Aug 272009
 

image Main engine crankshafts on some 30 ships built in China have have failed within two years of construction claims South Korean shipbuilding magazine Asiasis in what it refers to as ‘fatal accidents’.

According to the report the vessels were built in the Xiangshan area of Zhejiang province.

A shipbuilding boom encouraged many companies to invest in small shipyards built on tidal flats and sandy beaches, along the Jinghang Canal, Chang Jiang and coastal areas. Many are operating illegally, producing ships an estimated 40 per cent below legitimate yards.

Says Asiasis: “Many companies in China have been blindly investing in small shipyard facilities during the past newbuilding boom period and this led to such evil practices.
“According to industry officials, construction of ships on tideland or sandy beach still continues at Jinghang Canal, Chang Jiang and coastal areas.

“The low-quality vessels constructed by the illegal shipyards without basic shipbuilding facilities and systematic management are risking the lives and assets in shipping industry. “
A local authority revealed the accidents resulted from ill construction by shipyards without appropriate certificates.
Many companies in China have been blindly investing in small shipyard facilities during the past newbuilding boom period and this led to such evil practices.
According to industry officials, construction of ships on tideland or sandy beach still continues at Jinghang Canal, Chang Jiang and coastal areas.
The low-quality vessels constructed by the illegal shipyards without basic shipbuilding facilities and systematic management are risking the lives and assets in shipping industry.
According to sources, the prices for ships built on tidal flats stand at just 40% level of the newbuilding prices of legitimate shipbuilders.

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