Dutch Shipbuilders Report Positive Outlook

Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, May 08, 2014
photo courtesy Netherlands Maritime Technology

The Netherlands shipbuilding cluster reports successful 2013, positive outlook for 2014

The Dutch shipbuilding cluster and maritime suppliers achieved good results in 2013, Netherlands Maritime Technology said. The total annual turnover increased from € 6.1 billion in 2012 to € 6.4 billion in 2013. Moreover, the substantially larger order portfolios compared to the previous year indicate further growth in 2014.

Netherlands Maritime Technology expects a further increase in the turnover of the entire Dutch shipbuilding cluster this year. “Everything indicates that the economy has seen the worst and will slowly start to grow again,” says Chairman J.J.C.M. van Dooremalen. “Netherlands Maritime Technology asks the Dutch government to stimulate this positive development in 2014 by continuing to work on methods for strengthening technical education and innovative capacities, ensuring a level playing field and stimulating export activities.”

Through intensive cooperation with shipping companies, Dutch maritime companies are frontrunners in the development and construction of green vessels and systems. This sets them apart from the competition, and gives better access to financing for similar projects. Dutch suppliers also managed to strengthen their order portfolios. Many of them have manufacturing facilities in foreign countries, while retaining knowledge and control in their Dutch branches. They attach great value to their position in a strong cluster and a stable and innovative home market. Their growth is mainly related to export activities and activities of foreign branches.

The Dutch Shipbuilding Cluster
In 2013, the Dutch shipbuilding cluster achieved a turnover of € 6.4 billion (2012: € 6.1 billion) and a total employment of 29,361 FTE (2012: 29,466 FTE).

New seagoing builds
A total of 77 seagoing vessels were delivered in 2013 (2012: 95). The order intake amounted to 136 vessels (2012: 61 vessels) with a value of € 2.3 billion (2012: € 764 million). The export percentage was 59% (2012: 58%).

Maritime suppliers
The maritime turnover of the approximately 670 Dutch maritime suppliers was € 3.42 billion in 2013 (2012: € 3.37 billion). Total employment in the Dutch maritime supply sector was 17,361 FTE (2012: 17,616 FTE). For the first time there are also figures available for the number of temporary jobs in the maritime supply sector: in 2013 the average was 2,257 FTE in temporary jobs at maritime supply companies.

Repairs, refits and maintenance

The 2013 turnover amounted to € 515 million (2012: € 551 million) with an employment of 2,635 FTE (2012: 2,000 FTE).

Construction of small and inland vessels
In 2013 114 vessels were delivered (2012: 90 vessels). The order portfolio on 31 December 2013 listed 84 vessels (2012: 73 vessels).

Superyacht construction
In 2013 23 superyachts were delivered (2012: 18 superyachts) with a value of € 807 million (2012: € 657 million) and 36 new orders were placed (2012: 14) worth € 1.4 billion (2012:
€589 million). At the end of December, the order portfolio comprised 66 superyachts (2012: 59 superyachts) with a value of nearly € 2.7 billion (2012: € 2.2 billion).

Shipbuilding worldwide
The year 2013 saw the first clear decline in the number of delivered vessels. Globally, there was a 20% reduction in tonnage compared to 2012. The amount of new orders, however, experienced a considerable increase, resulting in a growth of the global order portfolio. It is expected that the amount of deliveries will start to rise again after 2014.

A return to the peaks of several years ago is not expected as the order portfolio is still only half of what it was in the top year of 2008. Moreover, efforts are being made to reduce the shipbuilding capacity, especially in China. Many Asian yards have also started to use their capacity for the lucrative construction of offshore vessels and platforms. Ordering of new ships is mainly stimulated by the influx of private equity funds and the fact that new vessels usually consume considerably less fuel than those ordered before the economic crisis.

Europe is also benefiting from the revival in the shipbuilding sector, although not as much as in Asia. This is because European yards mainly rely on the construction of specialist vessels such as offshore vessels, cruise ships, dredging vessels and tugs; segments that were less affected by the economic crisis in the first place. Nonetheless, several European countries, including the Netherlands, managed to realise a very strong order intake in 2013.

With regard to the number of received orders in 2013, only Romania performed better than the Netherlands. In total, European yards attracted approximately 50% more orders than in 2012. Within the EU Italy and Germany also performed well, while Spain is gradually recovering, possibly aided by the new version of the Tax Lease (a financial arrangement). Norway and Turkey achieved positive results in the field of offshore vessels.

In addition to the three major Asian shipbuilding countries (China, Korea and Japan) and the developments in Europe, an interesting change is the fact that the Philippines has become the world’s fourth largest shipbuilding country. Russia managed to make the news with large-scale plans for reviving its shipbuilding sector. The Brazilians, who built up a significant order portfolio in the past years, are currently focused on delivering these vessels.

maritimetechnology.nl

Maritime Reporter May 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Baltic Mercur II makes maiden voyage to Antwerp

This week Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers (ARRC) celebrates the maiden voyage of the Baltic Mercur II via the port of Antwerp as part of their regular transatlantic service to the US Gulf.

USCG Provides Safety Tips to Paddlesports Enthusiasts

As the boating season unofficially begins, the 9th Coast Guard District is reminding paddlesport enthusiasts to take precautions to ensure safe trips and increase

USS George Washington Completes Carrier Qualifications

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed its carrier qualifications (CQ), May 23. CQ allows

Shipbuilding

DNV GL’s Synergi to Manage Siem Offshore Newbuilding Projects

Siem Offshore has chosen DNV GL’s Synergi Project to manage nine newbuilding projects. Synergi Project software The software is used to optimize the collaboration

Bahri Inks Contracts with Hyundai to Build 5 VLCCs

The National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) signed contracts on Thursday with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) to build five very large crude carriers (VLCCs),

USS George Washington Completes Carrier Qualifications

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed its carrier qualifications (CQ), May 23. CQ allows

Ship Repair & Conversion

US Funding for Air Emissions/Alternative Energy Projects

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that up to $1.3 million in Federal funding is now available through cooperative agreements for projects supporting

ERMA Bullish on Ballast Water Treatment

After having delivered several BWTS systems in Kita Nihon shipyard in Japan, one more ERMA FIRST BWTS was successfully installed onboard the Bulk Carrier M/V SCARABÉ(DWT: 60,

Conrad Announces Management Team Changes

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the appointment of Scott J. Theriot as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.   Johnny Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer,

Finance

Vinalines Plans Ports Divestment

The Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) hope the plan to reduce the state’s ownership ratio in the big shipping firm

Dubai Establishes Maritime Arbitration Centre

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is in the final stages of completing the rules for the first maritime arbitration centre in the Middles East: the Emirates

Gener8 Maritime to Go Public

Private equity-backed tanker operator Gener8 Maritime filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to proceed with an initial public offering worth up to $100m.

News

Dortmund Port's Throughput Up

In 2014, Dortmund’s combined goods throughput on ships and trains amounted to 5.7 million tonnes, compared to 5.3 in the previous year. 2.9 million tonnes (+600,000) of this was ship related.

Baltic Mercur II makes maiden voyage to Antwerp

This week Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers (ARRC) celebrates the maiden voyage of the Baltic Mercur II via the port of Antwerp as part of their regular transatlantic service to the US Gulf.

USCG Provides Safety Tips to Paddlesports Enthusiasts

As the boating season unofficially begins, the 9th Coast Guard District is reminding paddlesport enthusiasts to take precautions to ensure safe trips and increase

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2274 sec (4 req/sec)