The growing stature of Chinese shipbuilding on the international stage is all the more impressive for the extent to which the industry is embracing specialized vessel categories and higher addedvalue forms of tonnage.
Whereas the output spread from other parts of the Far East is limited by the huge volume production requirements of large yards engaged in the lowmargin fields of ship construction, China's shipyards are developing an ever-wider portfolio. A growing capacity is underpinned by a propensity for meeting shipowners' specific needs across a very broad platform. To a large extent, the development is export-led, although the response to new domestic needs is also cultivating a broader industrial marine base.
One example is provided by Jiangnan Shipyard's current construction of the first of possibly two train ferries to link the Chinese mainland with the southern island of Hainan. This pioneering project, based on a home-grown design, entails a vessel type offering a loading capacity for about 40 railfreight wagons, or alternatively 50 light trucks, plus facilities for 1,200 passengers.
Technical design work has also been carried out elsewhere in China for another infrastructural scheme, which envisions a new breed of rail ferry for a much longer route between Dalian and Yantai, across the Bohai Strait.
Sophisticated domestic projects of this nature provide a technical basis for future forays into the export newbuild market.
Other stories from October 2002 issue
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- The Genoa Sestri Shipyard page: 9
- RoRo Vessel Jolly Rubino Runs Aground page: 10
- Rolls Royce Engine Passes Initial Tests page: 11
- Crescent Tankships Orders Product Tankers page: 11
- The Risks of Cargo and Maritime Security page: 12
- Hydrex Broadens Its Hori^on^With Ney Bow Thruster Replacement Methods page: 18
- Keppel Performs Speedy FPSO Conversion page: 19
- ASRY Holds Another Busy Quarter page: 20
- UMC Goes Beneath The Surface page: 20
- United Defense Receives Theater Surface Award page: 20
- Where Everyone is A Celebrity page: 21
- Gladding-Hearn Delivers New Bermuda Ferry Contract page: 22
- Fresh Fuel Cell Initiatives page: 24
- Simulating Evacuation page: 26
- Houston Celebrates Rickmers Hamburg's Maiden Voyage page: 27
- Purposeful Chinese page: 27
- Izar And Rolls-Royce Plan High Speed Cargo Vessel page: 27
- The Littoral Combat Ship: Force Multiplier for the 21st Century page: 28
- NASSCO Delivers USNS Soderman to U.S. Navy page: 31
- Family of Ships Employs Spiral Design page: 31
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- UFRJ Wins Student Design Competition page: 35
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