OPINION | FONOPs send a message – but they don’t speak for themselves

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey conducts routine underway operations.in the South China Sea, November 3, 2023.

The Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) program run by the US Department of Defense has become a symbol of China-US naval competition and of the West’s advocacy for a rules-based order. Operational assertions are thrust into the limelight whenever China responds to one. And barely any US...


Four missing after cargo ship hits bridge in Guangdong, China

Authorities in Guangdong province in southern China have reported that four people have gone missing after the vessel they were serving on struck a bridge in the city of Foshan on Monday, April 22. The unidentified vessel was transporting 4,900 tonnes of steel coil between the provinces of Heshan...


VESSEL REVIEW | Boqiang 3060 – Chinese construction firm places large-capacity installation jackup into service

Boqiang Heavy Industry's wind turbine installation vessel Boqiang 3060

Chinese shipbuilder CIMC Raffles has handed over a new large jackup wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) to compatriot private offshore wind construction company Boqiang Heavy Industry. The aptly named Boqiang 3060 (博强3060; “Broad Power 3060”) was designed and built by CIMC Raffles in compliance to China Classification Society (CCS) rules as well as standards covering […]

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Report: China responsible for human rights abuses and illegal fishing across the Southwest Indian Ocean

Commercial fishing vessel

The Chinese fishing fleet is responsible for systemic illegal fishing and human rights abuses in countries bordering the Southwest Indian Ocean (SWIO), undercutting China’s claims of supporting sustainable development and thriving blue economies in the region, according to a new report published by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). China’s distant-water fleet (DWF) is by far […]

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China e-commerce exports, unreliable Red Sea shipping boost air cargo

Resurgent air cargo demand and rising rates, powered by the quasi-blockade of Red Sea shipping and continued growth in bookings by Chinese e-commerce platforms, during a normally slow shipping period is creating high expectations among air carriers for peak season and making logistics providers nervous about securing adequate capacity. 

Air cargo demand has grown by double digits for four consecutive months, while rates have risen steadily since late February. The strength of the market rebound...


VESSEL REFIT | Haigang Zhiyuan – Chemical tanker re-enters service as China’s first methanol bunkering ship

Haigang Zhiyuan, the Port of Shanghai's newest methanol bunkering ship

Zhoushan Putuo Changhong Shipyard in China has completed conversion works on a locally-owned chemical tanker to enable it to operate as a bunkering vessel that will serve ships running on methanol. Haigang Zhiyuan (海港致远) is classed by China Classification Society (CCS), which said the vessel is the...


COLUMN | On the edge? McDermott, Petrofac, The Metals Company and Cadeler [Offshore Accounts]

Lady Gaga famously sang that she was “on the edge of glory”. This week, we look at four companies on the edge of….well, something. Let’s check in on two construction companies, a subsea mining venture, and our favourite wind turbine installer. McDermott on the edge Finally, a judge in the UK has...


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