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Shipyards have gone from the abyss to a soft landing

The offshore industry pulled the international shipyards away from the abyss and has created the foundation for a soft landing for the yards ahead of 2020, writes Bimco in a new analysis.

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15 months ago it looked like the international shipyard industry was headed straight for the abyss. Today, the change from the record-high production levels in recent years to a more sustainable level looks more like a soft transition period.

Not least because the offshore industry to a large degree has replaced the traditional ship types in the shipyards' declining orderbooks with drilling rigs and other specilized vessels, concludes maritime organization Bimco in a new analysis of the state of the global shipyard industry.

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