Chinese shipbuilding industry


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I know. It's from David Axe. But I just love the headline, those fiendish Chinese!

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Surprise! The Chinese Navy Just Transformed This Cargo Ship Into An Instant Helicopter Carrier
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I see Axe is still the hack I remember from him writing ten years ago.
 

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Shipyard In China Launched The 25th Type 052D And 8th Type 055 Destroyers For PLAN

The Chinese naval shipbuilding industry continues to demonstrate an impressive production rate in 2020: The Dalian shipyard yesterday simultaneously launched two new destroyers for the PLAN: A Type 052 and a Type 055.

As we previously reported, China shipbuilders launched a total of 10 destroyers in 2019, with the 24th Type 052D and the 6th Type 055 launched by Dalian shipyard on 26 December, setting a new record.

For the record, the first Type 055 was launched on 28 June 2017. In just over three years (38 months exactly), China managed to launch eight of those large destroyers (180 meters in length with a total displacement of 13,000 tons). What’s more: China launched 13 Type 052D destroyers (157 meters in length with a displacement of 7,500 tons) in the same time frame (August 2017 to August 2020).

In the past 8 years, Jiangnan Shipyard near Shanghai produced an impressive 18 Type 052D destroyers while Dalian Shipyard produced 9 Type 052D.
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A bit of Russian shipbuilding news, as local Zvezda shipbuilder gets contract to build 14 state of the art Arc7 ice breaking LNG carriers.

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Two new Yamal LNG carriers coming down the pike. One is the LNG Phecda, owned by Mitsui OK and COSCO, built by Hudong Zhonghua.

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These ships are strategically important for Russia's energy industry.

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A bit of Russian shipbuilding news, as local Zvezda shipbuilder gets contract to build 14 state of the art Arc7 ice breaking LNG carriers.

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Two new Yamal LNG carriers coming down the pike. One is the LNG Phecda, owned by Mitsui OK and COSCO, built by Hudong Zhonghua.

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These ships are strategically important for Russia's energy industry.

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A bit off topic but educational as we are seeing a resurrection of the Russian shipbuilding industry. Zvezda Shipyard is Russia's new shipbuilding champion, and it has recently completed a 485 meter long drydock in the Russian Far East. That's about like any of the Asian drydocks you see in China, S. Korea and Japan that are used to pound out 400 meter long ships.


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  • Zvezda Shipbuilding complex is finishing dry dock construction
    Construction of dry docks, one of the largest world, at Zvezda Shipbuilding complex is coming to an end, Rosneft says in a press release. Pre-commissioning operations are in progress. The unique hydraulic engineering installations measuring 485 by 114 by 14 metres creates unlimited possibilities for construction of ships of any possible size and complexity. The dry dock will be commissioned 4 years ahead of the scheduled time.
    At the moment Zvezda specialists in cooperation with Federal Environmental Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service of Russia (Rostechnadzor) and the Department of State Expertise are testing the dry dock and the facility’s equipment to ensure readiness of machines and mechanisms for work. Previously, in order to control the filter system of the hydraulic engineering installations, the dry dock was filled with water. The floating dock gate has been winded and installed. It separates the dock chamber, the bottom of which is below the water level, from the sea waters. The technological shutter was delivered to the dock in order to split the dock area into separate independent boxes in order to build several ships at once. The dock was equipped with 4 crane towers with lifting capacity of 60 tonnes each and the Goliath gantry crane with lifting capacity of 1,200 tonnes. Pre-commissioning operations are in progress.
    Zvezda Shipbuilding complex is being constructed by in the Far East by the Rosneft-led investor Consortium upon the instruction of President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The following facilities have already been put into operation on Zvezda Shipbuilding complex: the hull production workshop, painting booths, the open heavy outfitting slipway equipped with a park of unique cranes and a state-of-the-art ship transportation system, and the floating transfer dock. The workshops built made it possible to start the construction of a number of ships before the completion of the second stage.
    At the moment the Shipyard's order portfolio amounts to over 40 vessels - 59 vessels including options. The Shipyard's pilot throughput is provided by Rosneft that placed an order for 28 vessels. Zvezda’s product line will include vessels of up to 350 tonnes displacement, components of marine platforms, ice-class vessels, commercial vessels for cargo transportation, specialty vessels, and other types of marine equipment of any complexity, characteristics and purposes, including those that had not previously been produced in Russia due to the lack of required launching and hydraulic structures.
    Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex will rival foreign shipyards and provide Russia with a civil fleet to develop offshore fields and smoothly operate the Northern Sea Route--the shortest route between Europe and Asia.
Such a drydock can help Russia build a Nimitz sized aircraft carrier, potentially, however there is already a long list of ships to build for customers.

The Northern Sea Route --- from the Arctic Ocean, through the Bering Straits and down to the Pacific --- is going to become strategically important for China-Russia oil relations, and it can also be a shortened route delivering goods to Europe, instead of passing to the south at the Malacca Straits, to the Indian Ocean, and up the Suez. The Southern Indian Ocean route can be threatened by Australia and India, and is bottle necked at the Malacca Straits, the Red Sea, and the Suez Canal.

To support both North and Northwest Passage routes, China should look more into building more ice breaking capable ships such as ARC 7 ships.


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A new sistership of this is being fitted in Jiangnan right now, along with the 003 carrier, the CMA CGN containerships, the 055 and 052D destroyers being built and fitted there right now.

The Yuan Wang 7 space tracking ship is a pretty awesome ship to talk about by itself, even though hardly anyone talks about it. These ships play a vital role in China's space and ballistic missile programs. One of a fleet of Yuan Wang ships, these ships gives China the ability to monitor every satellite around the world.

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Last April 2020, the Yuan Wang 7 was in the Atlantic for a mission.

 
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CMA CGN Brazil is making its way down the US East Coast and leaving a trail of in awe articles.

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This ship is about 366 meters long and is 51 meters wide.


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Despite its humongous size, and being the largest ship to visit the eastern US and Canadian ports, its not even among the biggest boxships today. The ship is only a 15,000 TEU plus, with the biggest container ships now exceeding 23,000 TEU.

For example, the CMA CGN containerships being made in Jiangnan, of which there are at least five, are a full 400 meter length and a beam of 61 meters with just over 23,000 TEU.

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As far as the biggest containerships now, regulation now limits them to 400 meters long and 61 meters in beam, or they are too big for the ports.

Ships bigger than CMA CGN Brazil hasn't visited the US East Coast yet, and that may have something to do with the limitations of ports there.
 

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