Any delay in ship delivery can lead to penalties and affect the already low margin of the shipyard. New production technologies are required to deliver faster and cheaper while maintaining quality. This transition is even more present in the biggest Asian shipyards, illustrating the significant consolidation within the shipbuilding industry over the last 15 years.

The top 10 shipyard groups account for 71% of the global order book

Source: Splash


Following years of decline in new ship orders, the global shipyard landscape is expanding amid unprecedentedly large order books. Influenced by the knowledge that a substantial portion of existing fleets must be replaced to comply with emerging green regulations, shipbuilders are now looking for digital manufacturing solutions that drive automation in the shop floor to increase efficiencies across all shipyard departments.

As it stands, some of the world's largest shipbuilders are affected by late delivery penalties and higher manufacturing costs.

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. blamed the loss on penalties worth 20 billion won ($14,5M) for the late delivery of a special-purpose ship and rising thick steel plate prices.

Source: The Korean Herald

Embracing the concept of a smart shipyard has become imperative for industry players looking to stay ahead of the competition. A smart shipyard leverages advanced technologies and data driven solutions to optimize all aspects of shipbuilding:

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Dassault Systèmes' DELMIA Shipyard Manufacturing Execution and Monitoring solution stands out for its well-known customization capabilities tailored for large shipyards dealing with:

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The solution allows manufacturers to use data-driven KPIs to measure productivity, material flow and cycle times – enhancing the entire production system with real-time updates.

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Shipyards and suppliers with specific workshop requirements can benefit from Dassault Systèmes' DELMIA planning and scheduling solution. The solution allows shipyards and suppliers to efficiently define, optimize and manage shipyard resources and production plans.

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Today's shipyards face challenges on many fronts and must transform their process to stay competitive.

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Challenge: Workforce Management

The shipbuilding industry requires an experienced workforce to undertake highly complex projects like submarines or commercial vessels.

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