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South Korean Yards Face Shrinking Orderbook

Graph: Clarksons

 The global orderbook has continued to decline in the year to date, indicating that there are diminishing levels of activity at many of the world’s shipyards, says Clarksons Research.   In the last six months, South Korean yards have seen the largest decline in their orderbooks of the three major shipbuilding nations, reflecting historically weak global ordering, domestic contracting trends elsewhere and varying delivery patterns.   In the year to date, the global orderbook has declined by 12%, in CGT terms, to 100.2m CGT, its lowest level since June 2013 (CGT measures the volume of shipyard work required to build a vessel). At 1st July 2016, South Korea’s orderbook stood at 25.1m CGT, 25% of the global total.    This is the smallest that Korea’s orderbook has been, in CGT terms, since January 2004; Korean yards maintained the largest orderbook globally from January 2000 to September 2008. At 1st July 2016, Chinese and Japanese yards’ shares of the orderbook stood at 37% and 22%, respectively, in CGT terms.    In the year so far, Korea’s orderbook has fallen by 20% in CGT terms. Meanwhile, the Chinese and Japanese orderbooks have declined by 11% and 14% to 37.7m CGT and 22.1m CGT respectively.   Against the backdrop of historically low contracting globally, many Korean yards have seen their orderbooks decline. 224 vessels of 6


Shipbuilding – China Stuggles to Keep Pace with Korean Yards

Shipyards in Korea took market share from Chinese yards in 2011 South Korean yards took market share from Chinese yards in 2011 according to a recent report in the Danish Ship Finance Review. South Korea secured new orders of 13.5 million cgt Korean yards secured almost half of the contracted capacity (13.5 million cgt). Container and Tanker orders accounted for 85% (6 million cgt and 5 million cgt respectively). South Korea therefore maintains the position as the leading global builder of


Orders at South Korean Yards Down 36.9 Percent

South Korean shipyards won shipbuilding orders of 4.2 million compensated gross tons (CGTs) during the first half of this year, down 36.9 percent from a year ago, the Commerce Ministry said on Wednesday. The orders in dollar terms amounted to $6.8 billion in the period, down 25.4 percent from the previous year, the ministry said in a statement. CGT shows a country's shipbuilding capacity and factors in manpower and added value.


Trade Officials To Discuss Korean Shipbuilding Disputes

European Union and South Korean trade officials will meet next week in Seoul to resolve a dispute over alleged shipbuilding subsidies by Korean yards. "Working-level officials from the EU and Korea will discuss the hottest trade issue between the two parties from May 28-30 in Seoul," said Seoul's Commerce Ministry in a statement. Earlier in the month, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy met South Korean Commerce Minister Hwang Doo-Yun to discuss the EU executive's threat to start a


EU Blames South Korean Yards For Low Prices

The European Union on Wednesday blamed low prices offered by South Korean shipyards for the depression in the world shipbuilding market and accused Korea of pricing ships at below cost. A report by the EU's executive Commission found the world shipbuilding market continued to face serious difficulties. "Supply still outstrips demand and there are few indications that this situation may improve," the Commission said


2016 Contracting: Hard To Find Our Bearings

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Contracting activity in 2016 fell to its lowest level in over 30 years in numerical and tonnage terms, says Clarksons Research.   Low levels of newbuild demand have continued to limit ordering across the majority of vessel sectors, and the majority of shipyards have struggled to win orders. However, record ordering activity in the cruise and passenger ferry sectors did at least provide a degree of positivity for European yards in 2016.  


Korean Shipyards Hold Lead in Market

Yonhap reported that South Korean shipyards have unparalleled competitiveness despite recent challenges posed by Chinese shipyards, industry and government sources said. The optimistic predictions come as alarm bells have been sounded over Chinese yards outpacing domestic companies in shipbuilding orders received in the first two months of this year. Such developments have caused some in China to boast that it can become the world's number one shipbuilding country by 2015.


Lloyd’s Register Significant Year in China, Korea

Lloyd's Register’s teams in China and Korea have established a strong position in terms of ships ordered in 2010 which will be built to Lloyd’s Register class. Lloyd’s Register’s share of 2010 orders is, respectively, 29.6% in China and 28.3% in Korea.* While orders are from traditional areas of strength such as Greece, the continued expansion of shipowning in Asia is also driving demand.  


Tsakos Energy Expands Presence in LNG Sector

Athens, Greece – Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited  announced the order of one plus one state-of –the–art LNG carrier for delivery in the first quarter of 2015 at a major South Korean yard. The vessel is of the new tri-fuel design, enabling the ship to run on fuel oil, marine diesel/gas oil and natural gas, offering attractive alternatives to charterers. Discussions for long-term contracts have begun


Korean Shipbuilders Order Martek Marine Monitoring Systems

MariNOx Evolution™: Image credit Martek Marinei

UK's  Martek Marine wins large orders for its MariNOx Evolution™ on-board emissions monitoring and engine efficiency system. The orders, amounting to more than US$1-million, are from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries. Amongst the seven orders is the world’s largest and most complicated emissions monitoring system ever to measure SOx, NOx, CO2, CH4, NO2, THC, H2S, Benzene and N20.


Singapore’s Survivability

New business: Keppel has begun building dredgers like the Cristobal Colon, seen hear outside Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: copyright Jan de Nul Offshore)

Singapore’s shipyards are looking to recent investments in capacity, design and newly acquired technology to combat order declines after a decades-long offshore buildup. Sembcorp and peer Keppel are making the most of partnerships in FLNG and showing signs they’ll be okay through the


Japanese Orderbook: Down But Showing Staying Power

Graph: Clarksons Research.

 The Japanese orderbook has shown its endurance in the current muted shipbuilding market and recently surpassed its South Korean counterpart in size for the first time since 1999, says a report by Clarksons Research.   While the orderbook is shrinking for all of the ‘big 3’


Daewoo Shipbuilding to Get Fresh $2.6 Bln Bailout

File photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd

South Korean state banks are preparing a fresh $2.6 billion bailout for floundering Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd, which has built up huge losses from offshore projects and risks missing debt repayments.   Daewoo


Global Deliveries Sending Out Mixed Signals

Graph: Clarkson Research Services Limited

 Despite the shipbuilding industry being under great pressure, global deliveries have exhibited some resilience and increased in 2015 and 2016 in dwt terms, says a report by Clarksons Research.   However, due to the multi-cyclical nature of shipping


DNV GL, South Korean Yards Kicks off Standardization

Photo: DNV GL

 The first phase of a joint industry project (JIP) to promote a global standard for engineering and construction of offshore oil and gas installations has delivered four recommended practices (RPs).    The outcome of the JIP, led by DNV GL, will be reduced complexity


Shipbuilding’s ‘Fatal Attraction’ – A Dramatic Affair?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Down the years, shipbuilders have always entered and exited the business as cycles have progressed, but over the past decade developments have been dramatic, says Clarksons Research.   Back in 2007, 220 shipyards secured at least one order for a unit of 20,000 dwt or above in size


Picking Up Panamaxes Like Pokemon

Image: Alibra Shipping Ltd. Research

 Alibra Shipping Research Weekly Market Report takes a look on current market scene of bulk carriers.   For a little while now, the story has been “Now’s a great time to buy bulk carriers, asset prices are low…” We’re cautious of following the herd


Will Vessel Prices Continue Relentless Slide?

Graph: Poten & Partners

 Tanker Opinions, published Poten & Partners says that, for a shipowner, there are usually a few twists to the traditional capital budgeting process.   A shipowner that is deciding whether to invest in new capacity has at least three other factors to consider: (1) his


Fred.Olsen Energy, Hyundai Settle Rig Dispute

Rig firm Fred. Olsen Energy and South Korean yard Hyundai Heavy Industries settle dispute over construction of semi-submersible rig Bollsta Dolphin. Shares in Fred. Olsen Energy up 17 percent at 0736 GMT on the news, after rising 37 percent at the opening of the Oslo bourse


Shipbuilding Giants Bid for STX France

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri SpA and Dutch counterpart Damen Shipyards Group are in the running to buy STX France, which has been put on the block by Korean debt-ridden parent STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co, reports WSJ.  


COSCOL Wins Kazakhstani Heavy Lift Shipping Contract

(Image: COSCOL)

COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd. (COSCOL) said it has been awarded a transportation and logistics contract signed by representatives of all parties on September 27, 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Part of the work under the contract will be subcontracted to COSCOL’s Korean Partners


South Korean Yards Eyed for $3.8 Bln LNG Shipbuilding Deal

A little-known investment company said it intends to order up to 20 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, probably from South Korean shipbuilders. The contracts would be worth as much as $3.8 billion, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.  


Four Bids for STX Offshore, STX France Emerge

Four parties have expressed interest in buying one or both of South Korea's STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd and a controlling stake in STX France SA, a spokesman for the Seoul court overseeing STX Offshore's receivership said on Friday.


DSME CEO Questioned over Accounting Fraud

Photo by DSME Co.,Ltd

 The chief executive of struggling Korean shipbuilder Daewoo was questioned by state prosecutors on Tuesday over allegations that the yard tried to cover a major deficit in 2015 by underreporting losses.   According to a report in Yonhap, Jung Sung-leep, 66


Royal Caribbean cuts South Korean Ports from China Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will remove visits to South Korean ports from its China cruises, the firm said in a statement, amid rising tension between the two countries over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. missile defence system.   In a post on its Chinese website, the U.S






 
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