A shipyard that has laid claim to be the largest in the world in terms of physical size has begun operation at Changxing Island in Dalian, a coastal city in northeast China’s Liaoning Province.
STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of the STX Group from the Republic of Korea and the major investor in the project, said the boatyard was now the largest in the world in terms of physical area. The firm did not reveal the cost of the yard.
Used for final assembly of big ships, the yard is 460 meters long, with a width of 135 meters and a height of 14.5 meters. It is able to accommodate two ships each with a dead weight tonnage of 320,000 tonnes to be built simultaneously.
China View reports the yard that had the title up until now was built by ROK-based Hanjin Heavy Industries in the Philippines.
The Dalian boatyard is 1 meter longer and 1 meter wider than its Filipino counterpart. Size does count.