China: CSC Jinling Shipyard Secures Contract for Four Bulk Carriers
CSC Jinling Shipyard, major Chinese state-owned shipbuilding enterprise, has received an order for construction of four 64,000 dwt bulk carriers from Queensland Nickel Group. According to the shipyard, the bulkers will incorporate modern design, tailored on the needs of nickel ore transportation.
The order forms part of the Australian billionaire, owner of the Queensland Nickel Group, Clive Palmer’s establishment of a new shipping business, called Asia Pacific Shipping Enterprises, which is designated to service the Group’s ore freight activities, Sino Ship News site informs.
Asia Pacific Shipping Enterprises will operate a fleet of ships out of Singapore, within the plan of the company’s expanding across Asian and the South Pacific market.
The Group’s cooperation with CSC Jinling is not limited to the order, because the shipyard represents the main manufacturer of the Palmer’s 21st century model of the Titanic, a plan led by another of his companies, namely the Blue Star Line.
World Maritime News Staff, July 24, 2012; Image: CSC Jinling Shipyard