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Yichang aims to become shipbuilding centre by 2016

20 November 2013
Yichang, where the Three Gorges Dam is located, has vowed to become the largest shipbuilding centre in the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze by 2016. The city has a historical link with China’s naval sector and boasts unique research and development capabilities. A number of its factories are turning into civilian use.

According to the city government’s blueprint, a major shipbuilding industrial park is being built at Baiyang to bring together all manufacturers and suppliers, with a focus on developing equipment for substations, power generation and transmission. The city aims to attract manufacturers of bulldozers, loaders and other engineering machinery to accelerate the development of products ranging from tower cranes to concrete mixers.

In the meantime, the city will support major players such as Yichang Shipyard, Damen Shipbuilding Corp, and Gezhouba Dam Ship Machinery to develop 3D hull computer design technology and database, modular construction, high performance special vessel design and manufacturing technology so as to build on a large scale liquid cargo ships, semi submersible barges, offshore oil drilling ships, dredgers, ocean tugboats, asphalt ships, liquefied gas carriers, engineering ships and other special vessels.

By 2016, the city will have a shipbuilding capacity of 1m tons and a marine diesel engine production capacity of more than 2m horsepower. The park is expected to generate an industrial output exceeding Rmb20bn.

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