Editorials

EDITORIAL NO 008 | 2021

Newbuilding activity picked up this week as the Lunar New Year holiday period in Asia ended. South Korean yards are continuing their remarkable success, with hundreds of millions of dollars in orders from Asia, Europe, Africa reported this week.…

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EDITORIAL NO 007 | 2021

The lunar new year holiday in China, South Korea and elsewhere in Asia reduced newbuilding activity this week. But South Korean yards did report some substantial orders worth hundreds of millions of dollars including container ships and gas carriers.…

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EDITORIAL NO 006 | 2021

A healthy flow of new orders was seen in the biggest Asian shipbuilding countries this week. Billion-dollar orders for container ships and bulk carriers were reported in China. These included deals for 24,000-TEU container ships, among the biggest in…

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EDITORIAL NO 005 | 2021

A decent flow of orders continued this week in Asia with a series of individual contracts each worth over a hundred million dollars reported. China landed deals for a large series of dry cargo freighters from Europe while a major bulk carrier order…

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EDITORIAL NO 004 | 2021

A series of large orders valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars were reported this week in China, Japan and South Korea. Orders for feeder container ships were signed or are under negotiation in China. A large bulker order is also being…

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EDITORIAL NO 003 | 2021

A decent flow of orders was reported as placed or under discussion in China and South Korea this week with gas carriers and environmentally friendly vessels again leading the way. Market talk included a US$300 million gas carrier deal set to be…

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EDITORIAL NO 002 | 2021

Brisk newbuilding order activity was again seen this week, although not at the unusually high level seen at the end of December. South Korea reported orders worth hundreds of millions of dollars including gas carriers, product carriers and tankers.…

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EDITORIAL NO 001 | 2021

An end-of-the-year/early-new-year surge in newbuilding orders worth billions of dollars was seen. Chinese yards won orders for vessels including mega container ships, feeder container ships and tankers. South Korean yards won a billion dollar deal…

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EDITORIAL NO 051 | 2020

Asian yards were able to book some large year-end newbuilding orders this week. South Korea reported large orders including VLCC tankers and gas carriers. A US$2.3 billion Chinese offshore wind project was also reported. Chinese yards also got…

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EDITORIAL NO 050 | 2020

Some very large orders were placed or indicated this week as the year nears its close. Chinese shipping interests are ordering container ships while a major contract for VLCC tankers is also expected to be placed in China. Chinese yards also won bulk…

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EDITORIAL NO 049 | 2020

China won a series of container ship orders this week, with some shipping companies expecting container demand to recover quickly. South Korean orders included contracts in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier and oil tanker sectors. A troubled…

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EDITORIAL NO 048 | 2020

A mix of orders were reported by Asian yards this week. South Korea won contracts for gas carriers and also a multi-billion deal for vessel sections. China won contracts for container ships and tankers. New crewless offshore support vessels were…

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EDITORIAL NO 047 | 2020

Newbuilding orders worth hundreds of millions of dollars were placed this week, with South Korea the main winner. Big contracts were placed in South Korea including for VLCC oil tankers, container ships and tankers. Lower newbuilding prices seem to…

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EDITORIAL NO 046 | 2020

More ordering activity was seen this week with some large deals reported in Asia. Orders placed in China included very large gas carriers, dual-fuel bulk carriers and conventional bulk carriers. South Korea won deals including VLCC tankers and…

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EDITORIAL NO 045 | 2020

Some major orders were placed this week as shipping companies took advantage of low prices. China won a US$1.1 billion order for very large container ships. South Korea won orders for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. A South American cruise ship…

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EDITORIAL NO 044 | 2020

The economic uncertainty facing the world depressed the general number of new merchant shipbuilding orders this week. But South Korea won large contracts for VLCC tankers and chemical/gas carriers. China won tanker orders. Plans for nuclear-powered…

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EDITORIAL NO 043 | 2020

A mixed bag of orders was reported this week despite the continued economic slowdown. Finland won a contract for a luxury expedition cruise vessel. Orders for petrochemical carriers and gas carriers with dual fuel were placed in South Korea. Big…

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EDITORIAL NO 042 | 2020

Asian yards emerged from their holiday period this week with some large orders. South Korea won a billion-dollar order for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. Chinese orders included bulk carriers and large offshore fish farming vessels.…

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EDITORIAL NO 041 | 2020

Public holidays in China and South Korea helped reduce shipyard activity this week. But South Korea won orders including liquefied petroleum gas carriers. A yard in the Netherlands won a contract for a coastal freighter with hybrid power. In the…

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EDITORIAL NO 040 | 2020

Low prices available from yards helped generate some major newbuilding orders this week with talks about other deals reported. Greek interests are said to be behind a US$359 million order for tankers placed in South Korea. Chinese shipyards are in…

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EDITORIAL NO 039 | 2020

Chinese yards again dominated merchant shipbuilding orders and negotiations this week. Talks were reported about a large VLCC order while contracts were placed in China for vessels including bulk carriers and tankers. A leading European bulk carrier…

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EDITORIAL NO 038 | 2020

Chinese yards won a series of orders this week for vessels including container ships, gas carriers and offshore platforms, although customers in China itself dominated. But Chinese shipbuilders did win orders for container ships from Taiwan. Deals in…

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EDITORIAL NO 037 | 2020

A huge and long-awaited order for liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers for operation in Russian Arctic waters was confirmed this week, with indications more newbuilding contracts could be on the way. Chinese yards won a decent number of orders, but as…

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EDITORIAL NO 036 | 2020

A more active level of orders was seen in Asia this week. Six 1,800-TEU feeder container ships were ordered in China with options for six more. Chinese yards also won orders for tankers, bulk carriers and chemical tankers. South Korean yards won…

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