Chinese yards achieved a brisk order intake this week with deals including container feeder ships, larger boxships, car carriers and gas carriers. South Korea won contracts for product carriers and Japan container ships. Alternative, environmentally friendly propulsion concepts were again a theme. Talks about a US$4 billion cruise ship contract are underway in Europe while a European cruise operator is also considering a separate order. Yards in the Netherlands won a series of orders including an unusual freighter deal.