China's shipyards launched 60-million dwt in 2012 representing a drop of 21% from the previous year.
According to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology government statistics reported by CNTV, new orders for shipbuilding also tumbled by about 44 percent. Industry experts consider that the shipbuilding industry would continue to be weak in 2013, and it’s unlikely the market will pick up in the short term.
Three listed shipbuilding companies have already released profit warnings for 2012. Sainty marine for example is expected to see its net profit slump by as much as over 50 percent.
Meanwhile, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation forecasts a 100 percent drop in its bottom line.