Shipbuilders under pressure to make industry cleaner (2)

20:16, June 04, 2010      

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China had a rich maritime history, most famously with Zheng He and his seven voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia and East Africa some 600 years ago.

In the past decade, China had again been at the center of the global maritime industry, as the nation had become the world's second biggest shipbuilder, after the Republic of Korea.

In 2009, a record 42 million deadweight tonnes (dwt) of ships slid down the slipways of China's shipyards.

"Last year, in a year when China delivered almost 35 percent of the world's new commercial fleet, the builders captured 62 percent of new orders. No one here today needs reminding that China now has both the infrastructure and perhaps more importantly the ambition to sustain a long run at the top of the ship-building ladder." said Rowley.

The Chinese shipbuilding industry also faced new rules drawn up by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and various maritime classification societies.

The IMO's newly announced Goal-Based Construction Standards for New Ships has a primary goal of ensuring new ships are designed and built to be safe, environment-friendly and with low emissions.

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