Diversification of ship types is clearly important for China’s repairers if they are to get back into the black. Few sectors offer bigger returns than cruise, something Chinese yards have hitherto had little access to.
China is developing itself to be a major cruise travel destination and is diversifying the whole industry chain to service every facet of the cruise sector. All the major cruise lines have identified China as the cruise source market with the greatest growth potential in the coming years.
Cruiseships are being repositioned to the People’s Republic as never before.
At the beginning of the Chinese new year, Costa Atlantica, a luxury cruiseship belonging to Costa Cruises went in for repairs and refrurb at Shanghai Huarun Dadong Dockyard.
It is the first cruiseship repair work at the Chinese shipyard, one of the top names for ship repair in the country.
The 18-day renovation was designed to make the cruiseship offer more China-centric services for its upcoming China season.
Costa Atlantica was built in 2000 in Finland. The ship is readying a series of Asian cruises from its homeport of Shanghai.
“The materials for the repair work of the cruiseship were transported from Europe, our yard is in charge of repair work of the cruise ship,” the official in charge of the cruiseship repair project of Huarun Dadong tells SinoShip.
“The cruise industry in China is developing so fast, especially in Shanghai, the city we are based in. More cruiseships are docking at Shanghai, which will bring a lot of cruiseship repair opportunities in the future,” the official says, adding “Repairing a cruiseship is more profitable than a cargo ship, and I think it will be a new business growth point for our yard.”
As a fast growing cruise tourism city, Shanghai is accelerating the development of the whole cruise industry chain.
The refurb of the Costa Atlantica marked the first time for a trading international cruiseship to be repaired by a Chinese ship repair yard.
Huarun Dadong is a joint venture invested by China Resources Machinery & Minmetals, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, China Yatong and Shanghai Datong NGS Industries. The shipyard is located opposite the port of Shanghai, at the entrance of the Yangtze River. Currently, the shipyard has four floating docks raning in size from 50,000 to 300,000 dwt plus a 300,000 dwt drydock.