The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Ship & Boat Building global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the five years to 2017, the Global Ship and Boat Building industry experienced stormy waters. The economic downturn and subsequent overcapacity in the shipping industry led to a collapse in new orders. Consequently, industry backlogs were eventually depleted and production plunged. Therefore, over the five years to 2017, industry revenue is expected to fall. Moving forward, the recent fall in orders for dry bulk cargo ships and offshore vessels will continue to negatively impact the industry. Moreover, the shipping industry overall will continue to suffer from overcapacity, tempering demand for most types of cargo ships. However, demand is anticipated to eventually stabilize as the need for more fuel-efficient ships, new regulations and economic growth increase vessel orders...

Industry SWOT Analysis

The Global Ship and Boat Building industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. Over the 10 years to 2022, the industry's value added (IVA), measured as an industry's contribution to the world economy, is expected to decline at an annualized rate of 3.1%, while world GDP is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 3.0% during the 10-year period. Despite declining IVA, the industry is composed of stable and clearly defined product segments causing it to remain in the mature phase of its life cycle.

The industry has been around for most of human civilization, while modern cargo ships are vital to trade. About 90.0% of world trade is conducted by industry products. In particular, raw materials such as iron ore and coal are typically transported on cargo ships. As ..

Additional Insights for the Global Ship & Boat Building Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Ship & Boat Building Industry are

  • Undertaking technical research and development
  • Financial structure of the company
  • Well-developed internal processes
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total value of world trade and Global consumer spending in the Global Ship & Boat Building industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Global Ship & Boat Building Industry?

    Companies in this industry operate shipyards or boatyards. Shipyards are fixed facilities with dry docks and fabrication equipment capable of building ships, including barges, cargo ships, container ships, ferryboats, fishing boats, passenger ships, patrol boats and sailing ships. While ships are intended primarily for commercial use, boats are defined as watercraft typically suitable or intended for personal use and include cabin cruisers, dinghies, motorboats and rowboats.

    Industry Products
    Bulk carriers
    Dry cargo ships
    Industry Activities
    Building barges
    Building cargo ships
    Building container ships
    Building passenger ships
    Repairing ships
    Converting and altering ships
    Producing prefabricated ship and barge sections
    Providing specialized ship services

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total value of world trade
  • Global consumer spending
  • Industrial production index of OECD countries
  • World price of steel
  • World production of oil

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and demand
  • Competition and trade
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • The storm continues
  • Industry cuts down
  • Table: Global Ship & Boat Building Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Ship & Boat Building Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Hunting and Fishing
  • Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
  • Global Iron Ore Mining
  • Global Deep-Sea, Coastal & Inland Water Transportation
  • Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
  • Global Computer Hardware Manufacturing
  • Global Forestry
  • Global Glass and Glass Products Manufacturing
  • Global Iron and Steel Pipe and Tube Manufacturing
  • Other Global Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Bulk carriers
  • Dry cargo ships
  • Tankers
  • Other
  • Chart: Global Ship & Boat Building Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Shipbuilding
  • Boatbuilding

  • Major Markets
  • Commodity carriers
  • Container and other cargo lines
  • Other
  • Passenger companies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Ship & Boat Building Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Ship & Boat Building

  • Basis of Competition
  • Shipbuilding
  • Boatbuilding

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Ship & Boat Building Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.
  • Table: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Ship & Boat Building Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Ship & Boat Building Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Global consumer spending (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Deadweight Tons (Dwt)
  • An expression of a ship's carrying capacity, including the weight of the crew, passengers, cargo, fuel, ballast, drinking water and stores.
  • Order Book
  • Ship and boat builders often have considerable volumes of orders under construction, or awaiting construction. A large order book insulates a company from peaks and troughs in the market.
  • Transom
  • In naval architecture, this is the surface that forms the stern (rear) of a vessel.
  • Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (Teu)
  • A measure used in intermodal transport.
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