Korean Shipyards Order Books Swell
Hyundai Heavy Industries?s Mipo Dockyard won an order for three chemical carriers from Barclay Shipping in Greece. The Mipo yard also received orders for 22 ships worth $746 million last month. The orders include six container ships that will carry 2,800 20-foot containers worth $237 million and 13 chemical carriers worth $395 million.
Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine, the world?s second largest shipbuilder, won an order to build one LNG tanker worth $157 million from TMT of Taiwan, while the medium-sized shipbuilder, STX Shipbuilding, won an order to build four 74,200-dwt oil tankers from an unidentified Greek company.
Mipo current back orders at the end of January were 132 ships worth about $4 billion, which should keep the company busy for the next three years.
Daewoo said that it expects to deliver the 145,700-cubic meter LNG tanker in 2007, but expects to win another 10 LNG ships this year. In Its December forecast, the company said that it expects to win $4.8 billion in new orders this year.