Largest shipbuilding nations in 2017, based on completions in gross tonnage (in 1,000s)

Largest shipbuilding nations based on gross tonnage 2017 This statistic depicts the completions of the leading shipbuilding nations in 2017, based on gross tonnage. Japan completed ships with a combined gross tonnage of around 13 million.
Shipbuilding

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 2016. The group owns brands such as AIDA Cruises, the Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises. Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in 2016, based on gross tonnage.

The world’s leading shipyards include South Korea’s DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries, Japan’s Imabari, and China’s China State Shipbuilding Corp.
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Completions in thousand gt
China23,786
South Korea22,175
Japan13,036
Completions in thousand gt
China23,786
South Korea22,175
Japan13,036
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This statistic depicts the completions of the leading shipbuilding nations in 2017, based on gross tonnage. Japan completed ships with a combined gross tonnage of around 13 million.
Shipbuilding

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 2016. The group owns brands such as AIDA Cruises, the Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises. Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in 2016, based on gross tonnage.

The world’s leading shipyards include South Korea’s DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries, Japan’s Imabari, and China’s China State Shipbuilding Corp.
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Release date
March 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2017
Supplementary notes
Ship size coverage: 100 gross tonnage and over.

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