Industrie et mondialisation

Workshop on the Future of Shipbuilding


On 29 November 2012, the OECD Council Working Party on Shipbuilding (WP6) hosted a workshop on “The Future of Shipbuilding” at OECD Headquarters in Paris. It was attended by representatives of OECD and non-OECD economies, international maritime organisations, industry groups including shipbuilders and ship owners/operators, classification societies, financiers, academics and trade union interests.

The workshop aimed to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to exchange views on the way ahead for government policy for the shipbuilding industry. An inherently cyclical industry, the shipbuilding sector is again undergoing change, this time as it faces the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis and confronts deeper long-term trends. Orders have plummeted and finance is tight, while competition from emerging shipbuilding economies is pressuring established players, and environmental issues are creating both obstacles and opportunities for shipbuilders.

At this juncture, policy makers are asking: what is the appropriate policy framework to enable the shipbuilding industry to position itself for the future? What could (or should) change in the policy mix to enable efficiency, innovativeness and sound performance in the shipbuilding industry over the long-term?

Over four sessions, the WP6 workshop stimulated debate amongst participants about possible lessons and future directions for policy making at the national and international levels.


Session 1: The outlook for shipbuilding

This session invited participants to discuss their views on the trends and future pressures facing the shipbuilding industry.


Paul van den Noord, OECD Economics Department, The Global Economic Outlook

Barrie Stevens, OECD International Futures Programme, The Future of the Ocean Economy – What implications for shipping and shipbuilding?

Roberto Cazzulo, International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), Changing demands on shipbuilders – Current regulatory trends and possible future developments related to safety

Tore Longva, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Shipping 2020 – Technology uptake in the world fleet towards 2020

Simon Bennett, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), The future of shipbuilding – The shipowners’ perspective

Bjorn Flaate, ABN AMRO, Trends and challenges for ship finance

Douwe Cunningham, SEA Europe, Scenarios for the shipbuilding industry

Session 2: Emerging visions and strategies for the shipbuilding industry

This session highlighted industry-led strategies to respond to market pressures as well as policies and strategies introduced by governments to address industry adjustment and dynamism.


Torger Reve, Norwegian Business School

Kjersti Kleven, Kleven Maritime, Investing for future competitiveness

Hiroshi Iwamoto, Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan, Financial Support Systems in Japan Introduction of JSIF and its background

Franco Papini, Brazilian Union of Shipbuilding, Shiprepair and Offshore Industries (SINAVAL)


Session 3: Panel discussion – Shaping the shipbuilding industry of tomorrow

Against the backdrop of current trends and strategies, a panel of speakers and delegates reflected on what further role policy can play for the future of shipbuilding.

Panel members:

Reinhard Lüken, German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association (VSM)

Shinichiro Otsubo, Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Torger Reve, Norwegian Business School

Umut Şentürk, Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications


Session 4: Summing up – Lessons for policy makers

This closing session aimed to distil the day’s discussion on future policy frameworks for the shipbuilding industry.


Martin Stopford, Clarkson Research Services



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