of a plan to increase the receiving capacity at the terminal in the southeast coastal province to 6.3 million tonnes a year, Xinhua said. The tanks are each able to store 160,000 m3 of LNG are part of a $3.7 billion in LNG projects that the Fujian government plans for the province to supply city gas to Fuxhou, Putian, Quanzhour, Xiamen and Zangzhou.

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COSCO Readies Livestock Carrier for Vroon

Vroon Offshore Services, a Dutch offshore shipping company, has announced that the launching took place last week at COSCO Guangdong Shipyard,China of Gudali Express. The vessel is the seventh and last newbuilding livestock carrier to be built for Vroon at this shipyard. The 68-meter subsea support vessel is the second of two such vessels built at Fujian, China. Six newbuilding livestock carriers have already been delivered to the company by COSCO, all of which are trading successfully.

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China's Maritime Economy Expands by 8 Pct Annually

The total production value of China's maritime industry grew by an average of 8.4 percent annually from 2011 to 2014, representing over 9.3 percent of the GDP each year, reports China's official media. During the same time frame, the industrialized utilization of ocean water had accelerated, according to the 2015 report on China's marine economy development issued by the State Oceanic Administration (SOA). The daily desalination capacity increased by 331,000 tonnes and annual growth rate of maritime biological medicine added value reached 19.6 percent, the report said.

Integrated Vessel Control System

KONGSBERG Awarded IVCS Package for Nautilus Newbuild

Nautilus announces that the contract for the vessel integrated control system (including dynamic positioning and navigation systems) to be used on the Company's Production Support Vessel (PSV), has been awarded to Kongsberg Maritime, located in Norway. This is yet another key contract to be awarded by the shipyard, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Limited. Mike Johnston, Nautilus' CEO, commented, "we are delighted to have the global technology leader in this field, well known for its extensive portfolio of high performance products and solutions supplying the dynamic positioning…

MacGregor deck machinery orders

MacGregor Wins Fujian Southeast Shipyard Contract

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a contract from Fujian Southeast Shipyard in China to supply deck equipment packages for two 78m anchor-handling/offshore support vessels under construction for Singapore-based Adhart Shipping Pte Ltd. The order was booked into fourth quarter 2014 order intake. The 12,000 bhp, 150 tonne bollard pull vessels are intended for operations in Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and West Africa. Delivery is scheduled for October and November 2015, with options for six further vessels.

Stephen Pryor

President Pryor Retires from ExxonMobil Chemicals

Stephen D. Pryor, president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company and vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has elected to retire on January 1, 2015, after more than 44 years of service. It is anticipated that the board of directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation will appoint Neil A. Chapman as president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company and elect him a vice president of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Chapman is currently senior vice president, Polymers, ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

Vice-premier of China’s state council, Ma Kai and Ren Yuanlin

Chinese Leaders Visit Yangzijiang Shipyard

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Limited announced that yesterday was a “momentous” for the group, as senior Chinese officials paid visit to Yangzijiang’s shipyard and the group’s chairman received the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award by the Chinese Enterprises Association. On the morning of June 18, Vice-premier of China’s state council, Ma Kai, and Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei visited the Group’s Jiangsu New Yangzi yard together with national departments, provincial and municipal leaders.

Zhao Xie (left) and Lauren Dolan

Ocean Sonics’ icListen Team Adds Two New Hires

Ocean Sonics welcomed Zhao Xie & Lauren Dolan to the icListen team in the roles of Accounting and Marketing. Zhao joined the team as Accounting Administrative Assistant and will be responsible for payroll, data entry, and preparing financial statements. Zhao has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Fujian University in China and a Diploma in Business with Honors in Accounting from the Nova Scotia Community College. Lauren joined the team as Marketing Coordinator and is responsible for communications, brand management, and logistics for the company.

David Ellis

Odfjell Terminals Appoints President for Global Activities

Odfjell Terminals, a leading global storage provider for chemicals, petroleum products and gases, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Ellis as President, effective immediately. Mr. Ellis will be responsible for the leadership of Odfjell Terminals' global activities. Mr. Ellis has been with Odfjell SE since 1996 and Odfjell Terminals since 2005, most recently serving as the executive in charge of North American activities. Odfjell Terminals is a joint venture between Odfjell SE and Lindsay Goldberg.

AHTS Fittted with MacGregor Winches

China Shipyards' MacGregor Order Bonanza

MacGregor offshore winches for 22 new anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTSVs) under construction at three shipyards. MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured new offshore winch contracts from three Chinese shipyards, Fujian Southeast, Fuzhou Baima and Guangdong Yuexin Ocean Engineering. The winches are destined for 22 anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTSVs) under construction for a number of international owners. "Our offshore winches have been specified for a run of new-series small and medium AHTSV developments in the 60m to 65m range…

Chinese Cargo Ship Hits Yangtze Bridge Pier, Sinks

18 crew members of the ship were rescued shortly before their vessel sank in the Yangtze River after hitting a bridge pier. Damage was visible on a pier of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province after the  cargo vessel, loaded with 12,500 tons of limestone, encountered it, reports the 'China Daily'. The vessel, "Xinchuan 8" was transporting the limestone from Tongling in east China's Anhui Province to Luoyuan, a coastal county in southeast China's Fujian Province…

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China Delegation Visits UK P&I Club

A delegation from Xiamen, China accompanied by the CEO of COSCO UK visit the London offices of Thomas Miller. The purpose of the visit by the delegation was to understand more of the shipping/insurance sectors in London and to foster good relations. The six-person Xiamen delegation was headed by its Vice Major, Mr Kang Tao together with Simon Yang (Shicheng), the CEO of COSCO UK. Xiamen is the second largest city in the Fujian province of China with a population of 4 million, and is the eighth largest container port in China and eighteenth in the world.

ABS Elects New Council and Committee Members

At the 151st Annual Meeting of the Members of ABS, and the subsequent meeting of the ABS Council, industry leaders were elected to serve on a number of bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment. "ABS' strength as a global classification society is drawn from its membership and the many regional, national and technical committees that contribute to the process of developing practical, impartial and authoritative standards," said ABS Chairman Robert D.

China Plans Shipuilding Expansion on SE Coast

Fujian province expects to have the ability to build more than 8 million deadweight tons of ships each year, by the end of 2015. The government’s “11 Measures to Transform and Upgrade the Shipbuilding Industry” calls the province to develop into an important shipbuilding base on the southeast coast of China within three years, by raising its national industrial status and technological level, reports the China Daily. It is expected to get close cooperation from four industrial zones - Sansha Bay…

Tidewater Marine's New PSV's to Fit MacGregor Equipment

Cargotec has secured a comprehensive MacGregor offshore equipment contract for six platform supply vessels (PSVs) from Fujian Southeast Shipyard in China. The vessels are being built for leading US offshore support vessel owner, Tidewater Marine LLC, and the equipment is scheduled for delivery between the first and fourth quarters of 2013. Each 75m vessel will feature a MacGregor equipment package comprising a number of auxiliary winches such as anchor windlass, capstans and tugger winches, a single deck crane and a bulk handling system.

Sentinel Marine Sell AHTS, Order Two More

Sentinel sell new-build Anchor Handling Towing & Supply vessels AHTS 5150;  order two more AHTS from Nam Cheong Dockyard. Buyers of the AHTS 5150, Hull SK 67, have requested the details of the sale to remain private. The newly ordered AHTS vessels will be built in Fujian South East Shipyard, China, with deliveries between Q3 – Q4 2013. These AHTS vessels are based on the proven Khiam Chuan Marine design, with the added stern thruster providing improved station keeping. The company has its roots in a Company called Nomis Shipping, which was established in 1989. Based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Vroon Offshore Embarks on 10-Vessel New-Build Program

North Sea Emergency Recovery & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) operator Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) to invest $100-million in new ships. The new "comfort class" boats - six 50m ERRVs and four 60 ERRV field support vessels - will be built in Nanjing and Fujian in China under Vroon's supervision and support a new wave-piercing bow-shape designed in Singapore by the group. The first of the ERRVs is due to be delivered in April 2013 with the first of the 60m boats due to arrive in Q1 2014.

ABS and CCS Conduct Joint LNG Forum

Increased interest in the building of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at Chinese shipyards spurred the recent Large LNG Carriers Forum, held in Shanghai, and conducted jointly by classification societies ABS and CCS (China Classification Society) in conjunction with leading LNG operators. More than 150 representatives from the Chinese government, shipowners, shipbuilders, designers, energy corporations and universities attended the forum. Topics presented by leading industry participants Poten & Partners…