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Dutch Shipbuilding in 2018 – a rather difficult year for Dutch shipbuilders

After the dramatic year 2016, the maritime sector finally recovered slightly from the beginning of 2017, but 2018 remained a rather difficult year for Dutch shipbuilders. SWZ|Maritime’s editor Gerrit J. de Boer has gathered a detailed overview of the ships delivered in 2018 as well as those on order from 1 January 2018.

The yards specialising in inland navigation, fishing and small seagoing vessels generally performed well, as did the super yacht builders. The declining trend for ship repair also seems to have been halted, but recovery in this segment is still minimal. Maritime suppliers are increasingly focusing on sustainability and digitalisation.

Workforce

Although the turnover of both yards and suppliers increased slightly in 2018, margins remained under pressure. The total turnover of the Dutch maritime technical sector rose by 5.8 per cent from 6.9 to 7.3 billion euros. The total workforce increased by 3.9 per cent from 27,971 FTEs in 2017 to about 29,072 FTEs at the end of 2018. The shipyards employed 11,754 FTEs (including temporary workers) and maritime suppliers 17,318 FTEs plus approximately 1,676 temporary workers.

Infographic

SWZ|Maritime’s September issue includes an infographic that roughly depicts what has been built in the Netherlands in 2018. Although not complete due to lack of complete information, this map is a good representation of what was built or completed in the Netherlands in 2018. Ships built on foreign yards under the direction and/or licence of Dutch yards are not included.

List of Ships Built and on Order in 2018

The author and composer of this overview Gerrit J. De Boer has also compiled a list of ships delivered in 2018 as well as those in the order book from 1 January 2018. This list was created in cooperation with Michel Koopman, market analyst of Netherlands Maritime Technology, and René Cornel, Deventer. Download it here.

 

Image: After the dramatic year 2016, the maritime sector finally recovered slightly from the beginning of 2017, but 2018 remained a rather difficult year for Dutch shipbuilders.

Source: SWZ|Maritime / Mariska Bjuitendijk

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