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 said to have returned to work following the compulsory holiday in much of China’s industry to combat the spread of coronavirus. But some yards are still said to be struggling to return to full operations. South Korea is in talks about large orders for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and a very large gas carrier was ordered in Japan. Turkey won a contract for large passenger vessels from Norway and Germany is planning a new research vessel. In the naval sector, Italy is in talks to sell frigates to Egypt.