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CSBC order backlog expands until 2013

CSBC order backlog expands until 2013

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) The order backlog of CSBC Corp., Taiwan, the country's largest shipbuilder, has expanded to 2013, with more orders under negotiation, CSBC Chairman Cheng Wen-lon said Thursday.
Addressing a ceremony to mark the signing of an agreement between CSBC and the Taipei-based Chinese Maritime Transport (CMT) for the building of two Newcastle-type bulk carriers of 200,000 DWT, Cheng said CSBC's high-caliber workforce and production capability have made it a popular shipbuilder among international shipowners.
"CSBC will draw even more international shipowners to place orders with us if the government can provide large loans," he said.
Evergreen Marine Corp., one of the leading container ship operators in the world, is presently in discussion with CSBC for an order of a new fleet of 12 container vessels, according to Cheng.
New orders are expected to pile on in the coming years, as all oil tanker fleets around the globe will be converted from single-hulled vessels to double-hulled by 2015, he added.
Cheng disclosed that in order to increase its shipbuilding capacity and raise its international competitiveness, CSBC has also decided to enter strategic partnerships with major shipbuilders in China for ship design and the production of prefabricated steel blocks.
CMT Chairman John Y.K. Peng also suggested that CSBC should change its 350-ton gantry cranes to 900-ton Goliath cranes to speed up its shipbuilding capacity.
The Kaohsiung-based CSBC delivered three container ships to German shipping company Peter Dohle Schiffahrts-KG in a single day on April 26, a feat rarely seen even in major shipbuilding countries such as Japan and South Korea.
The ships delivered included two vessels that can accommodate 6,600 20-foot containers and one ship capable of carrying 4,200 20-foot containers.
On May 18, Taiwan's new squadron of 10 missile fast boats, built by CSBC, was launched at the Zuoying naval base, marking a milestone in the development of locally built military vessels.
CSBC has already delivered 12 Haichiao-class missile fast boats to the Navy, with 18 others under construction. When all 18 fast attack craft are delivered by late 2011, 30 of Taiwan's existing 50 Seagull-class fast boats will be retired, the Navy said.
(By Chao Hsiao-hui and Deborah Kuo)




Updated : 2021-02-28 09:12 GMT+08:00