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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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South Korean Shipbuilders' Order Book Shrinks

South Korean shipbuilding orders drop 58.6 percent through September 2012. South Korean shipbuilding orders dropped 58.6 percent for the first nine months of this year due to the persistent recession in the global shipbuilding industry, a government report reveals. The drop was attributed to the recession in the global shipbuilding industry. Global shipbuilding orders declined 48 percent to 14.34 CGT over the cited period due to an oversupply of ships and the prolonged global eaconomic slowdown, the report adds that demand for container ships and bulk carriers contracted sharply, informs Xinhua. Despite the global slump, South Korea kept its position as the world's No.1 shipbuilding country with the market share of 36.3 percent.

Report: Containership Order Buoys S. Korea

According to a report on Reuters, shares in shipbuilders in South Korea were buoyed when news broke that Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering had won a $2 billion order from A.P. Moeller-Maersk AS to build 10 container ships. It was reported that it was also in the running for another larger order, 10 ships at $4b. Daewoo and the entire South Korean shipbuilding industry has been fending off fierce competition from China, as Chinese yards have now staked the claim as the world's most prolific shipbuilding country. (Source: Rueters & Staff reports)  

EU Points Finger At South Korea

The European Union has accused South Korean shipyards of distorting the international market by pricing ships below cost, but put off a decision on whether to launch a trade complaint against Seoul. In its latest report on world shipbuilding, the EU's executive Commission said significant over-capacities in South Korean shipyards, combined with a need to generate new orders to assure sufficient cash flow, prevented a recovery of shipbuilding prices. None of the South Korean shipbuilding contracts it had examined had been priced at a level that covered operating costs, profits and debt repayments, the Commission said. South Korean yards incurred losses averaging 14 percent on these orders, it said.

Korean Shipbuilding Parts Export to China Surge

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China's imports of shipbuilding parts and equipment produced by South Korean firms surged this year, Yonhap reported. The report quoted Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) saying that China's imports of South Korean shipbuilding parts and equipment reached US$28.3 million in the first four months of the year, sharply up 37.6 percent from a year earlier. During the cited period, China's overall purchase of such parts edged down 0.9 percent on-year to $71.5 million, the report said.

Korea Returns to First Place in Shipbuilding

File photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korean shipbuilding industry has surpassed China in three months and reached the top of global monthly shipbuilding orders. A report in Yonhap said that South Korean shipyards recaptured the No. 1 position in new orders worldwide in August amid a plunge in overall numbers. The local shipbuilders clinched new orders worth a combined 130,000 compensated gross tons (CGTs) last month to build nine vessels, the report said quoting  data compiled by global research firm Clarkson Research Institute. Chinese rivals came next with 110,000 CGTs, or seven ships.

STX Group $1B Deal with Russian Shipyard

According to a report from the AFP, South Korean shipbuilding and shipping conglomerate the STX Group said Monday it has signed an initial deal to build a $1 billion shipyard in Russia.   Source: AFP  

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. Meanwhile,  STX Offshore - once the Korea's number four shipbuilder - has submitted a proposal to a court on how to revive its business, according to a report in AFP. STX filed for the restructuring in May after struggling for years with mounting losses caused by mismanagement and a slump in global demand.

South Korean Shipbuilding Orders Drop

New orders received by South Korean shipbuilders dropped 6.7 percent in the first 10 months of this year from a year ago, provisional figures from the Korea Shipbuilders' Association showed. Orders in the 10-month period totaled 7.98 million gt for 145 ships, compared with 8.56 million gt for 145 ships in the same period a year earlier, the association said. New orders received in October this year totaled 2.18 million gt for 35 vessels, it said. Ships completed in the January-October period amounted to 7.96 million gt for 140 ships this year, up from 6.36 million gt for 127 ships in the same period a year before, the association said. South Korea's backlogged orders at the end of October totaled 21.18 million gt for 336 ships, it said.

EU, S. Korea Will Try Last Minute Negotiations

European Union (EU) and South Korean officials meet next week to try to settle a row over alleged subsidies to Korean shipyards and avert an EU threat to take the dispute to the World Trade Organization. Negotiators meet in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday. It could be the last chance for an amicable solution of the row over the EU's allegations that Seoul pays its shipbuilders illegal subsidies, subsidies which it says threaten the existence of European competitors. The EU's executive Commission said in May it would start a WTO dispute against South Korea -- the world's biggest shipbuilder -- over the issue unless a deal could be reached by June 30.

South Korean Shipyard Orders Plunge

South Korean shipbuilders (Image: Koshipa)

As the global shipbuilding orders have declined due to fall in oil prices, the South Korean shipbuilders have also experienced a steep fall in order levels too, says latest data. Industry data by global market researcher Clarkson Research Services released today (Friday) revelealed that the number of orders won by South Korean shipbuilders fell 36 percent last year as global demand for new ships shrank due to a tumble in oil prices. South Korean shipbuilding companies took orders totaling 11.78 million compensated gross tons (CGTs)…

Korea to be Shipbuilding Leader Again: President

President Moon Jae-in (left) smiles as he receives a model of the icebreaker LNG carrier tanker `Vladimir Rusanov` from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering CEO Jung Sung-leep, at Daewoo`s Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, on Jan. 3. Photo:  Office of the President

President Moon was visiting Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering`s Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, to inspect the shipbuilding yard of an icebreaker arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker. “The government will protect and bring up your hope,” he said. The icebreaker LNG carrier the president inspected is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that`s specialized in polar regions. It enables the ship to safely navigate cold weather in temperatures as low as minutes 52 C.

EU to S. Korea: Agreement on Subisdies Soon Or Else

The European Union's executive body proposed starting a World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute against South Korea over alleged subsidies to its shipyards unless a deal could be reached by June 30. At the same time, the European Commission said it would propose allowing temporary government aid for European shipyards hit by South Korean competition for the duration of the WTO case. Both proposals will be discussed by EU industry ministers who meet on May 14 and 15. "Although we have not closed the door to an amicable solution with the Korean authorities, the clock is now ticking," EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said. The Commission…

Shipbuilders Complain About S. Korean Shipbuilding Aid

European shipbuilders recently complained to the European Union over South Korean state aid to its shipbuilders, opening the way for a possible EU case against Seoul at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Reuters reported. The Committee of EU Shipbuilders' Associations (CESA) said it had filed a complaint with the European Commission under the EU's Trade Barriers Regulation over alleged trade distortions in global shipbuilding caused by South Korean aid to its industry. "We are complaining about the state aid that Korean companies are receiving," Reinhard Lueken, the head of CESA's Brussels office. He said there were a number of bankrupt shipyards in Korea still offering prices which did not cover their costs.

Korean Shipyards Still in Rough Sea

File photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korean shipyards are still struggling to cut costs through unpaid leave for their workers and shutting down dry docks idled amid a lack of orders, Yonhap reported quoting industry sources. The report said that for decades, the shipbuilding sector has been one of the key growth drivers for Asia's fourth-largest economy. The top three shipyards in the country - Hyundai Heavy Industries Co (HHI), Samsung Heavy Industries Co. (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.

$4.3B: Daewoo Shipbuilding has Record Loss

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

South Korean shipbuilding major Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) posted a KRW 5.13 trillion (USD 4.3 billion) worth loss for the full year of 2015. Due to writing down more charges from offshore projects which are under construction, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company, the world’s second-biggest shipbuilder, has posted a record loss of US$4.3 billion in 2015, according to Bloomberg. DSME’s sales fell by 23% when compared to the previous year standing at KRW 12.97 trillion and the company’s operating loss amounted to KRW 5.51 trillion…

Editor's Note

Buoyant is perhaps the best word to describe the overall status of the world marine market. As you flip through the pages of this year’s Annual World Yearbook, you will find a number of articles, from the status of the U.S. Shipbuilding market, to the pending boom in the offshore oil and gas markets, to the staggering climb in dayrates for the tanker and bulker markets, which clearly show the industry is on the the way up. That said, there are a number of challenges to be faced, challenges with solutions that will help to define the maritime market for decades to come. The construction of large commercial oceangoing ships was dominated last year by South Korea, which claimed a staggering 46 percent of all new orders, or about 18.5 million cgt, according to The Platou Report 2001.

France to Defend Interests in STX Shipyards

Photo: STX France

The French government has told South Korea it will oppose any solution for shipbuilder STX France that is against national industrial interests, Industry Minister Christophe Sirugue told Reuters on Thursday on the eve of a deadline for bids. STX France is 66.7 percent owned by failed South Korean shipbuilding group STX. An insolvency court in South Korea ruled last month that the French arm could be sold either separately from the parent, or as part of a bigger sale. Bids are due by Nov.

Hyundai Drive Made First Call to Hamad Port

Photo: Qatar Ports Management Company​

Qatar’s Hamad Port announced the addition of a new service from South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to its growing network list, QNA reported. HMM’s 365.5-metre-long ‘Hyundai Drive’ made its first call to Hamad Port, marking the official start of a new Hyundai Merchant Marine’s KME (Korea Middle East Express) service. It is the largest container vessel to make its maiden call in Qatar since the opening of Hamad Port. The vessel from Kwangyang Port in South Korea arrived at Hamad Port in the container terminal CT1.

NASSCO Christens New ECO Tanker

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

On Saturday, December 17, General Dynamics NASSCO christened the Liberty, the third ECO Class tanker under contract with customer SEA-Vista LLC. Mrs. Debora Denning, wife of SEACOR vice president Tom Denning, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle on the side of the ship. Designed for improved fuel efficiency, the 610-foot-long, 50,000 deadweight ton, LNG-conversion-ready ECO Class tanker symbolizes the emerging direction of the shipping industry in the U.S. toward cleaner modes of transporting product.

ABS Approves Hyundai Heavy's FPSO Hull Design

Photo: ABS

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received an Approval in Principle (AIP) for its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) hull design from classification society ABS. “As the offshore industry strives to design more cost-effective production units, ABS remains committed to evaluating novel designs that meet our class standards,” says ABS Executive Vice President, Global Offshore Ken Richardson. “The Newbuilding Conversion FPSO hull design can be built for about half the cost as compared to a conventional FPSO hull…

South Korea To Resume Shipbuilding Talks With EU

South Korea's Commerce Ministry plans to resume talks in Brussels this week with the European Union to settle ongoing conflicts in the shipbuilding industry, ministry officials said. "We will send higher-level officials to Brussels for talks to discuss pending matters concerning the shipbuilding industry," a ministry official said. A delegation led by South Korean Deputy Commerce Minister Lee Hee-beom was scheduled to meet with EU counterpart, Deputy Director General Peter Carl, on March 14, the official said. Both parties would discuss various issues, including the EU's accusation that the South Korean government subsidizes the Korean shipbuilding industry and the transparency of Korean shipbuilders' bookkeeping, the official said.

Hyundai Heavy, Baoshan Sign MoU

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. disclosed that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. to import wide and heavy plates for shipbuilding. Hyundai Heavy Industries plans to import 180,000 tons of steel plates from Baosteel yearly. Both declined to disclose the price of the deal to keep trade secret. Hyundai Heavy Industries said that the price was lower than that offered by Japanese steelmarkers and a South Korean report said that South Korea would gradually enlarge imports of China- made steel plates for shipbuilding. South Korean shipbuilders mainly bought wide and heavy plates from Japan besides the local supply. But the two sides have had different opinions on pricing since the second half of 2005.

Report: S. Korea lags China, Japan in Shipyards

According to reports, South Korea fell behind China and Japan in the number of shipyards ranking in the world's top 50 in terms of order backlogs as of the end of May, although seven South Korean companies were No 1 through No 7, a London-based market research firm said. Fifteen Japanese shipyards and the same number of Chinese companies were included in the world's top 50 list, while only nine South Korean shipyards made it, Clarkson Plc. said. South Korea boasts the world's top seven shipyards - Hyundai Heavy Industries Co, Samsung Heavy Industries Co, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., STX Shipbuilding Co and Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co.

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