Overall $49.6bn (12.8m cgt) has been invested in the first eight months of this year, which is down 26% year-on-year when annualized (down 42% in CGT terms).
According to Clarkson, investment in ship-shaped offshore units, such as drillship, offshore supply vessel, FPSO, etc., reached $29.1bn, which equates to 58.7% of total investment ytd and leads this year's newbuilding market.
Meanwhile, a total of $5.2bn has been invested in gas carriers, including LNG carriers with $3.7bn (19 vessels) and LPG carriers with $1.5bn (38).
Bulkers saw $4.9bn of orders, of them $3.4bn has been invested in smaller vessels of under 80,000-dwt. Overall $4.2bn has been invested in tanker, of them MR PC booked around $2.2bn (55). Investment in boxship reached only $2.3bn, while order for cruise ship and Ro-Ro totalled $2.2bn (four) and $300m (17) each.
During the first eight months of the year, Korean shipyards have inked a total of $16.4bn (4.8m cgt) and placed in the first place. Brazilian shipbuilders follow after Koreans by having contracted $13.3bn (0.8m cgt) with massive orders for offshore vessels.
Chinese, Norwegian and Japanese follow next with orders amounting $8.8bn (4.3m cgt), $2.9bn (0.3m cgt) and $2.6bn (1.5m cgt), respectively.
As for investment by owner country, Norwegian owners invested the most funds in new vessels ($11.3bn) and Brazilian comes next with investment totalling $9.1bn. The US, Greek, Japanese and Chinese owners follows by having invested $4.9bn, $4.3bn, $3bn and $2bn each.