Or­ders: Ship­builders set for big tran­si­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSI­NESS -

ship­yards do have suf­fi­cient hard­ware and ca­pa­bil­ity to tran­si­tion from build­ing tra­di­tional ships to build­ing cruise lin­ers,” saidWu.

Build­ing cruise ships calls for a dif­fer­ent kind of crafts­man­ship that re­quires fo­cus on qual­ity rather than quan­tity. This is also in line with China’s goal to turn it­self from a large ship­build­ing na­tion into a great ship­build­ing coun­try, saidWu.

“I am sure there are quite a few Chi­nese ship­builders that want to build cruise ships, but they should think twice be­fore tak­ing the plunge, be­cause China’s cruise ship­build­ing in­dus­try is yet to be formed, and the global stan­dards and re­quire­ments for build­ing the ves­sels are very high,” said Chen.

Acruise ship is the re­sult of the assem­bly of many tech­nolo­gies. Up to 75 per­cent of the value of a cruise is han­dled by sub­con­trac­tors. Cre­ation of this net­work of com­pe­ten­cies takes sev­eral decades, and it re­quires a con­ti­nu­ityof work, ac­cord­ing to Mau­r­izio Cer­gol, a naval ar­chi­tect and cruise ves­sel de­signer from Fin­cantieri.

In­no­va­tion is key to the cruise busi­ness. Safety, envi- ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient green tech­nolo­gies are also im­por­tant, said Cer­gol.

“The build­ing of cruise ships by Chi­nese ship­yards would be a great chal­lenge, es­pe­cially as their Euro­pean peers have so­phis­ti­cated ex­pe­ri­ence, and the coun­ter­parts in Ja­pan and South Korea have made tri­als that were not quite suc­cess­ful,” said an in­sider from a top Chi­nese ship­builder.

The build­ing of China’s first lux­ury cruise liner will en­tail an in­vest­ment of sev­eral bil­lion yuan. Losses could be pos­si­ble, the 21st Cen­tury Busi­ness Her­ald re­ported an un­named source from CSSC as say­ing.

“I don’t agree with such an opin­ion be­cause it ex­ag­ger­ates the dif­fi­cul­ties. Since the con­struc­tion of China’s first lux­ury cruise ship is a na­tional-level project, work will surely be well planned with the best in­puts of re­sources and tal­ents,” saidWu.

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