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Chinese real estate major joins Zhejiang Shipbuilding restructuring

Zhejiang Shipbuilding, a bankrupt subsidiary yard of Sinopacific Shipbuilding, has released a draft restructuring plan.

Under the plan, Shanghai Yingjun Investment Management Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of China’s real estate conglomerate Evergrand Group, will provide RMB1.501bn ($220m) to support the restructuring of the yard. Upon completion of the restructuring, Yingjun Investment will gain full control of the yard.

Zhejiang Shipbuilding has total confirmed liabilities of RMB3.178bn and a total asset value of RMB953m.

The draft plan showed that the yard will diversify its operations after the restructuring but didn’t disclose further details.

Zhejiang Shipyard will hold a creditor’s meeting on September 15 to vote on the restructuring plan.

Splash understands that Evergrand Group took over defunct yard Jiangmen Shipyard in 2016 and is now developing it into a real estate project.

If the restructuring goes successfully, all the subsidiary yards of Sinopacific Shipbuilding, started by Zhejiang businessman Simon Liang Xiaolei, will be changing hands. Dayang Shipbuilding is now in the process of restructuring with state-run investor SUMEC Group and Sinopacific Offshore was sold to state-run container manufacturer CIMC last year.

The parent of Sinopacific Shipbuilding, Evergreen Holding, is still in deep financial trouble, having defaulted a series of bond payment and involved in many court cases with creditors.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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