The development stands in marked contrast to shipbuilding trends in other countries. The industry is in such dire straits that China State Shipbuilding Corporation has predicted that up to half the country’s shipyards will go out of business as failing yards close or are taken over.
According to BRS, newbuilding prices for bulk vessels are now so low they are “very likely” to be below shipyards’ actual costs, forcing shipbuilders to operate at a loss.
South Korea seems to have avoided the worst of this downturn, however, targeting the few segments of shipping that still see growing demand.
“South Korean shipbuilders moved with determination away from containerships, tankers and bulk carriers and into other market segments,” the BRS report notes.
Published : March 26, 2012