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Rongsheng Heavy Gains on Offshore Order: Hong Kong Mover

China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Holdings Ltd. jumped the most in a year in Hong Kong trading as a new manager and an order to build a tender barge stoked optimism about the company’s push into the offshore-equipment market.

The shipbuilder, China’s biggest outside state control, surged 14 percent, the most since Oct. 27 last year, to HK$1.58 at close of trading. There were 24 trades of 1 million shares or more, and the 181 million shares traded were more than five times the stock’s three month average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The tender-barge order marks a breakthrough for Shanghai-based Rongsheng as it’s the company’s first in the offshore-engineering sector, according to Barclays Plc. The shipbuilder has also hired Don Lee, a former Sembcorp Marine Ltd. executive, and formed a dedicated offshore unit in Singapore as it seeks orders from energy companies to offset waning demand for dry-bulk ships.

“Don Lee is very well-known in the marketing and operations of offshore products,” said Shanghai-based UOB Kay Hian Holdings Ltd. analyst Lawrence Li. “The market is expecting that he’ll bring in more offshore orders.”

Ten-day historical volatility on the stock climbed to the highest level since Aug. 9, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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Lee has worked in the industry for 40 years, and was previously senior general manager at Sembcorp Marine’s Jurong Shipyard, Rongsheng said in a statement yesterday. Singapore-based Sembcorp is the world’s biggest oil-rig maker after Keppel Corp.

Rongsheng won the tender-barge order from a Norwegian customer, it said without elaboration. The unit will have a maximum working depth of 2,000 meters and a drilling depth of 6,000 meters, according to the statement.

The company’s first-half net income fell 82 percent to 215.8 million yuan ($35 million) as a global glut of commodity ships depressed orders and prices.

A company controlled by Rongsheng Chairman Zhang Zhi Rong, Wells Advantage Ltd., also last week agreed to pay $14 million to resolve U.S. regulatory claims that it profited from illegal trades before Cnooc Ltd. announced plans to buy Nexen Inc.

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