Export orders fall 70% at Japanese shipyards.
JAPANESE shipbuilders saw the volume of new export orders slump by nearly 70% last year compared with 2008, according to latest figures from the Japan Ship Exporters" Association.
The group said its 22 shipbuilder members won orders for 111 ships totalling 5.7m gt last year, compared with orders for 432 ships of 19.4m gt secured in 2008.
Association members include IHI Marine United, Imabari Shipbuilding, Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corp, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Namura Shipbuilding, Oshima Shipbuilding, Sasebo Heavy Industries and Universal Shipbuilding.
Last year"s orders included deals for 81 bulk carriers totalling 3m gt and 22 tankers with a total tonnage of almost 2.2m gt.
The figures showed that Japanese owners continued to be a major supporter of the country"s shipbuilders, continuing a trend that had been seen over at least the two previous years.
The association said that 60 vessels totalling 3.3m gt were ordered for export between April and September. In tonnage terms, 82% were placed by Japanese owners. The figures, which are the latest available, show Greek owners ordered 4% of the total, equivalent to 132,000 gt.
The association said Japanese shipbuilders had an export order backlog of 1,138 ships totalling 55.9m gt at the end of December.
The group gave no breakdown by vessel type, but added that shipyards had orders stretching beyond 2013.
The projected deliveries include 343 vessels of 16m gt that are scheduled for delivery by the end of March 2011, and 323 ships of nearly 16m gt that are to be delivered between April 2011 and March 2012.