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. It was followed by China with a 4.98-million-CGT of orders, or 34.7 percent of the total, and Japan with a 1.66 CGT of contracts, or 11.6 percent of the total.
The ministry noted that South Korea's shipbuilding orders were led by contracts for ships related to development and transportation of natural resources such as drill ships, tankers and ships that carry liquefied natural gas (LNG).