Ships & Shipbuilding

Ships & Shipbuilding

Four out of the world’s five largest shipbuilders are located in South Korea: Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding, Samsung Heavy Industries, and Hyundai Samho. The fifth largest shipbuilder is Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The pullback in orders has hurt shipbuilding yards in major production centers in South Korea, China and Japan, where authorities considered closing some operations, consolidating businesses and other strategies to keep the industrial operations running. South Korea’s shipping and shipbuilding industries were hit hard by weak global demand for ships and offshore rigs, which resulted in massive losses for shipyards and the bankruptcy of the country’s biggest shipping line, Hanjin Shipping, in 2016. Following the bankruptcy of Hanjin, sales of South Korea’s shipping industry declined drastically, sparking the government to undertake a multi-year restructuring of the sector.


Yilport, which signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi State Port Authority in February, is promising to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the state’s Port of Gulfport, for which it sees serving a distinct purpose. 

News & Analysis

Return of scrubber-fitted ships to test carrier capacity plans
15 Jan 2020
The fleet-to-orderbook ratio is at its lowest in nearly a decade as carriers maintain a tight grip on capacity, aided by scrubber retrofitting and scrapping.
28 Oct 2019
A seeming shift in philosophy among a number of key players in the container trade when it comes to orderbooks is about to change the competitive dynamics in the main deep-sea trades.
22 Oct 2019
With scrapping levels still relatively low, overcapacity is expected to continue to keep downward pressure on multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) vessel rates.
24 Jul 2019
Yilport and the Mississippi State Port Authority are making headway in agreeing to a concession and aim to have a binding letter of intent — featuring a roadmap of planned investments — by the end of the year.
13 Feb 2019
The multipurpose/heavy lift market continues to struggle with overcapacity, weak demand, and increased competition for breakbulk and project cargo from the bulk, ro-ro, and container sectors.