Mitsui-MAN B&W Diesel Engine Achieves World Record

May 31, 2008

This world record is established when MES completes the construction of Mitsui-MAN B&W 6S50MC-C Mark 7 at its Tamano Works for Sanoyasu Hishino Meisho Corporation (with president Mr. Shinich Kimura), who will install such engine to a chip carrier of 4.35 million cubic feet to her owner, Mitsui OSK Lines.

In the wake of growing demand for new shipbuilding boosted by active ocean cargo transport, the production of diesel engine by MES is significantly increasing recently. Only after two years and five months since MES achieved 50-million horsepower production in October 2005, it establishes accumulated 60 million-horse power record since it produced the first engine in 1928. The annual production in fiscal year 2006 was 4.01 million horsepower and will be 4.63 million, the record high annual production, in fiscal year 2007. Since the technical agreement with B&W, Denmark (presently MAN B&W) in 1926 on the production of diesel engine, MES has been producing engines with excellent records as a leading engine manufacturer of the world. MES is also strengthening the after-service sector of the engine business including the newly developed Marine Diesel Engine Performance/Life Expectancy Diagnosis System (product names “e-GICS” and “e-GICSW”) to which the communications satellite and internet are fully utilized and is committed to ensure the high quality customer service.

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China Shipping to spend $3.3 bln buying vessels

May 31, 2008

China Shipping Development plans to spend 23 billion yuan ($3.3 billion) to buy 59 vessels over the next five years, more than doubling its capacity to ride an anticipated upswell in global trade.

The oil and coal carrier, which is building up a fleet of more than 180 ships to meet the heavy resource needs of China’s fast-growing economy, the world’s fourth-largest, currently maintains a total capacity of 7.82 million deadweight tonnes (dwt), Chairman Li Shaode told. The 59 vessels, to be delivered in the years until 2012, come with a collective capacity of 8.69 million dwt and will more than double the firm’s shipping capability, he said. The amount to be spent exceeded previous expectations. Li told early this month that his firm, which began shipping iron ore for steel making last year, intended to spend about $2.8 billion over five years to double its capacity.

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China Shipping to spend $3.3 bln buying vessels

May 31, 2008

China Shipping Development plans to spend 23 billion yuan ($3.3 billion) to buy 59 vessels over the next five years, more than doubling its capacity to ride an anticipated upswell in global trade.

The oil and coal carrier, which is building up a fleet of more than 180 ships to meet the heavy resource needs of China’s fast-growing economy, the world’s fourth-largest, currently maintains a total capacity of 7.82 million deadweight tonnes (dwt), Chairman Li Shaode told. The 59 vessels, to be delivered in the years until 2012, come with a collective capacity of 8.69 million dwt and will more than double the firm’s shipping capability, he said. The amount to be spent exceeded previous expectations. Li told early this month that his firm, which began shipping iron ore for steel making last year, intended to spend about $2.8 billion over five years to double its capacity.

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Ports’ distillate fuel plan is official

May 31, 2008

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach officially adopted an incentive scheme for ships to use distillate fuel in the port area.

“This joint effort demonstrates once again that these two ports are world leaders in aggressively and dramatically advancing environmental protection,” said Los Angeles Harbor Commission President S. David Freeman. Under the scheme, the two port authorities will subsidize shipowners to use distillate fuel instead of fuel oil bunkers in the main engines of their ships. Sulphur oxides (SOx) will be cut by as much as 11% and particulate matter (PM) by 9%, according to their figures. “Ships are the No. 1 pollution source here at the ports and we don’t want to keep waiting for state regulations to kick in,”said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Mario Cordero. Next year, regulations making distillate fuel mandatory are expected to be in place, introduced by the California Air Resources Board (ARB). The incentive program is expected to cost the two ports around $18.5 million and will be a one-year program starting July 1 and expiring June 30, 2009 – unless extended by the two commissions. “This program will incentivize our customers to start the process of switching over to low-sulphur fuel well ahead of future state emissions rules,” said Los Angeles port Executive Director Dr. Geraldine Knatz. To qualify for the incentive scheme, the ships must also participate in the ports’ voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction Program, limiting speeds to 12 knots.

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Tianjin 300,000-tonnage crude oil dock to start operation

May 31, 2008

The 300,000-tonnage crude oil dock in the northern Chinese municipality of Tianjin is expected to start trial operation in September 2008.

Having built the body of the hydraulic works, the company is looking to complete the whole project in August. By far, RMB740 million (US$102.2 million) has been invested in the project, compared with the plan of RMB1.379 billion (US$190.5 million) total investment. After achieving completion, the wharf apron of the port can berth 100,000 to 300,000-tonne very large crude carriers (VLCC) and have an annual handling capacity of 20 million tonnes. Port of Tianjin’s area is to be expanded to 100 square kilometres from the current 30 square kilometres by 2010. The port is building several new terminals, which includes 22 berths of more than 10,000 tonnes with an aggregate capacity of 138 million tonnes. After these projects are finished, the port’s capacity will be raised to 290 million tonnes.

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“K” Line vessel marks milestone for International Paints

May 31, 2008

The “K” Line owned 77,302 dwt vessel Corona Emblem, built in 1998 has become the 100th vessel to be coated with UK-Based International Paint’s  Intersleek® 900 anti-fouling product at Huarun Dadong Dockyard in Shanghai, China.

Both companies held a joint ceremony to mark the occasion in Tokyo, Japan on the 27th May 2008. “Inflating crude oil prices is a big issue,” said Yoshida Katsue, “K” LINE representative director & managing executive. “We think Intersleek 900, which enables the reduction of fuel consumption, could be the solution for this”. Intersleek 900 is a revolutionary, fluoropolymer based, patented foul release product that is said to offer unprecedented low levels of average hull roughness, excellent foul release capabilities and good resistance to mechanical damage for all vessels operating above 10 knots. “We’re delighted to be working with International Paint on this project and very pleased that the ‘Corona Emblem’ is the 100th Intersleek 900 application,” said “K” LINE maritime cost administration group gm. “For “K” LINE, Intersleek 900 forms a strategic part of our maintenance reduction programme with associated cost savings through reduced time in dock, blasting and repair costs and coatings volumes. We also fully expect to achieve all of our hull coatings environmental and performance objectives through the use of this exciting new technology”.

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Fatal crane crash halts work at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding

May 31, 2008

Three people were killed and two were injured when two 600-tonne gantry cranes owned by CSSC subsidiary Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co collapsed at a work site in the Pudong New Area shortly after midnight.

Three workers in the cranes’ cabs, which were more than 10 meters above the ground, are said to have been killed at the scene, while two security guards on the ground were injured. Both guardshave been sent to Shanghai East Hospital and one is said to be in a critical condition. Although the exact cause of the incident is still under investigation, an initial investigation is said to have shown that one leg of the cranes suddenly broke when the vehicle was lifting goods, leading to the collapse. The work at the yard is at a standstill pending the outcome of the investigation and that Hudong-Zhonghua may remain closed for up to six months.

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