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China’s shipbuilding industry retains top spot globally in 2023

A shipbuilding dock of Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co, a subsidiary of Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, in the Jiangyin-Jingjiang industrial park of Jiangsu province.

Posted on January 15, 2024

China has maintained its top position in the global shipbuilding market in 2023, with strong growth in both output and new orders, industry data showed on Monday.

The country’s shipbuilding output climbed 11.8 percent year on year to 42.32 million deadweight tonnes (dwt) in 2023, accounting for 50.2 percent of the world’s total, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

New orders surged 56.4 percent year on year to 71.2 million dwt, taking up 66.6 percent of the world’s total during the period, figures from the ministry showed.

The sector’s holding orders totaled 139.39 million dwt at the end of December, expanding 32 percent year on year. The volume represented 55 percent of the global market share.


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