Editorials

EDITORIAL NO 018 | 2020

The coronavirus crisis continued to depress the global shipbuilding market this week, but there were some signs of stronger ordering activity, especially in China. Large orders for VLCC tankers were reported for two Chinese yards. Other Chinese…

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EDITORIAL NO 017 | 2020

Some light at the end of the tunnel for shipbuilders in the coronavirus crisis came this week with one of the largest merchant shipbuilding contracts in the past year set to be placed in China. China also won a large order for an offshore crane…

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EDITORIAL NO 016 | 2020

The world shipbuilding market remains in the grip of the coronavirus economic shutdown, but some shipowners are taking advantage of low prices to place big orders. A large contract was placed in South Korea to build two very large crude carriers…

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EDITORIAL NO 015 | 2020

The coronavirus continues to cause massive world economic disruption, but yards in China and South Korea are reporting some new orders. Low prices are attracting some shipowners to invest in new ships. But many shipping companies are taking a…

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EDITORIAL NO 014 | 2020

The global coronavirus crisis continued to keep world shipbuilding orders at a low level this week. Continued uncertainty about the recession the world is facing because of the lockdowns and curfews imposed to combat coronavirus continue to delay…

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EDITORIAL NO 013 | 2020

Shipbuilding orders continued at a low level this week as the coronavirus continued to cause massive disruption to the world economy. But despite many investment decisions being postponed, some large orders were reported in China and South Korea.…

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EDITORIAL NO 012 | 2020

Good news came at last this week for depressed Chinese yards with a massive order for container ships worth over US$1 billion. A Chinese yard is also set to win an order for two VLCC tankers from Greece. But overall the coronavirus continued to keep…

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EDITORIAL NO 011 | 2020

The coronavirus continued to keep new merchant shipbuilding orders at low levels this week. The uncertainty about whether the world will now face a recession as the coronavirus spreads is reducing the willingness to invest. But orders have not…

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EDITORIAL NO 010 | 2020

The global economic slowdown caused by coronavirus continued to depress shipbuilding orders this week. South Korean yards reported more active orders, with large deals for shuttle tankers, product tankers and a chemical tanker. Chinese orders…

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EDITORIAL NO 009 | 2020

Chinese shipbuilding orders remain at a very low level as the coronavirus continues to cause major economic disruption in the country and worldwide. Chinese yards are now getting back to work but delays in deliveries of new ships are expected…

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EDITORIAL NO 008 | 2020

Shipbuilding orders were still at a generally low level this week as the coronavirus caused global economic uncertainty. Chinese contracts remained depressed although deals for a container ship and bulk carrier were reported. Most Chinese yards were…

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EDITORIAL NO 007 | 2020

The disruption to business in China from the coronavirus was again felt in the world shipbuilding market this week. With extended holidays and transport problems, personnel at some Chinese yards were absent. Some Chinese yards have warned customers…

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EDITORIAL NO 006 | 2020

This week, newbuilding markets were quieter overall than usual, with the coronavirus crisis causing a noticeable slowdown in Chinese economic activity. China had extended its Lunar new year holiday period which caused a further reduction in…

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EDITORIAL NO 005 | 2020

Chinese yards had a successful week despite a long public holiday. The lunar new year holiday period in China and South Korea meant many shipyard executives were absent for part of the week. Chinese orders included tankers for Denmark and bulk…

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EDITORIAL NO 004 | 2020

Europe won big orders for cruise ships this week, with the biggest deal reported in France and another large contract in Portugal. The French project also involves further cooperation between shipyard and owner to investigate sail-powered cruise…

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EDITORIAL NO 003 | 2020

The German navy has awarded its largest naval vessel construction order ever to a Dutch yard, a controversial move after a European Union-wide tender aimed at reducing the price of the ships. German yards will undertake part of the work but will not…

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EDITORIAL NO 002 | 2020

The normally quiet shipbuilding market in early January saw some large deals reported. South Korea won major orders for gas carriers Italy ordered passenger ferries in China, while Chinese yards also won contracts including for chemical tankers and…

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EDITORIAL NO 001 | 2020

The usually quiet period between Christmas and the new year saw major shipbuilding orders placed both in the merchant and naval sectors. A cruise ship order was confirmed in Norway while a Croatian yard won a welcome deal for the hull of a cruise…

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EDITORIAL NO 051 | 2019

South Korea ended 2019 with some very large orders, including a welcome but rare deal for a large offshore platform. Observers say the outlook for Korean shipbuilders is likely to remain difficult in 2020 as increasing orders for the liquefied…

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EDITORIAL NO 050 | 2019

Environmental protection and increased use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) continued to be a shipbuilding theme this week. An LNG bunkering barge is planned in the Netherlands and such a bunkering barge was also ordered in China. China also won an…

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EDITORIAL NO 049 | 2019

A valuable and unusual order was reported this week for German yard to build an icebreaker for operation by a Russian state-owned company. One of the largest single naval shipbuilding orders in history was placed in the United States. Chinese yards…

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EDITORIAL NO 048 | 2019

The move towards use of environmentally friendly fuels continued to generate newbuilding orders this week. A South Korean yard won a massive US$1.5 billion order to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. Korean yards have been so successful in…

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EDITORIAL NO 047 | 2019

It was a good week for European yards, with a major deal for cruise ships reported in Italy, naval patrol vessels ordered in France and a frigate contract confirmed in Britain. Environmental protection continued to be a theme for new vessels ordered,…

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EDITORIAL NO 046 | 2019

Environmentally friendly shipping continued to be a major theme in orders this week. Poland won an order for a hybrid-battery powered ferry from Finland. A yard in Italy won a contract for bunkering vessel for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Major naval…

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