South Korean Shipbuilders’ Lock on LNG Tanker Market Could Last for Years

By Jane Chung and Yuka Obayashi SEOUL/TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - South Korean shipyards have boxed out their Japanese rivals from the market for building large ships carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG), winning all of the orders for the next three years worth more than $9 billion. Three South Korean yards - Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Hyundai … [Read more...]

More Casualties Seen Possible Among Korean Shipbuilders

By Lianting Tu and Narae Kim (Bloomberg) -- South Korean shipbuilders aren’t out of the woods yet even as orders begin recovering, with the smaller ones facing collapse in the absence of government support, according to a shipping-debt trader. The government will aid larger shipyards through ways such as giving them orders for the next few years, under its support policy for … [Read more...]

Hyundai Heavy’s $11 Billion Breakup Paves Way for More Deals

By Abhishek Vishnoi and Kyunghee Park (Bloomberg) -- The world’s second-largest shipbuilder has split itself into four companies, a move that would facilitate a potential sale of some of the businesses. Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. started trading as four entities Wednesday as the conglomerate tries to insulate the group from a financial crisis at any one of its divisions. … [Read more...]

Korean Banks Holed Below the Waterline by Shipping Debt

By Christopher Langner (Bloomberg) -- Now, the ship really has sailed. After kicking the can down the waterway for a few years, Korean banks will have to reckon with the debt owed by the nation's shipbuilders, which are among the biggest in the world. They'll need plenty of government help; probably more than has been promised. The state has been tightening pressure on … [Read more...]

Battered Korean Yards Battle Slump With State-Led Overhaul

By Kyunghee Park (Bloomberg) -- The world’s three biggest shipyards, battered by the deepest industry slump in at least two decades, are getting a helping hand -- from the state. South Korea’s government is at the forefront of efforts to revive the shipbuilders, which employ almost 62,000 people, or 1.4 percent of the nation’s manufacturing sector workforce. After … [Read more...]