Hudong–Zhonghua hosts opening ceremony for new $2.8 billion shipyard
A groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of the China Shipbuilding Changxing Shipbuilding Base was organized by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a China State Shipbuilding Corporation subsidiary.
The new Hudong-Zhonghua factory site is located along Shanghai Changxing Island's south shore, with a total construction area of 431.8 hectares and an investment of 18 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) expected.
The facility will incorporate R&D and design facilities, as well as construction and outfitting facilities, with a planned capacity of six ships for construction.
The area for development in the first phase is 214. 6 hectares with 8 billion yuan of expected investment. By the end of 2023, it is expected to be completed.
The second phase of the project for the Changxing Shipbuilding Base will determine the future of the construction of Hudong Zhonghua.
By using smart architecture, digital manufacturing, big data management, robot welding, and the Internet of Things to build smart production lines, control, and management, Hudong Zhonghua plans to use the facility to upgrade its manufacturing.
The company aims to create a high-efficiency shipbuilding enterprise, resulting in energy-saving production processes and environmental sustainability.
Maritime Business World