Fujian Shipping Group

Captain Shishir Nishikant Patange, a pilot employed by the Deendayal Port Authority, sustained injuries during an accident on a gangway, an incident he alleges occurred despite crew warnings about its instability. This accident involves the MV Jin Hai Hua, a handysize bulk carrier with a 44K DWT capacity, built in 2012 and managed by Fujian Shipping. The shipowner claims that Captain Patange ignored the warnings. Fujian Shipping, a company based in Fujian, is on the verge of securing the release of the MV Jin Hai Hua following its arrest due to the allegations made by the injured Indian pilot. Captain Patange believes his maritime career is effectively over due to the severe injuries he suffered when the gangway he was boarding collapsed. Fujian Shipping has reportedly reached a settlement with Captain Patange, who was seriously injured after the gangway he was using to board the ship overturned at a dockside. Despite this, Fujian Shipping refutes allegations that the gangway’s collapse at Deendayal Port in India resulted from neglect by its vessel, leading to the pilot’s arrest. Captain Patange resorted to filing an admiralty arrest to seek compensation for injuries that, he claims, have prematurely ended his shipping career. In a rare legal move, Captain Patange obtained an arrest warrant against the MV Jin Hai Hua for a personal injury claim, a seldom-seen action in maritime law. On March 4, 2024, while tasked with undocking the MV Jin Hai Hua from the Deendayal Port Jetty, he alleges that the gangway overturned as he was ascending it, causing him to fall and sustain severe injuries to his left wrist, including severance, crushing, and fractures. This accident led to an immediate hospitalization, where it was determined that he would suffer permanent loss of mobility in his left hand, despite surgical intervention. According to his legal representation at the High Court of Gujarat in Ahmedabad, this injury has rendered him incapable of continuing his career as a pilot, leading to a permanent loss of income. Captain Patange has accused the MV Jin Hai Hua and its owner, Fujian Shipping, of negligence for not properly securing and monitoring the gangway. The 42-year-old pilot is now suing for approximately $822,000 in damages for pain, suffering, and lost income potential until what would have been his retirement at age 65, in addition to legal fees and interest. Captain Patange’s legal team has stated that while the full extent of damages is still being assessed, he reserves the right to increase the claim amount. It was also mentioned that the Deendayal Port Authority has accepted responsibility for his injuries and has barred the MV Jin Hai Hua from departing the port. However, there was concern that the port authority might allow the ship to leave once investigations are completed, prompting the arrest to ensure the ship remains until a settlement is reached. This case is notable for its rarity, especially given the legal implications and the undertaking the plaintiff must provide to compensate any damages awarded by the court against the vessel. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the ship’s owner, Fujian Shipping, is based in China, raising uncertainties about the vessel’s return to India. The arrest is expected to be lifted once the MV Jin Hai Hua’s protection and indemnity provider, the UK P&I Club, posts security with the court. 28-March-2024


Fujian Shipping Group recently commissioned the construction of two ultramax bulk carriers, entrusting the project to Nantong Xiangyu Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering, a fellow Chinese shipbuilder. These carriers, each with a deadweight of 64,000 tons, are scheduled for completion in 2025, as per data from Clarksons Research. While the exact cost remains undisclosed, market estimates suggest a price tag of around $33 million for vessels of this type. Over the past year, Nantong Xiangyu Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering has successfully promoted its proprietary designs for 63,500 dwt and 79,900 dwt bulk carriers, attracting both domestic and international buyers to its shipyard in eastern China. Established in 2016 through the acquisition of Minde Shipyard, this shipbuilder also specializes in constructing chemical tankers, in addition to bulk carriers. Fujian Shipping Group’s current fleet comprises 10 vessels: three (3) bulk carriers, five (5) general cargo ships, and two (2) multi-purpose vessels (MPP). 13-November-2023


The state-run Fujian Shipping Company (Fusco), a subsidiary of the Fujian Provincial Communication Transportation Group, has recently launched a dedicated shipmanagement unit named Zhongping Shipmanagement. This move is a significant strategic initiative for Fujian Shipping Company (Fusco), marking a key step in their plan to expand their light asset business and diversify operational activities. The state-run Fujian Shipping Company (Fusco), known for its fleet operations, currently has a fleet of 20 bulk carriers. The establishment of Zhongping Shipmanagement is expected to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their fleet management, aligning with the company’s broader objectives of business diversification and growth within the maritime sector. This development underscores Fujian Shipping Company’s (Fusco) commitment to adapting and expanding its role in the shipping industry. 13-July-2020


An incident at Xixiakou Shipyard involving the MV Jin Hai Xiang, a 69,000 DWT bulk carrier built in 1994, resulted in 19 injuries. This incident occurred while the vessel, part of the Fujian Shipping Group’s fleet, was undergoing its routine five-year special survey. In response, Fujian Shipping Group has dispatched a team to the shipyard to contribute to the ongoing investigation. The MV Jin Hai Xiang is one of the 26 bulk carriers operated by Fujian Shipping Group. The injured individuals from the MV Jin Hai Xiang have been hospitalized, and their conditions are reported to be stable. 26-May-2019


Guangdong Yudean Shipping, the maritime division of the state-owned Yudean Group, has recently forged an agreement with Fujian Shipping Group, initiating a series of collaborative ventures in areas such as ship chartering, crew management, and the integration of shipping resources. Marking their first joint initiative, the two entities have completed a ship chartering deal. Under this agreement, Yudean Shipping will charter the MV Dong Fang Sheng, a panamax bulk carrier built in 1990, from Fujian Shipping Group for the duration of this year. This partnership signals the beginning of what is expected to be a series of further chartering arrangements between Yudean Shipping and Fujian Shipping Group. Currently, Yudean Shipping operates a diverse fleet of 23 bulk carriers, which includes panamax, post-panamax, and supramax bulk carriers. This collaboration underscores the growing synergy between major shipping enterprises in China, aiming to optimize maritime operations and resource utilization. 9-May-2018


Fujian, located on China’s southeast coast, has long been a pivotal maritime hub. It gained historical significance when the renowned explorer Zheng He embarked on his inaugural voyage from Quanzhou, Fujian, in 1405, marking a significant chapter in China’s maritime history. To bolster its maritime influence, the Fujian Provincial Communication Transportation Group consolidated major shipping entities in the region to form the Fujian Shipping Group at the end of 2014. This new entity amalgamated the three largest shipping companies in Fujian—Fujian Shipping Company, Xiamen Shipping Company, and Orient Shipping Company—along with over 40 smaller firms. As a result, Fujian Shipping Group emerged as the leading shipping and crew management organization in the province, boasting a fleet of 45 vessels. Yang Jinchang, previously the general manager of Fujian Shipping Company, was appointed as the general manager of the newly formed Fujian Shipping Group. The annual cargo throughput in Fujian exceeds 300 million tons. Historically, 90% of this was handled by non-local shipping companies, but the formation of Fujian Shipping Group is set to gradually change this dynamic. The group has strategically divided business sectors among its major companies: Fujian Shipping Company now specializes in bulk shipping, Orient Shipping in container shipping, and Xiamen Shipping focuses on passenger transport after transferring its bulk assets to Fujian Shipping Company. The consolidation under Fujian Shipping Group has optimized the region’s fleet assets and enhanced its maritime capabilities. It serves as a model for promoting mergers and alliances in the local shipping industry, particularly in response to market downturns. In line with Beijing’s push for maritime mergers during economic challenges, the Fujian Free Trade Zone (FTZ) was inaugurated, following the examples of Shanghai, Tianjin, and Guangzhou. Spanning 118 square kilometers across Fuzhou, Xiamen, and Pingtan, the Fujian FTZ aims to intensify trade between mainland China and Taiwan, a venture from which Fujian Shipping Group is poised to benefit significantly. Fujian Shipping Group is authorized by the Ministry of Transport to operate direct container services to Taiwan and plans to expand its China-Taiwan services. The group anticipates a surge in shipping demand, correlating with the commencement of various steel and power projects in Fujian. Additionally, Fujian Shipping Group is restructuring its port assets. Significant developments include the 2014 restructuring of Xiamen Port and the establishment of Putian Port Group, integrating port assets in Meizhou Bay. Fujian’s government has outlined plans to centralize container shipping in Xiamen and Jiangyin ports, dry bulk in Luoyuanwan and north Meizhou Bay, and liquid bulk in Zhangzhou and south Meizhou Bay. Fujian Shipping Group envisages that the concurrent development of shipping and port sectors will attract more traders and suppliers, stimulating the entire industrial chain and solidifying its role in regional economic advancement. 6-August-2015


The Fujian Provincial Communication Transportation Group is currently in the process of establishing the Fujian Shipping Group, a major initiative that aims to consolidate over forty (40) shipping companies from Fuzhou, Xiamen, Hong Kong, and Taipei. This integration will result in a formidable fleet of 45 ships, positioning Fujian Shipping Group as the largest shipping conglomerate in the Fujian region. Upon its establishment, which is anticipated by the end of this year, Fujian Shipping Group will manage a diverse range of maritime services. These will include operations in bulk shipping, container shipping, and passenger shipping, specifically focusing on routes between Fujian and Taiwan. Moreover, there are plans to venture into the cruise business, indicating a broadening of their service offerings in the future. This strategic consolidation represents a significant step in enhancing the maritime capabilities of Fujian Province and is expected to play a pivotal role in the region’s economic growth and maritime influence. 15-October-2014