The shipbuilding industry is involved in the construction and modification of ships and these operations are carried out in specialized facilities called shipyards. The industry builds ships for commercial as well as military purposes. The shipbuilding market is segmented on the basis of ship type: Bulkers, Tankers, Containers, LPG & LNG and other special vessels. Shipbuilding industry is mostly dominated by Asian players, such as South Korea, China and Japan. Traditional large shipbuilders in the region, such as Korea, China, and Japan, as well as Southeast Asia, are enhancing their offshore capabilities and providing a single marine solution for both shipbuilding and offshore.
In 2014, the global demand for shipbuilding declined primarily due to slow economic growth and imbalance in supply and demand of ship. The weaker demand was also due to increase in shipbuilding price and demand in 2013 along with freight rate declines in containership and bulk carrier that collectively contributed in decline of demand when compared to 2013.
This report, “Global Shipbuilding Market” analyzes the development of the market on both global and regional level. Regional markets such as China, South Korea, Japan, Europe and other emerging markets have been analyzed. The major trends, growth drivers as well as issues being faced by the industry are being presented in this report. Increasing seaborne trade, strong commercial vessel market and increasing GDP of world economies among others are acting as growth drivers of the industry. Weakened ship prices and continued weakness in drillship new order market are some of the key trends of the industry.
The industry is predominated by a handful of players including Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries. The shipbuilding companies function in an extremely competitive environment with productivity, development capabilities and the skills and competence being the key aspects.