Thanks for the post.
I am also in China, working out of Qidong, about an hour out of Shanghai. We have most items sent to Singers from Europe directly, usually two containers full. All local items bought are just to get the ship down to Singapore where all spares and tools are then stored up. As part of the Technical Agreement the yard is to provide all critical spares, so the ships don't go out empty handed so to speak. When it comes to tools what we are getting for the ships maiden voyage is relatively good, Makita/Dewalt/Fluke/etc. so it isn't the worst of gear, apart from the metal stock, chain blocks and lifting gear. But again it's just to get down to Singapore. As I don't deal with the chandler as such we seem to be doing ok it seems. I'll pass on the contact though just to see if the pricing is comparable.