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Old November 17th, 2009, 08:31 AM   #241
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The Xiamen Port is one of the top 10 ports in China and ranked the 22nd among the top 100 ports worldwide.
Located in the southern part of east China's Fujian province, about 370 km from the Taiwan Island, the coastal city of Xiamen is now highly-regarded for its foreign-oriented economy, thanks largely to its global transportation network and its internationalized financial institutions.

With a highly developed transportation network, Xiamen enjoys close links with the rest of the country and with the world at large. It is a major road, air, and shipping hub, connecting the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta, two of the most potent economic powerhouses in China.

The Xiamen Port is one of the country's top 10 ports and one of the eight largest container terminals in China. It is ranked 22nd among the top 100 ports worldwide.

The port has 137 container shipping lines that operate 490 vessels, traveling each month to nearly all the major ports in the world. As the first port in China authorized to handle direct cargo shipping business with Taiwan, its throughput of cargo, to and from its neighbor, now exceeds 3 million containers.

It also has freight routes to Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Americas, Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

As part of the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-10), the port is expected to receive a total of 14.5 billion yuan ($2.12 billion) of investment for construction and expansion.

In 2010, the Xiamen Port is predicted to have a bulk cargo throughput of 120 million tons and the capacity to handle 10 million containers.

In terms of air transportation, Xiamen Airport, with its links to 82 airports around the world, is one of the top 10 airports in the country and the fourth busiest airport for passenger entry and exit in China.

It is now a regional air hub in east China, second only to Shanghai, with 37 international and regional passenger air routes. It now has regular flights to many of the world's major cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Kula Lumpur, Penang, Manila, Bangkok, Yabi, Kuching, Hong Kong and Macao, as well as air cargo services with links to Chicago, Los Angles and Nagoya.

Thanks to the provincial government's active program of expressway and railway construction over recent years, Xiamen now has access to rapid rail connections with many inland areas.

Xiamen is also one of the 47 highway hubs designated by the Chinese Ministry of Communications. It is linked to the national highway network through the Fuzhou-Xiamen Expressway. The Fuzhou-Xiamen Railway and the Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway, both of which are under construction, will provide convenient rail transportation for the city.

The expressway linking Xiamen, Zhangzhou and Quanzhou and other major inter-city road routes gives access to all of the major destinations throughout China.

The inner-city transportation system is also well developed. The central area of Xiamen - located on Xiamen Island - is now linked with neighboring areas on the mainland via the Xiang'an Undersea Tunnel, the Jimei Bridge and the Tong'an Bridge.

The Xiang'an Tunnel, - the Chinese mainland's first undersea tunnel - was completed on November 4. It is designed to have a lifespan of 100 years and has shortened the journey time between Xiamen Island and the Xiang'an district from 1.5 hours to just eight minutes.

In addition to its developed transportation network, Xiamen is also known for its financial environment, which has lured a number of foreign banks to begin operations there.

Xiamen now has more than 410 financial institutions providing banking services, giving individual and corporate customers access to a wide variety of financial services and a choice of financial firms.

HSBC of Hong Kong, United Overseas Bank of Singapore, Standard Chartered of Britain, Citibank of the US and Mizuho Corporate Bank of Japan, as well as another 14 foreign banks have established branches and representative offices in Xiamen. The city also has 11 domestic commercial banks, including the Xiamen International Bank, a Sino-foreign joint venture.
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 06:20 PM   #242
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Recycling is key for China yards
16 November 2009
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CHINESE shipyards should focus on becoming ship recycling facilities, and the Chinese government should remove import taxes on ships sent to China for scrapping, a leading shipowners’ representative has urged.

Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association managing director Arthur Bowring said: “Chinese yards should be strongly encouraged to recycle ships.”

Speaking at the World Shipping (China) summit in Qingdao on Friday, Mr Bowring said that as an added incentive the Chinese government should remove the 3% tariff and 17% value added tax that are imposed on ships imported into China for scrapping. “It has been done before,” Mr Bowring said.

As a further inducement, yards should also be urged to seek certification under the Hong Kong convention for the safe and environmentally friendly recycling of vessels.

Pointing to the benefits of shipyards becoming recycling facilities, Mr Bowring said it would reduce shipbuilding capacity while maintaining or creating employment at yards and associated facilities. This would remove the political opposition to closing shipyards.

He added that the scrap steel could be re-rolled or melted into material, including reinforcing bar, suitable for the construction industry. Such a move would reduce China’s need for imported iron ore and coking coal while cutting pollution and energy needs, because recycling steel used less energy than creating new material using iron ore and coal.

Mr Bowring said converting shipyards into ship recycling centres was a more realistic strategy than trying to close yards in China to cut the country’s shipbuilding capacity.

He pointed out there would be “great political resistance to closing shipyards”, particularly at a provincial or local level, “no matter how uneconomic” the shipyard.

This was because the yards provide employment for both shipyard workers and ancillary businesses at a time when China is focused on maintaining social stability in the face of the negative impact of the global recession.

Mr Bowring added that China’s “vast shipbuilding capacity will not disappear overnight”.

China Shipbuilding Industry Corp president Li Changyin said the company, which controls shipbuilding companies largely north of Shanghai, including Dalian Shipbuilding Industry, Wuchang Shipyard and Shanhaiguan Shipyard, has diversified into new areas following the downturn in shipbuilding. These include wind power, airport logistics and the manufacture of coal mining and construction equipment.

By comparison, Kawasaki Shipbuilding chairman Terasaki Masatoshi estimated that China’s shipbuilding capacity would surge to 70m gt in 2015, up from 57m gt in 2010 and just 20.3m gt in 2003.

Reacting to proposals by Hebei Ocean Shipping and North China Lines chairman Gao Yanming for owners to scrap vessels over 23 years old, Mr Bowring said it was unrealistic to expect shipowners to work together in such a way.

“With the greatest respect, it is wishful thinking,” he said.

Such a “concerted effort” was unlikely to take place. “Shipping has a dreadful reputation for never working together.”

Mr Bowring added: “There are two inescapable facts: shipyards are unlikely to close and we cannot agree among ourselves to reduce fleets.”

Speaking earlier, Intertanko Asia-Pacific regional manager Tim Wilkins said that 3% of single-hull tankers in the world tanker fleet would still be operating after the initial phase-out of single-hulled vessels in 2010.

He said Liberia, Panama, Marshall Islands, Singapore and Hong Kong were among the flag states that will continue to allow single-hull tankers to trade after 2010. But he also thought an increasing number of ports were refusing to allow single-hull vessels to berth. Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates was the latest port to propose a ban after an announcement last Thursday, he added. “The single-hull tanker has very few options left other than recycling.”
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In the fast lane
27 November 2009
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The rising star of the shipbuilding market is making a good impression.

The Yangfan Group is a fast-rising shipbuilding company in China. The Zhoushan-headquartered player - which began with one facility, Zhoushan Shipyard, four years ago - now also controls two new yards in the Zhoushan archipelago and two greenfield yards in the Shandong province of Weihai and Qingdao city.

Industry observers think Yangfan may be the only private shipbuilding company in China to have a presence in both the north and south of the country.

Yangfan marketing chief Ye Chi Zhou explains that the coastal shipping trade is huge and having yards located in Shandong and Zhejiang provinces will help the company to be closer to its customers.

The two newly built yards, Zhejiang East Coast Shipping Industry and Dashenzhou Shipbuilding & Repairing, are located close to Zhoushan Shipyard at Lujiazhi Island. Both yards have started constructing ships. Zhejiang is situated on Mayi Island - a 20-minute ferry ride from the company's head office - while Dashenzhou is located on Panzhi Island.

However, in the current economic environment, the company is taking a cautious approach to the development of the two greenfield sites located in Shandong province - Weihai Yangfan Shipbuilding and Qingdao Yangfan Shipbuilding.

Many industry watchers have been stunned by the speed of Yangfan's development. It was only formed in 2006 by businessman Zhang Zhi Xiang after he acquired Zhoushan Shipyard from the local government.

Ye says Zhoushan was established in 1952 by the state to construct fishing boats for the domestic market. The yard sealed its first export order in 1986 - a fishing boat for a Taiwanese company - but 12 more years passed before it won its second, an 80-teu containership for a Hong Kong-based outfit.

Ye adds that Zhoushan Shipyard only managed to break into the European market in 2000 when Herman Buss of Germany signed up for five multipurpose (MPP) vessels of 4,350 dwt. "Buss was very satisfied with the MPPs that Zhoushan built and it asked our company to build 19 feeder containerships of 660 teu and 20 of 900 teu," added Ye.

"We can say that the Buss newbuildings have introduced other German owners to our company," he added. "They must have heard that we delivered good quality vessels." About 80% of Yangfan's European customers are German. They include Vega Reederei, NSC Schiffahrtsgesellschaft (NSC), Wulff Reederei and Herm Dauelsberg.

Industry watchers say Yangfan boss Zhang wasted no time in building up his shipbuilding empire. The entreprenuer, whose businesses range from mining to steel and electricity production to wind turbines, spent more than CNY 2bn ($293m) to construct Zhejiang East Coast Shipping Industry so that the group was able to build the types of ships that the market required.

Yangfan entered the shipbuilding arena at a time when the industry was booming. But instead of going for conventional ships such as bulkers and tankers, it jumped into the pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) sector, which is not favoured by many shipbuilders. Experts say yards tend to steer away from building PCTCs because they are more labour intensive and a large area is needed to store the car decks.

When Yangfan broke the news that it was going to build PCTCs, many industry players were sceptical - the company's workforce had previously only built MPP vessels and containerships.

Ye acknowledges that PCTCs can be a daunting proposition but he says it did not scare Yangfan away. "We analysed the world car-carrier fleet and found that the sector needed to replace quite a number of old ships," said Ye. "In addition, there are not many yards in the world that are keen to construct such vessels.

"Many industry players did not think that China would be able to build car carriers because they are technically more difficult to build and also, back in the 1980s, one Chinese shipyard was penalised heavily when it failed to deliver vessels on schedule," he added.

"But at Yangfan, we carefully mapped out how we were going to construct them." Yangfan says it has dedicated its newly built Zhejiang East Coast Shipping Industry to the construction of PCTCs. "Zhejiang East Coast is a new yard with modern facilities. To build the PCTCs, our company imported 16 Japanese-manufactured steel-cutting machines to cut the plates for the newbuildings," said Ye.

Hamburg-based TB Marine Car Carriers was Yangfan's first PCTC customer. The German owner placed an order for a quartet of 4,900-car-equivalent-unit (ceu) PCTCs in early 2007 at a reported price of $50m each for delivery from the middle of this year. Taiwan's Today Makes Tomorrow (TMT) was the second, also ordering four similar-size vessels to TB Marine's.

As a newcomer to PCTC construction, Yangfan has proven to the industry that it has the capability and capacity to succeed. It recently delivered TB Marine's first newbuilding - the CSAV Rio Illapel - on schedule and is set to deliver the second, the CSAV Rio Itata , soon.
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Old January 1st, 2010, 05:59 AM   #244
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Port of Qingdao Expects 7% Rise in 2010 Throughput

QINGDAO, December 30, SinoCast -- Located in the Yellow River basin and on the western Pacific Rim, the Port of Qingdao has reached its 2009 goal of securing a transaction capacity of 315 million tons, up 5% year on year.

Buoyed up by the economy-boosting packages rolled out by the Chinese government, the demands for iron ore, crude oil, coal, and grain are expected to mount next year, which promotes the port to upgrade its 2010 growth forecast to 7%.

Demands triggered by the government-led infrastructure-oriented investments for iron ore, cement, and nonferrous metal have given the port's business a big lift this year.

As the biggest iron ore transshipment terminal, the port saw its throughput for iron ore and crude oil rise 7% and 8% respectively year to date amid the backdrop of a 20% decline in the global container shipment.

Despite the 7% growth forecast, Chang Dechuan, president with the port, remains gloomy about the shipping industry, saying it will not see an all-out recovery over three to five years.
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Shanghai, Shenzhen ports end year well
9 January 2010
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Shanghai and Shenzhen, the mainland's two largest ports, posted their strongest performance for 2009 last month, with throughput comparable to levels before the global financial crisis.

However, analysts are not pointing to strong recovery by China's leading ports just yet, saying conditions remain uncertain.

December container throughput in Shanghai, China's largest port and the second-largest in the world, reached 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (teu), a 7.1 per cent year-on-year increase and 8.9 per cent month-on-month rise, according to Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), the port's operator.

It was the first month last year Shanghai's container throughput increased year on year and its highest monthly container throughput for the year, comparable to levels in the first half of 2008.

Shanghai's overall cargo throughput grew a blistering 47.3 per cent year on year to 36.96 million tonnes, a reflection of China's boom in commodity imports.

Shenzhen's container throughput reached 1.76 million teu last month, according to official data, a 4 per cent month-on-month increase and a 5.4 per cent year-on-year increase, the first significant year-on-year increase last year.

"The numbers look a bit warmer, but we expect a turbulent year. We haven't seen shipping lines pulling back their mothballed container ships yet," said Willy Lin Sun-mo, chairman of the Hong Kong Shippers' Council.

This year, the United States Congress might pressure President Barack Obama to impose additional protectionist measures against Chinese exports to the US, on top of recent anti-dumping measures on Chinese steel pipes, said Lin.

"We might be hitting a pretty rough year," he said.

Nomura analyst Jim Wong said: "I don't see the December numbers as surprisingly strong. Shanghai did relatively well, but I don't see it hugely above expectations. We expect a recovery in 2010, but it won't be V-shaped but L-shaped."

Shenzhen's performance was in line with expectations, as most people expected the port to be hit hardest owing to its high exposure to international trade, said Wong

For the whole of last year, Shenzhen's container throughput fell 14.8 per cent to 18.25 million teu, and its cargo throughput fell 8.3 per cent to 194 million tonnes, according to official data. Shanghai fared better, with its container throughput falling 10.7 per cent to 25 million teu last year, while cargo throughput dipped 1.1 per cent to 365 million tonnes, according to SIPG.

Although Shenzhen port as a whole enjoyed year-on-year growth of container throughput last month, Yantian port in east Shenzhen suffered a year-on-year decline, said Wong. Yantian port is jointly owned by Cosco Pacific, a mainland port operator, and Hutchison Port Holdings, which is controlled by Li Ka-shing.

"Yantian has been losing market share in the last several months. Other Shenzhen ports offer lower rates," said Wong.
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China launched super-large crude oil tanker

January 11, 2010
The world's most advanced super-large crude oil tanker will make its maiden voyage from Guangzhou Shipbuilding Zhongchuan Longxue base later this month, according to Guangzhou Daily.
Renowned as "the aircraft carrier" of commercial ships, the 308,000-ton super-large crude carrier pilotless "Xin Buyang" is of the largest tonnage in the world, featuring independent technology in research and development, designing and construction.
The deck is 333 meters long, larger than three football fields and the tanker can Displace 350.000 tons, three times larger than the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers.
The pilotless crude carrier, equipped with the most advanced automatic navigation system, can withstand the worst weather on the seas and sail around the world in 60 days.

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Can it fit through Suez / Panama? Or it'll just ferry between China and the Middle East so canal dimensions don't matter?
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Northern China ports remain shut, whipped by high winds

SHANGHAI, Jan 20 (Reuters) - China's top coal-shipping port Qinhuangdao and several other northern Chinese ports failed to resume operations on Wednesday, after a cold front lifted a 2-day fog but brought high winds.

Coal shortages have led to reduced electricity supplies in parts of central and southwest China, causing some smelters and other plants to cut output, the State Grid Corp of China (SGCC) and others have said. [ID:nTOE60H08Y]

Some analysts on Wednesday predicted that if shipments don't resume soon, coal supplies along the coast will be further constrained and prices will be pushed up.

"Qinhuangdao port operations are still down, not because of fog but heavy wind," said a source familiar with the situation there.

"Other ports are probably encountering the same problem."

The National Meteorological Center forecast 9-grade winds, roughly 80 kilometres per hour, would continue through Wednesday night in the Bohai Bay, northern and central Yellow Sea areas.

Operation at ports in the region, including Tangshan and Caofeidian, have been halted since Monday when foggy weather blanketed the region.

Coal stocks at Qinhuangdao had gone up 14 percent in the past two days to 6.5 million tonnes, according to port data on sxcoal.com, an industry information website.

Qinhuangdao shipped out an average 669,000 tonnes of coal per day in the week ended on Monday, but only shipped out 260,000 tonnes in the 24 hours ended on Tuesday morning, according to the latest data.

"If the shipping cannot resume at ports, it may exacerbate the coal shortages and push up prices of the hydrocarbon," said an analyst at a large state-owned securities firm, who declined to be named.

As of Monday, spot coal prices at Qinhuangdao were unchanged from a week earlier, with coal with calorific value of 5,800 kcal/kg (NAR) priced at 840 yuan to 850 yuan ($123 - $124.5) a tonne, according to the Qinhuangdao Seaborne Coal Market (www.cqcoal.com). ($1=6.827 Yuan)
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Can it fit through Suez / Panama? Or it'll just ferry between China and the Middle East so canal dimensions don't matter?
E 'likely to pass only through the Strait of Gibraltar.
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China's largest oil tanker delivered in Guangzhou

2010-01-23


Xin Pu Yang, the most sophisticated supertanker ever designed and built by a Chinese shipyard, docks at Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, January 22, 2010. The ship was delivered to its buyer China Shipping(Croup) Company on Friday at Nansha port in Guangzhou. It marks a milestone that the tonnage of China's oil tanks finally breaks through 300,000 tons.


A photo taken on January 22, 2010 shows Xin Pu Yang, the most sophisticated supertanker ever designed and built by a Chinese shipyard at Nansha port, Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province.





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January 23, 2010
"A flight Shanghai-Rome and the possibility of opening an air link between China and Catania. Investments in Sicily in the tourism industry and the port of Augusta." China is near. The official notice of the Regional Government informed that a delegation from Sicily went to China to reciprocate the visit the leaders of the HNA, giant Chinese transport and tourism, made in March last year in Sicily. The Chinese delegation also made stage in the port of Augusta. Since then it has been almost a year and have not seen anything new in the black. At the same time and far the only company (Italian-Japanese-American) who had shown some interest in the airport augusta. We return to the Sicilian delegation to China. According to the official account are different and interesting points of the agreement: "Creation of an international airport in the plain of Gerbini between Enna and Catania in the field of cultural cooperation, joint-venture for the production of yachts on the island of Hainan; Request for authorization for the area for the transhipment in the commercial port of Augusta. These, in a nutshell, the results of the mission carried out in recent days.
"The relationship with China - said the president of the Region, Raffaele Lombardo - will not be good to Sicily. Today, the giant Chinese is the economic locomotive of the world. The direct relationship with the Chinese market may represent a turning point for our economy . they are welcome, then, investments of this great country in Sicily. An individual who invests some time calls. The regional government will do everything to facilitate the implementation of these projects quickly. "
The "time certain" policy Sicilian would be discussed very much.
"The international airport - as reported by the delegation - should see the light in the plane of Gerbino. It involves the construction of a terminal and a runway of 3 kilometers. The new airport should be operated by the Sac, the company is already operating Catania Fontanarossa. The chapter relating to the "Port Augusta" seems somewhat diminished. For years we talked about and hoped for an unlikely central geographical position which can place the port of Augusta in a privileged position compared to the most important directions of traffic. Even in those days was given to read: "In the plan HNE, then, the port of Augusta will be the focus of the global trading system which will be subservient to the economy of China ...."

"The group, as before stated, will ask only the authorization for the area for the transhipment, 300 meters of quay and 300 thousand square meters for the storage area. A request liar honest than the chimera of the port hub from time to time be deployed by some hireling press only capable of conveying a lie. "The regional government also - says the official note - HNA Group will provide the necessary support for the evaluation of initiatives to be undertaken in the field of cultural property in coinciding with the World Expo in Shanghai scheduled for next May. "The agreement signed between Sicily and HNA Group - concluded the note - it includes the possibility of working in the field of recreational boating, a sector in which Italy can count on professionalism appreciated throughout the world. The holding company of China and our company, which will be identified by the delegation of Sicily, should set up a joint venture for the production of yachts on the island of Hainan. "Given that the agreement between China and the Region of Sicily to handle the port of Augusta is something that is almost done and that the Russian Lukoil already owns 49% of the ISAB refinery, which seems to emerge clearly, at these latitudes, lead the way for the foreseeable future will be more and more Chinese, Russian, .... and then ... . Our business, asphyxiated and short of capital, will be swept away. Globalization. One question remains, will also replace the main industry Sicilian ????. One thing is sure that riussi and Chinese are also competitive in that field .



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Chinese shipbuilders grab bigger market share amid crisis
26 January 2010
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Thanks to cheap labor and technological innovation, major Chinese shipbuilders have survived the financial crisis which led to a dearth of orders in 2009.

Figures from a top shipping research company showed China has overtaken the Republic of Korea (ROK) as the world's largest shipbuilding nation as Chinese shipbuilders outpaced ROK competitors in both new orders and orders in hand.

Statistics released on January 12 by the London-based Clarkson PLC, the world's leading shipping service provider, showed that only 28.8 million deadweight tonnages (DWT) of ships were ordered globally from January to November in 2009. In 2007, the peak of the shipping boom, new ship orders totaled 272 million DWTs.

However, China's share of the diminishing market has grown significantly since 2009.

On Sunday, China's largest self-developed oil tanker left its home of 22 months in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong province, and began its maiden trip to Saudi Arabia.

The 333-meter-long, 60-meter-wide oil Xinpuyang can carry up to 308,000 tons of crude oil, and hit a speed of 15.7 knots (equal to 30 km per hour).

Equipped with satellite navigation, radar and monitoring alarm systems, the supertanker has a crew of 24.

Chen Liping, manager of the builder, the Longxue Shipyard, said that Longxue would be building another three highly-automated tankers for China Shipping (Group) Company.

Chen said the supertanker marked a big step forward in technological innovation and high value-added production by Longxue Shipyard and its owner China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

The Shanghai-based CSSC, whose turf is mainly in eastern and southern China, is one of China's two leading State-owned shipbuilders.

Also Sunday, the other leading State-owned shipbuilder, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), said profits in 2009 jumped 18.5 percent to 7.39 billion yuan ($1.1 billion).

The Beijing-based conglomerate, whose shipyards are mainly in northern China, said operating incomes rose 17 percent to 120.9 billion yuan.

Innovation key to growth

CSIC General manager, Li Changyin, said the CSIC had minimized the impact of the global financial crisis, which crippled the global sea-based trade and slashed demand for ships, through technological innovation.

"The worse the (economic) downturn is, the more important the technological innovation is," Li said.

With innovation and improved design, CSIC shipyards were able to develop new products, including 180,000-DWT bulk carriers, 320,000-DWT oil tankers, 13,000-TEU containers as well as new types of drilling platforms that could be used in waters up to 400 feet (120 meters), said Li.

Li said the CSIC profit target for 2010 was 8 billion yuan. The operating income was expected to surpass 140 billion yuan and CSIC output in 2010 was likely to break 10 million DWTs.

Tan Zuojun, CSSC general manager, said that CSSC had invested more than 1.64 billion yuan into research and development in 2009 and stepped up efforts to develop high value-added ships.

Tan said technological innovation had significantly contributed to CSSC's successes in the global fight for orders.

For instance, the application of the latest version of a self-developed 3D ship product design system since last August at CSSC's Hudong Shipyard had helped boost coordination and integration between ship design institutes and shipbuilding entities, according to Tan.

The CSSC delivered 170 ships in 2009, he said. Its completed output last year broke the 10-million mark for the first time to reach 10.8 million DWTs, an increase of 27 percent from a year earlier.

CSSC's global market share stood at 9.1 percent, making it the world's second largest shipbuilder in terms of DWT, after Hyundai Heavy Industries of the Republic of Korea, he said.

Tan said technological innovation had also played a decisive role in helping China narrow gap with the ROK and Japan at both fronts of ship design capability and shipbuilding efficiency.

Without innovation, the CSSC would not have been capable of designing and building state-of-the-art LNG carriers in the last two years, he said.

Largest shipbuilding nation

Figures released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) showed combined delivery by China's shipbuilders jumped 47 percent last year to 42.4 million DWTs, 34.8 percent of the world's total.

That represented an increase of 5.3 percentage points in global market share from 2008.

China's shipbuilders received 26 million DWTs of new orders last year, down 55 percent from a year earlier, according to MIIT figures.

But MIIT figures showed China took 61.6 percent of new orders worldwide in 2009, much higher than that of the ROK, which is home to seven of the world's top 10 shipbuilders.

For the first time, China overtook the ROK as world's largest shipbuilding nation in new orders, measured by both DWT and compensated gross tonnes (CGT). CGT is normally used in the shipbuilding industry for international comparison since it contains added value.

According to Clarkson PLC, ROK shipbuilders won a total 3.15 million CGTs in new orders last year, which accounted for 40.1 percent of all new global orders.

Chinese shipbuilders seized 3.49 CGTs in 2009, accounting for 44.4 percent of the world's total.

On the order backlog, the ROK shipbuilders had a total of 52.83 CGTs as of early this month, while the Chinese rivals had 53.22 million CGTs, according to Clarkson.

Chinese officials and industry analysts had played down the position change. They said China was likely to drop from the top position when the world trade recovered and ship orders rose.

Chinese shipbuilders outpaced ROK competitors in both new orders and order backlogs, but in terms of comprehensive competitiveness, the ROK was still ahead of China, Tan said.

Chinese shipbuilders fell far behind their ROK competitors in design and building capacities of high-tech and high value-added ships, such as the LNG carriers, Tan added.

Global market share of Chinese-built high value-added ships was just around 10 percent by December of 2009, he said.
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The Chinese port of Fuzhou closed the month of January with the handling of 4.1 million tonnes of cargo, a new historical record for the airport, which received an increase of 58% over the same month last year. Container handling grew by 33.6% to 113,400 teus, of which 56,500 teus (+47%) to the Fuzhou International Container Terminal. Container handling last year was about 500,000 teus.

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NEW SERVICE BETWEEN CHINA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN NORASIA CSAV

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On 18 March CSAV Norasia of Hong Kong will launch a new weekly service between China and the western Mediterranean, with the use of ten container from about 5,000 teus. The rotation of the new link, called Mare Nostrum Service (MNS), will Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Port Kelang, Malta, Genoa, Fos, Barcelona, Valencia, Malta, Jeddah, Port Kelang and again Xingang.

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With effect from 1 April, Maersk Line will apply a General Rate Increase (GRI) on transatlantic routes. The increase for shipments between Europe and the Mediterranean and the United States and Canada in both directions will be $ 400 per container 20 'and $ 500 per container 40', which is dry reefer.

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Jan. 27, 2010 (China Knowledge) - Despite the world economic crisis, China’s shipbuilding industry grew rapidly last year, as reflected in all the relevant statistics for 2009.

The gross output value of shipbuilders above the designated size was RMB 548.4 billion, up 28.7% year on year. The export value of ships and related products was US$28.36 billion, up 44.9%, and import value rose 92.5% to US$ 2.48 billion.

Reportedly, China saw ship completions increase 47% to 42.43 million dead weight tons last year. Sea ships accounted for 40.02 million DWT. New ship orders were 26 million DWT, down 55% year on year. Booked orders were 188.17 million DWT, down 8%. China's ship completions, new ship orders and booked orders accounted for 34.8%, 61.6% and 38.5% of the world's totals, respectively.

China has supplanted South Korea as the biggest ship producer in the world.

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At the same time and far the only company (Italian-Japanese-American) who had shown some interest in the airport augusta.

"The relationship with China - said the president of the Region, Raffaele Lombardo - will not be good to Sicily. Today, the giant Chinese is the economic locomotive of the world. The direct relationship with the Chinese market may represent a turning point for our economy . they are welcome, then, investments of this great country in Sicily. An individual who invests some time calls.

which seems to emerge clearly, at these latitudes, lead the way for the foreseeable future will be more and more Chinese, Russian, .... and then ... . Our business, asphyxiated and short of capital, will be swept away. Globalization.


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My suggestion to you, unless you want to put up a comedy show in these forums, is to learn some english and/or logic. As they are now, your posts only create confusion. Something we are masters at in Italy, btw. Also, your post n. 257 should go in the European shipping news. Also, your signature doesn't bode well for you. Also... oh, never mind.
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In January +17% HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE +18%

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The resumption of traffic from China is demonstrated by the data in January of the ports of Hong Kong and Singapore. Handling containers in Hong Kong was 1.8 million teus, 17% more than the same month last year, while in Singapore on-year growth was 18% with 2.3 million teus.

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