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Shipbuilding and Scrapping

Industry-watchers like to use a number of metrics to gauge the health of shipping. The Baltic Dry Index is one; the world idle fleet another. Here we take a look at another indicator: the orderbook – or, more precisely, shipyards, which are in the frontline of any improvements or declines in industry health. Shipyards are in a precarious position. A strong orderbook should be good for business; more ships mean more work. But too many orders can tip the fleet bal­ance into a glut and, as we have seen for the past seven years at least, that can lead to a prolonged curtailment of orders. It is a vicious cycle that gets repeated again and again.


No more finance for foreign-yard newbuilds, China's leasing houses told

Move might take a toll on South Korean shipbuilders that have yet to recover from the financial woe

Asia Pacific Containers Dry Bulk

Weak newbuilding recovery fails to lift yard sentiment

Activity in main shipping sectors still at a historically low level

Asia Pacific China South Korea

Yard Talk | LNG may be a saviour for Korean and Singaporean players

Booming global LNG trades to bring business opportunities in building tankers and offshore units

South Korea Singapore Shipbuilding

DSME looks to compete with Chinese rivals on technical expertise

South Korean yards being challenged by Chinese builders backed by government financing

Asia Pacific South Korea China

Class takes on shipbuilding balancing act

Regulations, digitalisation and weak markets will mean even greater dependency on class


Classification Shipbuilding International

Building up their arsenals

Is Cosco poised to challenge European lines’ dominance of container shipping?


Shipbreakers brace for regulatory upheaval

Termination of Beijing’s scrap-and-build scheme could prompt Chinese owners and scrapyards to interact more with international markets 

Asia Pacific India Bangladesh

Shipping’s ‘health-ometer’

A spotlight on shipyards shows China’s influence continues to be felt
Shipbuilding Ship Recycling China

Korean bank struggles to get money back from shipping and yards

About 75% of the Export-Import Bank of Korea’s non-performing loans come from shipping and shipbuilding firms 

Asia Pacific South Korea DSME

Grimaldi brothers raise the bar in clean ship technologies

Italian group leading by example with investments in a new class of ultra-clean ro-ro ferries

Europe Italy Containers

Is the EU Ship Recycling Regulation a lame duck?

Twenty-two non-European shipyards are fighting for the EU’s good graces, none of which are expected to make the list before the end of this year
Asia Pacific Europe India

Latest From Shipbuilding & Ship Recycling

Romania takes majority stake in Daewoo-Mangalia shipyard

Damen to transfer 2% stake in the shipyard to state-owned firm 2 Mai Mangalia in return for the acquisition to go through

Europe Romania

Greek-owned fleet capacity expands by 4% as crude tanker share rises

Last 12 months have seen a slight rise in Greeks’ share of world fleet

International Europe

Data Hub: World Boxship Fleet Update: 14,000 teu class back in vogue

With the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, the Panama Canal widening and dredging programmes at US east coast ports, vessels of 10,000 teu-15,000 teu can call at more terminals than ever before

International Containers Data Hub

Liner network changes set to add 8.8% to Asia-Europe capacity

New vessels and loops bring major shake-up to east-west and north-south trades, pointing to downwards pressure on rates or numerous blank sailings

Asia Pacific Europe

Wilhelmsen venture gives access to Chinese newbuilding services market

Company to work with local partner in drydock planning and management, scrubber retrofit project management and ballast water treatment project management

Asia Pacific China

Chinese shipbuilder and leasing outfit target more Greek business

SWS and CMB Financial Leasing underline importance of Greek custom to their plans

Asia Pacific Europe

STX O&S employees to launch strike action tomorrow over fresh job cuts

South Korean shipbuilder expects up to 500 production employees to resign voluntarily

Asia Pacific South Korea

Is the time ripe for VLCC demolitions?

The narrowing gap between older tonnage and scrap values might lead to further scrapping

International Ship operations

Zhuhai Port enters into venture with shipping firm to tap steel demand growth

Joint venture will initially invest $30m on acquiring three multipurpose vessels, comprised of one secondhand and two newbuilds

Asia Pacific China
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