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One small ship delivered for Changxing on path to the top

Shanghai: Chinese builder Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co on December 18 delivered a 16,400-dwt chemical tanker, the Sten Arnold (pictured) completed at its Shanghai Changxing Shipbuilding Base, to its Norwegian owner, according to China Ship News. The Sten Arnold marked the first newbuilding completed at Shanghai Changxing Shipbuilding, a yard with pretensions to become the world's largest.
Shanghai Changxing SB Base is a large-scale shipyard now under construction on Changxing Island at the Yangtze River mouth as the relocation site for Jiangnan Shipyard. Most of the workers at the base are from Jiangnan Shipyard. The Jiangnan yard had to evacuate its site for the Shanghai World Expo to be held in 2010.
At Changxing, the shipbuilding base's No.1 line will be operated by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, No.2 line by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and No.3 line by Jiangnan Shipyard all under the state umbrella ownership of CSSC. The Changxing base has so far bagged orders for VLCCs, capesize bulk carriers and large containerships. Hong Kong investor Citic Pacific earlier this month ordered a number of bulk carriers at the yard. Phase two construction started this month. [28/12/07]


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