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Update: Shanghai lockdown to set shipping and supply chain on edge

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 A two-stage lockdown of Shanghai has started that will prompt further fears of supply chain disruption as China continues its zero Covid policy. Marcus Hand, Katherine Si | Mar 28, 2022 The u-turn on a Shanghai lockdown was announced on Sunday followed record 3,450 asymptomatic Covid-19 cases and 50 symptomatic cases, numbers that seem small compared to most countries. The city of 26 million will be locked down in two phases for mass testing with the Pudong financial district and areas east of the Huangpu river from 28 March – 1 April, and the second phase west of the Huangpu river for five days from Friday. Related: Congested Shenzhen terminals cut window for export containers Residents will be barred from leaving their homes and public transport suspended, with private cars only allowed to make necessary journeys. All firms and factories are to suspend production with people to work from home apart from those involved in essential services and food supply. Bloomberg reported that Tesla would be stopping operations at its plant. Related: Shenzhen lockdown - ports operational, warehouses closed Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) said that during tthe lockdown period, the port would ensure normal operations and provide 24 hours services at its all port production units. However, landside infrastructure and transport links to and from the will be disrupted. Container truck drivers must provide a negative covid test result taken in the last 48 hours and related documents during the lockdown period. Many expressway entries have also been lockdown, the truck drivers have limited access to the city.  Several logistics companies in the areas experiencing the first phase of the lockdown said that they had suspended logistics-related operation and will not accepting cargoes during the lockdown. UK-headquartered logsitics solutions provider Woodlands Group said in an update: "There is significant disruption to truck movements already, particularly from neighbouring provinces with trucks being forced to turn back on their way to Shanghai port, leaving a large part of the cargo ready for loading today unable to be transported to the port. "While some FCL trucks are still running within Shanghai, LTL trucks are not allowed to enter Pudong. As a result, there will likely be a significant impact on LCL cargo." In the recent lockdown in Shenzhen, South China ports remained operating relatively normally, however, yard congestion and queues of ships built up due to similar landside transport and infrastructure restrictions to those now in place in Shanghai. The city is also home to one of China’s top shipyards Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard (SWS) and the closure of factories and production facilities could delay newbuildings under construction at the yard. The closure of two-thirds of Yantian port for three weeks in a Covid outbreak wreaked havoc on container shipping and the global supply chain, and congestion and capacity issues remain a global issue.

Shanghai port, Evergreen join in empty container handling

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SHANGHAI Port International Group (SIPG) and Evergreen are doing a joint venture agreement for developing Shanghai empty container centre, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News. The two companies will develop the empty container centre at Yangshan, Shanghai, to further improve Shanghai's port's service capability. The Covid crisis caused containers servicing for international shipping to be short in demand. The empty container centre at Shanghai aims to improve empty container's turn-over efficiency in Shanghai, the Yangtze River delta, and the areas along the river, as well as the ports in northeast Asia.

Monjasa opens office in Shanghai

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Bunkering company Monjasa is expanding its Asia presence with new office in Shanghai, opening this month. Michele Labrut | Mar 17, 2022 Monjasa said the decision to set up a presence in China was propelled by an increasing number of Chinese customers and strong confidence in China’s continued positive developments as a maritime nation and shipping hub. The combination of high activity levels and influx of new Asian-based customers has seen marine fuels demand soar by 125% from 400,000 tonnes in 2019 to a total of 900,000 tonnes in 2020. Related: Monjasa opens new office in Athens Monjasa has two existing offices in Singapore and Vietnam, and has been in the market since 2008. “We are very ambitious about our new daily presence in Shanghai. We are here to match supply and demand locally and at the same time offer Monjasa’s maritime logistics in other key shipping destinations such as the Panama Canal and West Africa. We are experiencing Chinese shipping companies eager to move closer to their fuel suppliers and the entire supply chain,” said Monjasa Singapore General Manager Morten Ostergaard Jacobsen. “As a shipowner and marine fuels supplier, we believe that Monjasa meets these demands by taking ownership and being transparent about how our products are being sourced, shipped and supplied. With 12 sister offices and 25 vessels in our fleet, we are excited about supporting Chinese shipping worldwide from Shanghai,” he added. In Shanghai, Micchi Chen joins Monjasa as new Marketing Executive and will play an important role in securing a steady-developing Monjasa presence in China. She brings experience from the Chinese bunker industry coming from a similar position at World Fuel Services.

Monjasa opens office in Shanghai Photo: Monjasa

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Bunkering company Monjasa is expanding its Asia presence with new office in Shanghai, opening this month. Michele Labrut | Mar 17, 2022 Monjasa said the decision to set up a presence in China was propelled by an increasing number of Chinese customers and strong confidence in China’s continued positive developments as a maritime nation and shipping hub. The combination of high activity levels and influx of new Asian-based customers has seen marine fuels demand soar by 125% from 400,000 tonnes in 2019 to a total of 900,000 tonnes in 2020. Related: Monjasa opens new office in Athens Monjasa has two existing offices in Singapore and Vietnam, and has been in the market since 2008. “We are very ambitious about our new daily presence in Shanghai. We are here to match supply and demand locally and at the same time offer Monjasa’s maritime logistics in other key shipping destinations such as the Panama Canal and West Africa. We are experiencing Chinese shipping companies eager to move closer to their fuel suppliers and the entire supply chain,” said Monjasa Singapore General Manager Morten Ostergaard Jacobsen. “As a shipowner and marine fuels supplier, we believe that Monjasa meets these demands by taking ownership and being transparent about how our products are being sourced, shipped and supplied. With 12 sister offices and 25 vessels in our fleet, we are excited about supporting Chinese shipping worldwide from Shanghai,” he added. In Shanghai, Micchi Chen joins Monjasa as new Marketing Executive and will play an important role in securing a steady-developing Monjasa presence in China. She brings experience from the Chinese bunker industry coming from a similar position at World Fuel Services.    

DP World’s China headquarters to be based in Shanghai Lingang

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DP World (Shanghai), the new China headquarters of DP World, has been registered with Shanghai Lingang new area. Katherine Si | Mar 18, 2022 The international shipping service promotion centre of Lingang new area has provided full registration services to DP World (Shanghai), which will support DP World (Shanghai) to explore port and logistics value-added services and better utilise domestic and international market resources.  Upon the establishment of DP World’s China headquarter, the company will accelerate branch offices’ establishment at Ningbo, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Dalian, Xiamen and other major Chinese port cities, and enhance the interaction between Chinese and global logistics market. Related: DP World global volumes up 9.4% in 2021 DP World has facilities in Hong Kong, Qingdao, Yantai and some port cities in China, which is expecting to optimise its mainland China and Asia-Pacific regional logistics service via the establishment of China headquarters.

CULines orders two new 7,000 TEUers for long-haul services

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SHANGHAI-HEADQUARTERED China United Lines (CULines) is venturing towards larger ships, ordering a pair of 7,000 TEU vessels from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS). CULines co-CEO Raymond Chen and SWS chairman Wang Qi attended a ship construction contract signing ceremony, with delivery expected in H224. The newbuilding price was not disclosed although VesselsValue estimates the current price of a similar ship at around US$78 million, reports UK's The Loadstar. Majority controlled by the Chinese state, CULines started out as an NVOCC before launching intra-Asia liner services with chartered ships, and last year joined several other players venturing into long-haul routes amid the firming freight market. The company's decision to order 7,000 TEU ships indicates its commitment to long-haul routes, and comes just days after commissioning a pair of 2,700 TEU ships at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding. Mr Chen said that by ordering more newbuildings, CULines was "helping stabilise the national supply chain amid unprecedented tightness in shipping capacity, and contributing to the development of Shanghai into an international shipping centre and free trade zone". He added: "We're also responding to the ministry of transport's recommendations on building smart and environmentally friendly ships, and for shipping companies and shipbuilders to establish mutually beneficial and win-win relationships." The latest order brings CULines' orderbook to 10, including four 1,900 TEU ships at Wenchong and two 2,400 TEU vessels at Yangzijiang. On January 31, the company applied to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, but gave no timeframe. CULines' orders stretches SWS's success in clinching orders for 7.000 TEU vessels. Mr Wang said SWS has now 30 orders, for clients such as X-Press Feeders, TS Lines and Seaspan.

CU Lines orders 7,000 teu boxship pair at Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding

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China United Lines (CU Lines) has placed an order at CSSC Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) for two 7,000 teu containerships. Katherine Si | Feb 28, 2022 Designed by SDARI, the boxship pair is in 272.5 metres length and 42.8 metres width, meeting the requirements of EEDI III and Tier III. Equipped with AMP system and scrubber, the two vessels are efficient and environment-friendly.  It is the first time CU Lines has ordered from Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. With the signing of the two 7,000 teu containerships, Waigaoqiao has maintained its position as the world’s largest intermediate container shipbuilder, said Waigaoqiao. Related: CU Lines orders boxship pair from Huangpu Wenchong With the addition of the two 7,000 teu containerships, the order on hand of the same type of vessel for Waigaoqiao is reaching 30. Earlier in February, CU Lines ordered two 2,700 teu containerships at CSSC’s Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard.

Covid testing causes renewed congestion in Ningbo-Shanghai

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SHIPS were making the switch to Shanghai from Ningbo to avoid Covid delays which has thwarted trucking services, according to forwarders, reports Bloomberg. Those diversions are adding to the new wave of congestion facing China's ports as an increasing number of cities deal with the Covid scare. Strict testing of dockers and truckers ahead of Chinese New Year at the end of this month is further stressing already strained supply chains as the Covid scare heads into its third year. In the country's technology hub of Shenzhen in the south, testing of residents and truckers to contain an outbreak means a queue of ships has formed at the port. That's caused the Shekou terminal to start restricting the acceptance of goods, meaning that full containers can only be trucked in three days before vessels are due to arrive, the terminal operator said. Meanwhile, the northern Chinese city of Tianjin ordered workers to take a half-day break for Covid testing as officials try to contain the spread of the omicron variant. Trucking capacity is estimated to be half normal levels, and drivers are required to be tested daily before entering the port, said Alex Hersham, CEO of digital freight-forwarder Zencargo.    

Shanghai retains crown as the world’s busiest container port

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Container volume at Shanghai port in 2021 ranked number one globally for the 12 consecutive years amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Katherine Si | Jan 05, 2022 The port posted a container volume of over 47m teu in 2021, including 32m teu for international trading, an increase of around 3% year-on-year, and 6.3m teu for domestic market, an increase of around 2.3%. In 2021, international transhipment container volume at Shanghai port exceeded 6m teu for the first time, up around 13.4% year-on-year. Related: Shanghai port opens new centre to ease empty container shortage Shanghai Port is accelerating its digital transformation and improving port operation efficiency, exploring more innovations for ensuring the stable operation of supply chain. 

V. Group Shanghai issued Chinese seafarer recruitment license

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Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration has issued qualification certificate for seafarer recruitment and placement service to V.Group’s new office registered in Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone Ling-Gang Special Area. Katherine Si | Dec 15, 2021 V.Group’s new unit in Shanghai is a sole proprietorship of V. Group, which could directly recruit and deploy Chinese seafarers for the ships managed by the group after acquiring the qualification certificate for seafarer recruitment and placement service.  “The company will provide integrated full-life circle service for seafarers and develop a Chinese crew center for V. Group, providing high-quality services to ships engaged in international shipping for Chinese and overseas owners and ship management companies,” said Wu Su, head of V.Group (Shanghai).   Related: Chinese seafarers’ basic salary to increase 7% from 2022 V.Group provides a full range of ship management and marine support services to ship owners and operators around the globe, having access to an international network of over 44,000 seafarers, covering all areas of ship management and crewing.

Shanghai Salvage contracted for X-Press Pearl wreck removal

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Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) have been appointed for the wreck removal of the X-Press Pearl off Sri Lanka. Marcus Hand | Dec 08, 2021 Singapore-owner X-Press Feeders said a contract for the wreck removal was signed with SSC on 2 December and the salvor had established a project team and mobilised the necessary equipment. The owners had previously said the wreck of the X-Press Pearl was resting on the seabed at a depth of 21 metres with wreck removal delayed until after Sri Lanka’s southwestern monsoon season from May – September. Related: Monsoon delays X-Press Pearl wreck removal “The wreck removal team will be supported by response tugs on a 24-hour watch to deal with debris or forms of pollutants. Regular water sampling will be ongoing at the site, with representatives of ITOPF and Oil Spill Response ready to respond immediately, if required,” X-Press Feeders said. The X-Press Pearl started to sink on June 2 after a container fire burned on the vessel for two weeks. Explosions were reported from the vessel in late May. The crew were safely evacuated, with two crew hospitalised for leg injuries. Related: X-Press Pearl disaster underlines need for action on dangerous goods handling Resolve Marine has recovery of the containers and debris that were lost overboard during the vessel fire and sinking. The ship's Russian Master was arrested and released on bail on suspicion of committing offences under the Marine Pollution Prevention Act. Eight crew members remain in a hotel in Colombo and have not been allowed to leave Sri Lanka since the casualty. X-Press Feeders said it continued to with the Sri Lankan authorities towards the repatriation of the eight remaining crew. Meanwhile the Sri Lankan authorities have submitted their second compensation claim. X-Press Feeder said the claim was, “being reviewed by the vessel owners P&I Club and discussions are ongoing”.

DNV and Atlas establish Shanghai Joint Collaboration Space

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DNV and Atlas Corp shipping arm Seaspan Corporation have set up an Atlas-Seaspan and DNV Joint Collaboration Space (JCS) in Shanghai. Katherine Si | Oct 29, 2021 Bing Chen, Atlas President said “The establishment of a JCS in Shanghai marks a significant milestone of the partnership between the two entities. The JCS shall serve as an interactive platform for expertise across the two entities to exchange experiences and insights. We look forward to the strengthening of our collaboration and joint expansion into new areas including onshore and offshore renewable energies, decarbonization and digitalization, which Atlas has been strategically focusing on.” Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV Maritime CEO, said: “The JCS in Shanghai is a new and exciting dimension of our strategic partnership, ensuring easy access to expertise in decarbonization and digitalization, and deeper cooperation between our leadership teams in Asia.” Related: Liberian Registry and DNV award AiP to HHI CO2 carrier design DNV and Seaspan’s collaboration spans more than two decades. DNV has been an instrumental partner in Seaspan’s rapid container fleet development which now comprises 201 vessels including newbuilds, with the majority of ships classed by DNV. The JCS shall continue to support ongoing and future newbuild programs of Seaspan in Asia, and further facilitate new areas of cooperation beyond the maritime industry, such as renewable energy and R&D. Related: DNV Maritime boss highlights seafarer crisis once again Norbert Kray, DNV Maritime Regional Manager for Greater China, said: “It’s our great honor to host this collaboration space in our Shanghai headquarters. Seaspan has ordered 70 ships since 2020, of which 60 will be built in Chinese shipyards, the majority under DNV class. I believe the JCS will play an instrumental role in delivering these projects safely, to time and to the highest quality.”