Key Chinese Shipyards

Map prepared by Eerishika Pankaj

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Here is a list of shipyards mapped:

(Information compiled by- Siddhant Nair and Ahana Roy)

1. Bohai 

The Bohai Shipyard engages in shipbuilding, repairing, and steel structure processing. The shipyard also serves as a research facility for technical equipment. The shipyard is located on the Bohai gulf. The shipyard is used by the Chinese to build nuclear submarines, with the first nuclear submarine being launched in 1981. Recently, satellite imagery showed that the Bohai shipyard was being upgraded which would allow it to build two submarines simultaneously. In total, the shipyard will have the capacity for four or five submarines in the sheds at one time.

2. Dalian

The Dalian Shipyard is a large shipbuilding shipyard, capable of building a ship with 36000 dwt capacity, and repairing more than 200 vessels annually. It is also an essential export base for electro-mechanical products. The shipyard has built over 2600 vessels since its liberation.

3. Jiangnan

Located on the northeast of Shanghai, Jiangnan shipyard is one of China’s largest commercial and naval shipbuilding facilities. The shipyard engages in building and repairing commercial vessels, and People’s Liberation Army vessels. The shipyard consists of eleven piers, four dry docks, assembly shops, storage areas, and administrative and engineering support facilities. Jiangnan has also been the site of China’s third aircraft carrier.

4. Hudong Zhonghua

Through the merger of Hudong Shipbuilding Group and Zhonghua shipyard, Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding was formed. It is a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), producing both military and civilian ships. The Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) – a type of amphibious assault ship was constructed here for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and launched in November 2021. In January 2022, Hudong-Zhonghua signed its largest LNG carrier shipbuilding contract with Japanese company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).

5. Wuchang

Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co Ltd shipyard is located in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province. An affiliate of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, the shipyard is a modernised base for the construction of submerged and surface vessels. Haixun 06, a large-scale ocean patrol ship, was launched from Wuchang Shipbuilding in February 2021. It is also a major manufacturing base for public service ships and ocean engineering equipment in China.

6. Huangpu Wenchong

Huangpu Wenchong is a subsidiary of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). The shipyard is located in Huangpu District, Guangzhou, adjacent to Huangpu Port. It is amongst the biggest shipyards that deal with constructing military and commercial cargo ships. China’s and the world’s first AI-powered drone mothership–Zhu Hai Yun–was launched from Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard in May 2022.

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