Industry and globalisation



shipbuilding landing
AZZAM © Klaus Jordan Lürssen

The OECD Council Working Party on Shipbuilding (WP6) provides an international platform for the exchange of information as well as the elaboration of economic and policy analysis on several aspects of the shipbuilding sector. Under its mandate, the WP6 aims to establish normal competitive conditions in the shipbuilding industry, notably by encouraging transparency and consulting with both non-OECD economies and relevant industry groups.

The work of the WP6 for the 2015 – 2016 period covers areas such as:

> The compilation and analysis of subsidies and other support measures provided to the shipbuilding sector through an inventory in which a number of non-OECD economies also participate.

> Analyzing the nature and effect of factors that can distort the shipbuilding market.

> Country-level peer reviews of domestic shipbuilding industry and related government policies. 

> Analyzing supply and demand, and the extent of excess supply and capacity in the global shipbuilding industry. 

> Studies on policies encouraging the production and operation of greener ships.


Country profiles

Peer Reviews

Further Country notes

The Shipbuilding Industry in Norway (2017) Turkey_small The Shipbuilding Industry in Turkey (2011)
Japan flag The Shipbuilding Industry in Japan (2016) OECD Journal General Papers (2010) containing:

Germany flag

The Shipbuilding Industry in Germany (2016)

>The Shipbuilding Industry in China

The Shipbuilding Industry in Portugal (2016) (2014)


>The Shipbuilding Industry in Viet Nam

Korean Shipbuilding Industry and Related Government Policies (2015) The Shipbuilding Industry in Chinese Taipei (2009)


December 2016
Workshop on Maritime Clusters and Global Challenges - 50th Anniversay of the WP6

November 2015
Workshop on Supply and Demand in the Shipbuilding Industry

November 2014
Workshop on Shipbuilding and the Offshore Industry

November 2013
Workshop on Global Value Chains in Shipbuilding

November 2012
Workshop on the Future of Shipbuilding

June 2012
Special Session on Market Distorting Factors

July 2011
WP6 Workshop on Green Growth in Shipbuilding

December 2009
Market Distorting Factors in the Shipbuilding Industry

July 2009
Discussion on the Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Shipbuilding Industry

December 2008
The Changing Structure of the World Shipbuilding Industry

December 2006
The Global Shipbuilding Industry: A Stock-take

Data and Resources

Environmental Policy and Technological Innovation in Shipbuilding 2015
Shipbuilding nations are keen to improve the environmental sustainability and innovativeness of their shipbuilding industries. 

Shipbuilding and the Offshore Industry 2015
The offshore sector is an increasingly important market segment for the shipbuilding industry.


Offshore Vessel, Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit and Floating Production Unit Market Review 2014
Report on WP6’s discussions regarding shipbuilding and the offshore industry


Encouraging Green Ships 2013
Report on better understanding what actions may be available to governments to encourage reduction of CO2 emissions from ships, including both new builds and ships in operation.


The Interaction between the Ship Repair, Ship Conversion and Shipbuilding Industries 2010
This report examines the interaction between ship yards, in particular how feasible it is for yards to move from one activity to the other, or perhaps to engage in both at the same time. 

Excess supply and excess capacity

The shipbuilding industry was severely affected by the 2008 global financial crisis, and recent years have seen very low levels of new orders received by virtually all shipyards. The global industry now faces a number of challenges, most notably global excess supply and excess capacity, which will place the economic viability of the industry under pressure in some parts of the world.

Persistent worldwide overcapacity may encourage governments to provide support through subsidies and other measures, as well as spur other market distorting practices, which can create major structural problems even in the most efficient shipbuilding industries. But potential market distortions can be addressed through close co-operation among economies, with significant shipbuilding sectors and the active involvement of industry.

shipbuilding construction
Lloyd_Ceona Amazon Huisman

Inventory of government support measures

The Inventory of Government Subsidies and Other Support Measures is a regular exercise for the WP6. The main aim of this exercise is to provide transparency and continuity of data on support measures for the shipbuilding industry. As well as WP6 participants, the Inventory provides some information on the support measures in Partner economies.


For further information please contact the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation at


Related Documents