Largest shipbuilding nations based on gross tonnage 2018

This statistic depicts the completions of the leading shipbuilding nations in 2018, based on gross tonnage. Japan completed ships with a combined gross tonnage of around 14.5 million.


Shipbuilding is a risky business; it is as cyclical as it is capital intensive, and fleet expansion can mean make or break for a shipyard’s customer: the shipping line. Shipping lines can be divided into cruise lines and freighters. While cruise lines operate ships to carry passengers, freighters employ vessels to transport cargo. With a 44 percent share of the global cruise market, Florida-headquartered Carnival Corporation was ranked as the largest cruise line worldwide in 2017. The group owns brands such as AIDA Cruises, the Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises. Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in 2018, based on gross tonnage, surpassing former record holder, their own Harmony of the Seas, and continuing their arty trend of using music-influenced names.

The world’s leading shipyards include South Korea’s DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries, Samsung Heavy Industries and China’s China State Shipbuilding Corp.

Largest shipbuilding nations in 2018, based on completions in gross tonnage

Completions in thousand gt
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Release date

March 2019



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Supplementary notes

Ship size coverage: 100 gross tonnage and over.

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