Court receivership beckons for STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

One of South Korea’s largest shipyards is likely to enter court receivership, as early as today, its creditors have decided, according to local media.

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding has been under creditor-led restructuring since April 2013. It was formerly part of STX Group, which went bankrupt causing a huge sell off of subsidiaries, including shipping line Pan Ocean, and most recently STX Dalian, the group’s huge Chinese yard.

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding was known as Ssangyong Heavy Industries before it was bought out by STX founder, Kang Duk-soo. Kang was sentenced for six years in jail in 2014 for fraud, a ruling that was overturned the following year.

Creditors have pumped in more than $3bn into the yard in the past two years, but it is still losing money.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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