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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Shandong News

Photo courtesy of Intermarine UK

New Scrubber Service Station at Portland Port

Intermarine UK struck an agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to make the Port of Portland one of the UK’s centers for scrubber installation.Intermarine President Slawomir Kalicki signed the agreement at Norshipping in Oslo with counterpart DB Wang deputy general manager of the Shandong Pure Ocean Technology based in Renhe Town in the Shandong province. The deal will see Intermarine act as an agent to Shandong and offer to install its scrubber systems to a wide variety of vessels to help them meet tough new environmental regulations.

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China Imports First U.S. Crude since November

An oil tanker carrying U.S. crude oil is offloading its cargo at a Chinese port on Friday, marking China's first import from the United States since late November, according to trade sources and Refinitiv data.Trade tensions between the United States and China cut U.S. oil exports to Asia to a trickle in the second half of last year. No U.S. crude volumes were recording going into China October, December and January, according to China customs.The Kara Sea, an Aframax tanker capable of carrying up to 600…

File image: Soy cargo loading (CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Igor Strukov

U.S. Soybean Cargo Unloaded in China

A vessel carrying U.S. soybeans has unloaded its cargo at the port of Qingdao in China on Friday, shipping data showed, amid a trade truce between China and the United States.The Star Laura, originally carrying 69,298 tonnes of soybeans loaded in Seattle, arrived at Qingdao outer anchorage in early November.The vessel's draft is now at 44 percent of its maximum depth, indicating it has emptied its load, data from Refinitive Eikon showed.The ship changed destination to South Korea in early November but came back to the port in eastern Shandong province in December…

CNOOC to Expand Jiangsu Binhai LNG Project

China's CNOOC plans to expand its LNG project in eastern Jiangsu province to meet rising demand from more regions, state-media China News reported citing a project manager from CNOOC.CNOOC will lift the storage tank facility of each of the four tanks linked to the Jiangsu Binhai LNG receiving terminal to 220,000 cubic meters, up from 160,000 cubic meters, China News said.Total investment in the project rose to 17 billion yuan ($2.46 billion), up from 14.4 billion yuan, China News said.The terminal and its storage tanks will be able to serve a broader region including the provinces of Jiangsu,

(File photo: Chen Feng / Sinopec)

Sinopec Adds LNG Tank at Tianjin Terminal

China's Sinopec Corp completed adding a third tank to store liquefied natural gas at its receiving terminal in Tianjin, marking the completion of construction of the first phase of the import facility, the state oil and gas group said on Tuesday.The terminal, in the northern port city Tianjin, near Beijing, began operations last February. It has an annual receiving capacity of 3 million tonnes and an annual supply capacity of 4 billion cubic meters (bcm).The terminal has so far this year received 22 shipments of LNG that totaled 1.46 million tonnes in volume.

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BP Offloads Last Two Stranded Oil Cargoes in China

Oil major BP on Tuesday offloaded about 1 million barrels of Angolan crude from supertanker Olympic Light to an independent Chinese refiner after holding the oil at sea for about three months, people with knowledge of the discharge said on Wednesday.The oil had been aboard one of four supertankers held up or delayed off China's east coast near Shandong since as long ago as April, unable to discharge BP's oil due to slowing buying from private refiners in the world's second-biggest economy.All four have delayed cargoes…

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Huge Ore Carrier Delivered to Vale

Shandong-based Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co, a subsidiary of Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co, delivered a very large ore carrier (VLOC) to Brazilian miner Vale SA, said Chinese state media. China Daily said that the ship, named Ore Tianjin, has 400,000 metric tons' carrying capacity and is the first VLOC the group has made for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Leasing. Aiming to reduce the shipping cost by increasing capacity and enhance the operator's global competitive edge…

File photo: Louis Dreyfus Co / © David Hundley

US Soy Cargo to China Traded Using Blockchain

A cargo of U.S. soybeans shipped to China has become the first fully-fledged agricultural trade conducted using blockchain, participants said on Monday. Louis Dreyfus Co, Shandong Bohi Industry Co, ING, Societe Generale and ABN Amro took part in the trade where the sales contract, letter of credit and certificates were digitalised on the Easy Trading Connect (ETC) platform. "We noticed very significant efficiency gains ... far beyond what we expected," Robert Serpollet, global head of trade operations at Louis Dreyfus…

Ore Tianjin. Image courtesy: New China TV

China Launches World's Largest Bulk Carrier

China launched world's largest bulk carrier 'Ore Tianjin' in the port city Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, reported China Daily. The mammoth ore ship, built by the Wuhan subordinate of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), can carry 400,000 metric ton deadweight (DWT). It will go into service for ore transportation between China and Brazil upon delivery, which is expected in April 2018. At 362 meters long, 65 meters wide and 30.4 meters deep, and a deck equivalent to three soccer fields, it's 25 meters longer than the world's largest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.

Photo: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Race 9 of Clipper Yacht Race to be Held in Qingdao

Crew members of Great Britain wave goodbye after setting off for Race 9 at the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Today,  March 20, 2016. Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Renowned by many as one of the toughest features of the circumnavigation, the fleet departs Qingdao for The Seattle Pacific Challenge from China to Seattle, USA, on Sunday. The mighty Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest and at times, the closest humans to the teams will be those on the International Space Station some 300 miles above them.

Graph: China National Ship-recycling Association and China Daily

Plunging Scrap Steel Prices Hit Ship Recycling Revenues

The Chinese ship recyclers are feeling the heat as falling scrap steel prices have eaten into their revenues during the past one year, says a report in China Daily. The increasing costs of adopting "greener" vessel-breaking method also adds to the woes, says China National Ship-recycling Association. The latest figures show ship-recycling revenue dropped 15 percent to 3.4 billion yuan ($519 million) in China last year. According to senior industry officials, the Chinese ship recycling sector was badly impacted by the continued weakness in steel scrap prices.

Image: The National Maritime Museum of China

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.

Left to right: Standing:  APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer and Qingdao Port Group Chairman Zheng. Seated: APM Terminals CFO Henrik Lundgaard Pedersen and Wang, Head of Business Development for Qingdao Port Group. Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Pact with Qingdao Port

Leaders from Qingdao Port Group met with APM Terminals executives in The Hague to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the APM Terminals Vado, Italy port project. Terms and investment amount were not disclosed. The MOU will create a new joint venture to invest in and work with other potential partners. APM Terminals Vado is a new terminal in northern Italy, which when opened in January 2018 will handle both containerized and liquid bulk cargoes – and integrated operationally with the existing 275…

Photo: Northern Territory Government

China Gets Port of Darwin

The Northern Territory (NT) Government in Australia announced the successful bidder for the Port of Darwin – Landbridge Group, based in the People’s Republic of China. Chinese privately owned energy and infrastructure conglomerate Landbridge Group has won a $A506 million bid to run Australia's Port of Darwin for 99 years, NT's Chief Minister Adam Giles announced. Under the terms of the agreement, the Northern Territory will lease the Darwin Port land and facilities of East Arm Wharf, including the Darwin Marine Supply Base, and Fort Hill Wharf to Landbridge Group for 99 years.

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China for International Cooperation in Marine Science

China will actively promote maritime scientific research and innovation as well as international cooperation to advance sustainable marine development, according to the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), reports Xinhua. Chen Lianzeng, deputy director of the SOA, made the remarks at an annual meeting of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) in Qingdao, a coastal city in East China's Shandong Province, on Monday. Chen pointed out that global research in ocean science and technology has entered a new stage involving cross-disciplinary studies and international collaboration…

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Northern Offshore acquired by Shandong Offshore

Offshore oil and gas drilling firm Northern Offshore Ltd. has reached agreement on the terms of a recommended $165m cash acquisition by Shandong Offshore International Company Limited. The NOK7.59 per share offer by Shandong has been unanimously recommended by the board of directors of NOF and undertakings to accept the offer have been received by approximately 65% of NOF’s shareholders, including Fredriksen’s Geveran Trading. The acquisition price values Northern Offshore's issued share capital at approximately NOK 1.3 billion.

COSL’s deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSL Prospector delivered

COSL Takes Delivery of New Semisub

China Oilfield Services Limited saw successful delivery of the deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSLProspector it invested in and commissioned to build in Yantai, Shandong today. This rig has adopted the latest marine engineering design concepts in the world and has mets the world’s most stringent regulations and requirements. It can perform operations in hectic environments. COSLProspector has adopted the world’s most advanced energy management and environment-friendly design concepts and is equipped with numerous advanced technologies including DP3 closed loop…

Mr. Yang Shaopeng,Chairman of SITC International(sixth right)and Mr.Lai Shangui, Chairman of CSBC(fifth Right)

Naming of M/V “SITC SHANDONG” at CSBC Shipyard

The Naming Ceremony of M/V “SITC SHANDONG” was held yesterday in Keelung Factory of CSBC Corporation, Taiwan, by SITC International Holdings Co., Ltd. (SITC International) and CSBC Corporation, Taiwan.(CSBC). Mr. Yang Shaopeng, Chairman of SITC International, and Mr. Lai Sun-Quae, Chairman of CSBC attended the ceremony. M/V “SITC SHANDONG” is the first vessel of 1800TEU series container ships. This series ships built by CSBC is the updated BANGKOKMAX type, fully meeting the current trend of energy conservation and emissions reduction.

For Polluted China, Gas is a Matter of life or Death

"If I work in your Beijing, I would shorten my life at least five years," Premier Zhu Rongji, a career politician from Shanghai, quipped in 1999, referring to the notorious air pollution in China's northern capital. Research has confirmed life expectancy in northern China is 5.5 years shorter than in the south owing to the worse air pollution, and the shocking difference stems from a well-intentioned government policy to keep the residents of northern China warm in winter. According to a group of U.S.

Triple-E Class Container Ship: Image courtesy of Maersk

China Supplies Maersk Triple-E Hull Modules

Hull modules for the huge container ships are being built in Shandong and delivered by barge to South Korea' Daewoo Shipbuiding yard. Twenty of the ships, which can each carry 18,270 20-foot containers and at 399.25 metres long, are being built for Maersk Line by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, reports the 'South Chilna Morning Post', which cites Peter Bertelsen, lead hull superintendent at Maersk Maritime Technology, as informing that  a lack of capacity…

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.

Container Ship Capsizes in E. China Sea

Rescuers have retrieved 11 bodies and are searching for two missing crew members after a container ship sank off east China. The Beihai Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport dispatched two rescue vessels and a helicopter to the seawater area 40 nautical miles northeast of Longkou, Shandong Province, after the ship with 14 aboard capsized. One crew member, who had lost consciousness, was rescued by the helicopter.

 The container ship "Guangyangxingang" was on voyage from the northern coastal city of Tianjin, in the Yellow Sea, to Taizhou in eastern Zhejiang Province.

Thousand Ships Stuck in East China Sea Ice

Unusually thick sea ice on Laizhou Bay in east China's Shandong Province strands coastal ships. Zheng Dong, chief meteorologist at the Yantai Marine Environment Monitoring Center under the State Oceanic Administration informs that the ice this year is the worst the area has experienced in three years, and the expanding ice field has expanded to 291 square km and is expected to grow, according to Xinhua. Local aquafarmers are concerned that the ice is thicker than in years past…

Yacht Qingdao: Photo credit Gua Chuan Sailing

Chinese Lone Yachtsman Inmarset-sponsored

Chinese single-handed sailor Guo Chuan starts 2013 tackling strong winds & towering waves of the Southern Ocean’s Roaring Forties. The Chinese yachtsman is attempting to set a new world record for solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. No sailor has ever attempted this in a boat as small as his 40-foot (12-metre) vessel Qingdao. Guo cast off from Qingdao in Shandong province, eastern China, in November on the 21,600-nautical-mile journey, which is expected to take about 125 days.

Bulk Carrier Sinks in Yangtze Estuary

The 98-meter freighter sent out a distress call as the ship began to founder in strong winds off the mouth of the Yangtze River. The freighter was loaded with a cargo of water-absorbing mineral sands, and the crew of 15 was taken off shortly before the ship foundered in darkness. The Ministry of Transport's Donghai Rescue Bureau and the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration dispatched four rescue vessels as soon as the call was received, according to a statement from the administration.

Vale Brasil: Photo credit DNV

China Rongsheng Deliver Seventh VLOC

China Rongsheng Heavy Industries delivers a seventh 380,000 DWT class Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) to Vale. The new VLOC, christened Vale Shandong has been received by Vale S.A . As of 7 December 2012, China Rongsheng Heavy Industries has delivered a total of seven VLOCs, with one completed last year and six this year. On the same day, another VLOC built for Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C. left for sea trials and will be received by the shipowner in the near future. Rongsheng-built VLOCs have an environmentally friendly design to lower oil consumption and reduce the emission of CO2…