In a message to all employees, the new chief of South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), said Monday that the company needs to secure more orders by gaining price competitiveness.
Hyundai Heavy Industries is expected to sign an official agreement with Korea Development Bank on March 8 to take over Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. However, even if the deal closes, HHI will still have to solve several issues in order to fully acquire DSME. One of the issues the HHI faces is that is the evaluation of the merger proposal by major countries, such as the US, the EU, China and Japan.
The merger between Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is expected to boost the orderbook of LNG vessels, according to Vessels Value. The merger will double the orderbook of HHI from USD 6 billion to more than USD 12 million. In the possibility that the merger is official and finalized, the results will have reverberations in the newbuild market.
Hyundai Heavy Industries’ plan to acquire Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering is experiencing difficulties, as union members of the two shipbuilders decided to start a strike to oppose to the possible takeover. The reason why the unions oppose, is that the acquisition is possible to lead to layoffs across overlapping jobs in the design, sales and research departments.
The majority of employees working at South Korea’s DSME decided to go on strike in a bid to oppose a takeover by Hyundai Heavy Industries , on February 19. The decision to go on strike was supported by a majority of DSME workers South Korea’s Yonhap informed.
The labour union at Hyundai Heavy Industries, demanded from the company to provide job guarantees to its employees if it wants to go ahead with the takeover of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. Namely, during January, Korea Development Bank, DSME’s largest shareholder, signed an MoU with Hyundai Heavy Industries to sell its stake.
Hyundai Heavy Industries expressed its interest on buying, the second-placed, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd (DSME). If the purchase was to proceed, HHI would control more than 20% of the global market, according to Reuters. Also, Korea Development Bank, the biggest shareholder of DSME, reported that it has signed a conditional deal with Hyundai Heavy Industries Group to sell Daewoo shares.
The 2018 has been a better-than-expected year for South Korean shipbuilders, with an increase in new orders and especially in LNG ships. The combined new orders won by the shipyards in 2018 are almost up 20% compared with last year.
South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has signed a deal for the construction of an additional LNG carrier, reaching this year’s orders for the company to 18.
HMM finalised the contracts for its twenty eco-friendly mega containerships. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries will construct seven and five 23,000 TEU containerships, for delivery in the second quarter of 2020. HHI will build eight 15,000 TEU containerships, for delivery in the second quarter of 2021.
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