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Chinese shipyards suffer huge drop in new orders

Chinese shipyards suffer huge drop in new orders

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Chinese shipyards have suffered a major decline in new order volumes during the first quarter of 2017, amid the continued depression in the shipbuilding market.

According to a report by China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI), Chinese shipyards received total new order volumes of 5.54m dwt in the first three months of 2017, a decline of 25.4% compared with the same period in 2016.

53 leading shipyards secured 4.42m dwt of the total volume, a year-on-year decline of 26.3%. In new order volume of export ships, the fifty-three yards have seen a decline of 44.7% to 3.67m dwt.

By the end of March, Chinese shipyards’ total order backlog stands at 88.65m dwt, down 27.2% year-on-year.

“The outlook of shipbuilding market this year is not optimistic. The domestic shipyards are still facing challenges despite the slight rebound in the shipping market and the consolidation in the domestic shipbuilding industry will continue,” an official from CANSI told Splash.

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Jason Jiang

Jason worked for a number of logistics firms following his English degree, then switched this hands-on experience to writing and has since become one the most prolific writers on the diverse China logistics industry writing for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week. Jason’s access to the biggest shippers with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives.

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