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Ningbo truck strike flares up again, becomes violent

Ningbo truck strike flares up again, becomes violent

Shanghai: The truckers' strike in Ningbo has flared again, and this time the action has descended into violence. Up to 7,000 truck drivers, made up from smaller, independent trucking firms, have been campaigning for higher pay. They went on strike for one day on Monday before authorities came in promising to hike pay. With strikes and protests frowned upon by Beijing most local reports of the protest were then wiped from Chinese media.

CSC Phoenix auctions vessel

CSC Phoenix auctions vesselShanghai: CSC Phoenix announced that it will auction one of its vessels “Yao Hai” at Beijing Equity Exchange under the request of creditor China Merchants Bank (CMB). The vessel was pledged to CMB in 2008 in a RMB75m loan deal. ...

CITIC Bank provides RMB600m financing to QQCTU

CITIC Bank provides RMB600m financing to QQCTUDalian: CITIC Bank announced that it has sealed a deal with Qingdao Qianwan United Container Terminal Co (QQCTU) to provide RMB600m financing to support the development of the company. QQCTU is a joint venture between China Merch...

Sohmen argues overcapacity benefits China

Sohmen argues overcapacity benefits ChinaHong Kong: China is playing a very long-term game with its overall shipping plans, one of the world’s best known names in shipping has told this site. Speaking with SinoShip News, Dr Helmut Sohmen, chairman of the BW Group, discus...

Ningbo port gets back to work as truckers strike dissipates

Ningbo port gets back to work as truckers strike dissipates Shanghai: The strike brought by truck drivers at the port city of Ningbo which brought considerable disruption to local supply chains is over. The majority of the striking truckers, demanding better pay, came from smaller, independe...

Zengzhou Shipbuilding awarded five bulker deal

Zengzhou Shipbuilding awarded five bulker dealShanghai: Zhejiang Zengzhou Shipbuilding has secured shipbuilding contracts from US company Marine Capital for the contruction of five 33,200dwt handysize bulkers. The vessels will fly the Marshall Island flag and be classified b...

Anhui allocates RMB1.1bn to river vessel scrapping subsidy

Anhui allocates RMB1.1bn to river vessel scrapping subsidyShanghai: Anhui Maritime Safety Bureau announced that it has allocated RMB1.1bn to a ship scrapping subsidy in a response to the Ministry of Transport’s call to standardize inland river vessels. RMB660m of the subsidy will be prov...

Navibulgar orders at Hongqiang

Navibulgar orders at HongqiangShanghai: Navibulgar has contracted four firm plus two options of Bluetech 42 designed bulk carriers at Hongqiang shipyard. Bluetech 42 is a new handysize bulk carrier developed by Finland’s Foreship BlueTech. The 42,300 dwt s...

Court to auction off seven Lanhai Shipping vessels

Court to auction off seven Lanhai Shipping vesselsGuangzhou: Guangzhou Maritime Court announced that it will auction seven vessels of Guangdong Lanhai Shipping at the request of China Construction Bank (CCB). Guangdong Lanyue Energy Development signed a loan agreement with China...

Truck fleet strike at Ningbo port

Truck fleet strike at Ningbo portShanghai: More than 100 container truck owners started a strike and protest at Ningbo Beilun port yesterday morning. The owners have requested to increase trucking freight rates and claimed that the rate hasn’t been increased f...

Qingdao Port involved in two more court cases

Qingdao Port involved in two more court casesDalian: Hong Kong-listed Qingdao Port announced Pacorini Metals Logistics has filed two lawsuits against the company and Qingdao Hongtu Logistics at Qingdao Maritime Court. Pacorini Logistics claimed that it suffered damage from ...

New Hainan LNG terminal ready

Doha: Qatargas has delivered the first cargo of LNG to China National Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC)’s new Hainan LNG terminal. The cargo arrived on a Q-Max class LNG vessel and will be used to commission the new LNG terminal.

Taizhou Sanfu seals eight heavy-lift vessels

Shanghai: Taizhou Sanfu Shipbuilding has signed contracts with Danish owner Nordana for the construction of eight 12,000dwt multi-purpose heavy lift vessels. Deliveries are schedules from the second quarter of 2015 to the second half of 2016. Nord...

Honghua awarded first tanker order

Shanghai: Hong Kong-listed Honghua Group announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment (Honghua Offshore) has entered into shipbuilding contracts with Korean company UDIN Engineering for the construction of six oil t...

CSC Phoenix looks to raise $25m

Shenzhen: A listed dry bulk division of Sinotrans & CSC, CSC Phoenix, is looking to raise up to $25m by selling 73m shares. The money will pay back debts. The shares will be sold by tender on September 3. CSC Phoenix saw its shares suspended on the S...

VLGC on fire at Jiangnan Changxing

Shanghai: An 80,000dwt VLGC under construction at Jiangnan Changxing shipyard caught fire yesterday afternoon. The fire was put out after two hours without casualty or injury and authorities are now investigating the case. A similar 80,000dwt VLGC...

Sainty Marine shuffles management

Shanghai: Sainty Marine has announced that the company’s president Wang Junmin, general manager Li Jiu, and director Wei Qingwen, have all resigned from their positions under the request of the company’s controlling shareholder Jiangsu Guoxin Inv...

SIPG to sell 20 percent equity in Mingdong Container Terminal

Shanghai: Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) announced that it has listed its 20% equity in Shanghai Mingdong Container Terminal (SMCT) for sale at Shanghai United Assets and Equity Exchange. SMCT is a joint venture between SIPG and Hutchiso...

Chinese ship quarantined in Cape Verde

Shanghai: A Chinese flag ship has been quarantined near of Pássaros in São Vicente, Cape Verde for Ebola precautions. The country’s Minister of Health, Cristina Fontes, confirmed the Chinese ship left Sierra Leone on 31st July and is off the por...

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Perilous cargo

Gareth Williams from Holman Fenwick Willan on the carriage of sulphur into China

Perilous cargo

A carrier's core obligation under the Hague Rules is, before the voyage begins, to prepare his vessel for the receipt and carriage of the contractual cargo so as to make it fit to meet the reasonably anticipated perils of the voyage, so far as that can be achieved by due diligence. Carriage of sulphur calls for special preparatory steps to separate the cargo from the steel holds, usually in the form of applying limewash or other more modern hold block/slip coat to the holds before loading. But this is more to protect the ship from the cargo than the other way around, because of the corrosive properties of sulphur. However a spate of recent cases involving deliveries into China has highlighted how failure to achieve proper separation between the holds and the cargo can lead to a cargo claim due to contamination of the sulphur by the corrosion product which results from the reaction between the steel and the sulphur if the hold block breaks down. The corrosion product is jet black, which contrasts vividly with the bright yellow sulphur, and gives a buyer who may be reluctant to take delivery in a falling market an obvious pretext to reject the cargo or claim against the carrier to make good a market loss.
 
But is the cargo truly damaged? Not really. Sulphur is generally used for production of sulphuric acid, a process which requires it to pass through several stages in which foreign matter is melted, settled or filtered out. At most the sulphur suffers cosmetically from discolouration, which however has no economic consequence.
 
And if it is damaged, is the carrier in reality legally responsible? That depends on why the hold block broke down. If the cause was sloppy application in the first place that would probably attract liability. However the problem is just as likely to result from breakdown of properly applied block when a voyage is prolonged beyond its normal duration, and as a matter of English law that is  ...   More>>