South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has raised its orderbook goal for 2017 to USD 6 billion, from last year’s USD 5.3 billion target as the shipbuilding industry is expected to slightly improve during 2017, according to Yonhap News Agency.
The announcement was made amid a protracted industry-wide slump and economic slowdown, as the company informed that this year would be a crucial point for its survival.
According to SHI’s president and CEO Park Dae-young, the shipbuilder had a project with a contract certain to be secured this year.
Earlier in January, the shipbuilder received an order worth KRW 1.5 trillion (USD 1.27 billion) to construct a large offshore platform for a US operator, the first order among Korean shipyards in 2017.
The semi-submersible production platform, which will be deployed in Gulf of Mexico’s Mad Dog Field, weighs 58,000 tons and has a capacity of 110,000 barrels of oil and 25mcf of gas.
World Maritime News Staff