Big Shipyard

Building BIG Ships

There is a noticeable break in ship size distribution that corresponds to the breadth of the Panama Canal.

There is a corresponding break in the structure of the shipbuilding industry.

The yards that build BIG ships don’t build SMALL ships and vice versa.

There are now over 600 yards building commercial vessels, of which over 200 build “Panamax” ships but only 42 build BIG ships.

The BIG-Ship Shipbuilders

Japan (18)

IHI Marine (2)   Imabari (2)   Kawasaki
Koyo Dockyard   Mitsubishi    Mitsui
Namura   Oshima    Sanoyas   Sasebo
Sumitomo   Tsuneishi (2)   Universal (3)

Korea (5)

Daewoo   Hanjin   Hyundai   Samho   Samsung

China (6)

Dalian  Hudong   Jiangnan
Liaoning   Nantong    Waigaoqiao

Europe (9)

Aker – Turku (Finland)
Atlantique (France)
Fincantieri (Italy) (3)
IZAR (Spain)
Meyer Werft (Germany)
Odense(Denmark)
Brodosplit (Croatia)

Other (4)

Avondale (U.S.)
NASSCO (U.S.)
Newport News (U.S.)
China SB (Taiwan)

Shipbuilder Hyundai -Hyundai Heavy Industries

Revenues (2005) $16.1 billion
Net Profit $188 million
Backlog $25 billion
Employees 25,000
Subcontractors 10,000
Ships/Year ~80
# of Docks/Ways 9
Biggest Dock 640m x 92m

Shipbuilder Samsung  -Samsung Heavy Industries

Revenues (2005)  $5.5 billion
Net Profit $73 million
Backlog  $18 billion
Employees 12,000
Subcontractors 8,000
Ships/Year  ~45
# of Docks/Ways  4
Biggest Dock 640m x 98m

Shipbuilder Daewoo

Revenues (2005) $4.8 billion
Net Profit  $8 million
Backlog  $16 billion
Employees 10,000
Biggest Dock  529m x 131m
Subcontractors 10,000
Ships/Year  ~45
# of Docks/Ways  5

There is a noticeable break
in ship size distribution that
corresponds to the breadth of
the Panama Canal.
There is a corresponding
break in the structure of the
shipbuilding industry.
The yards that build BIG
ships don’t build SMALL ships
and vice versa.
There are now over 600
yards building commercial
vessels, of which over 200
build “Panamax” ships but
only 42 build BIG ships.There is a noticeable break in ship size distribution that corresponds to the breadth of the Panama Canal. There is a corresponding break in the structure of the shipbuilding industry. The yards that build BIG ships don’t build SMALL ships and vice versa. There are now over 600 yards building commercial vessels, of which over 200 build “Panamax” ships but only 42 build BIG ships.
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