Relocation of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard to Changxing Island Near Shanghai
According to a CSSC statement on the Weibo social media platform, the second phase of developing a new shipyard would involve relocation of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard to Changxing Island Near Shanghai on 4 January. A total investment of CNY18 billion ($2.8 billion) is scheduled to be made in the project, which will be split into two development stages. The project’s first phase is expected to be finished in 2023, with six specialized boats a year. According to Hudong-Zhonghua, the Relocation of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard to new location on Changxing island would be expanded as a huge shipbuilding yard outfitted with more modernized technology.
Hudong-Zhonghua, one of China’s major naval shipyards, is presently building the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) third 35,000-tonne Type 075 (Yushen)-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessel, as well as four Type 054A/P-class frigates for the Pakistan Navy. It has produced 7 Type 071-class amphibious assault ships, 13 Type 054A (Jiangkai II)-class frigates, 22 Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvettes, and 8 Type 815A-class specialized intelligence collecting ships in the last ten years. It is also a major player in commercial shipbuilding.
Additional jetties were built in 2014 at the new Hudong-Zhonghua site, and existing ones were expanded, resulting in berthing facilities stretching over 3,000 m, suggesting that the move is part of a long-term strategy. The second stage of the Changxing Shipbuilding Base project represents the future of Hudong Zhonghua’s growth. Under the leadership of the “China Shipbuilding Corporation High-quality Development Strategy Outline,” Hudong Zhonghua will utilize this as a chance to establish a fusion of intelligent design, automated production, and manufacturing. Big data algorithm is associated, with 5G+ Internet dispatching, robot welding, and Internet of Things operation, encompassing a complete intelligent training system, including intelligent units, intelligent manufacturing methods, and sensing systems.