China — the world’s leading shipbuilder

Updated 5 Sep 2019

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The Vista class vessels are diesel-electric with MAN engines and ABB Azipod propulsion systems. In March this year ABB confirmed it had been contracted to supply the propulsion and electrical systems for the new Chinese variants.

As far as gas carriers go, it is now more than 10 years since China delivered its first LNG carrier to a domestic owner and in the intervening years it has steadily increased its expertise in this area. Last year it delivered five vessels of 170,000m3 capacity to different owners.

Large container ships also hold no fears for Chinese builders. Having gradually increased their ability in building ships up to 15,000teu, last year the COSCO Shipping Aries was delivered by the Nantong yard and the COSCO Shipping Taurus by Shanghai Waigaoqiao as China’s first 20,000teu ships. A further 10 similar ships have been delivered since to COSCO with more on order; also on order is a series of 22,000teu vessels for CMA CGM which are notable for being the first mega container ships intended from the outset to run on LNG.

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