Monday, February 6, 2023
HomeHeadlinesChinese Shipbuilders to see surge in orders this year


To our FREE newsletter
Get all the latest maritime news delivered straight to your inbox.

Chinese Shipbuilders to see surge in orders this year

China’s shipbuilding sector will enter a high-growth period this year, driven by soaring demand of global maritime trade and many shipping groups’ moves to adopt smart and green vessels, industry officials said on Monday.

Chinese shipyards completed orders of 23.18 million dead weight tons (DWT) for both domestic and foreign shipowners in the first half, accounting for 47.4 percent of the world’s total in this area, data released by the Beijing-based Chinese Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry showed.

In the meantime, they received new orders of 28.39 million DWT, taking up 43.6 percent of the world’s total in this category. Their executed orders amounted to 80.96 million DWT during the six-month period.

With the growth rate of maritime trade exceeding the fleet growth rate of the Baltic Dry Bulk Index, a shipping index measuring change in the transportation cost of raw materials, exceeding 3,500 points, this ends the long-term downturn in the shipping market over the past 10 years, said Li Yanqing, CANSI’s secretary-general.

“There will be many orders in the second half, and global annual new ship transaction volume will definitely exceed 90 million DWT,” Li said. “Therefore, we have reason to believe that a new shipbuilding cycle has begun.”

“There has been blowout growth in container ship orders in the first half. Our orders for container vessels, especially those 16,000- and 17,000-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) ships, doubled compared with the same period last year,” said Zheng Wei, vice-president of CSSC-Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd, a Liaoning province-based subsidiary of State-owned China State Shipbuilding Corp.

“We currently have reached the number of orders seen for the whole of last year. These ship orders were placed while many major shipping companies announced new orders in the past few months, even as freight costs for container ships reached historic highs,” he said.

Qu Rongze, vice-president of Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co, a joint venture formed by China COSCO Shipping Corp and Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, said the company has gained orders of more than 20 bulk and container vessels so far this year, and its production plan has been filled up to the beginning of 2024.

Even though the company no longer worries about orders, the increase in steel prices this year has put heavy pressure on its operations as it usually takes 10,000 metric tons of steel to build a large-size bulk carrier, Qu said, adding that his company has had to negotiate the supply price with steel plants every quarter since October last year.

Steel accounts for more than 20 percent of total shipbuilding costs and is the most costly part in the whole process. As the price of steel has risen by 50 percent since the beginning of the year, the 10 percent increase in ship prices this year has not brought substantial improvement to the earnings of shipyards, at least for the next year, he said.

As the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency under the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping, has issued a series of new standards for carbon energy efficiency and various indicators of ships in recent years, this reality has pushed a large number of shipping companies to speed up the replacement of their older ships.

Under such circumstances, China’s shipbuilding industry has been adopting new technologies to achieve green transformation. Alternative fuels have now become the most important area of technological innovation in the shipping business, such as engines powered by ammonia, liquefied natural gas and methanol, as well as hydrogen powered engines in the future.

This will provide China’s shipbuilding industry an opportunity to change lanes and overtake competitors in the global market, said Chen Jun, president of Shanghai-based CSSC-Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co Ltd, another subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp.

Many Chinese shipyards have accelerated the development pace of intelligent manufacturing and high-end ships, said Dong Liwan, a professor of shipbuilding at Shanghai Maritime University.

“From a long-term perspective, self-driving and smart vessels are future directions. Domestic shipbuilders need to grasp the opportunities to catch up with global rivals in the field,” Dong said.

Source: China Daily

Related Posts


Finance & Economy
Shipping News

LNG boosts CPLP 2022 results

Capital Product Partners L.P. released its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2022. Highlights  Three-month periods ended December 31, 20222021Increase/(Decrease)Revenues$79.9 million$63.6 million26%Expenses$42.1 million$35.7...

Keppel Corp posts 9% drop in full-year profit

Singapore’s Keppel Corp said on Thursday its net profit for the year fell 9%, partly hurt by weak performance from its urban development business...

Stolt-Nielsen sees Q4 profits rise on strong markets

Stolt-Nielsen Limited reported unaudited results for the fourth quarter and full year 2022. The Company reported a fourth-quarter net profit of $95.3 million, with revenue...

Euronav delivers better-than-expected Q4 revenue

Euronav NV reported its non-audited financial results for the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2022. Hugo De Stoop, CEO of Euronav said: “Constrained vessel supply...

Wartsila: A challenging year with strong annual growth

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OCTOBER–DECEMBER 2022 Order intake decreased by 24% to EUR 1,638 million (2,150)Service order intake increased by 6% to EUR 791 million (747)Net sales...

Baltic index hits over 2-year trough on waning demand for larger vessels

The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index dropped to its lowest level in...

Luxury Cruise Market Holds Much Promise For Greek & East Med Hidden Gem Destinations

The appeal of Greece and the East Mediterranean as an ideal region for luxury...

Baltic index falls to over 2-year low as larger vessel rates slide

The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index fell to its lowest since June...

Baltic index logs worst month in 3 years

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index registered its biggest monthly percentage fall in...

Baltic index snaps 9-day losing streak as panamax, supramax rates rise

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index snapped its nine-session losing streak on Tuesday,...

DP World wins bid for development of a mega-container terminal at India’s Deendayal Port

DP World has won a major concession to develop, operate and maintain the mega-container terminal at Deendayal port in Gujarat, on the western coast...

Luxury Cruise Market Holds Much Promise For Greek & East Med Hidden Gem Destinations

The appeal of Greece and the East Mediterranean as an ideal region for luxury cruising will be one of the main highlights of the...

Port of Los Angeles proposes cruise terminal project

The Port of Los Angeles is inviting comments on a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the future development of a new Outer Harbor...

Port of Long Beach Closes 2022 with Second-Busiest Year

The Port of Long Beach marked its second-busiest year on record by moving 9.13 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2022, allowing for a return...

Hapag-Lloyd AG acquires share in J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited

Hapag-Lloyd AG signed a binding agreement today under which it will acquire 35% of J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited (JMBPL) from a...