Able-bodied seaman: Government contracts and renewed commercial demand will drive industry growth

The Ship Building industry in Canada has rapidly expanded over the past five years. Industry players build, modify, convert and repair ships, including warships, icebreakers, ferries and offshore platforms. Prior to 2013, Canadian shipbuilding was a troubled industry, competing with foreign builders while dealing with inconsistent domestic demand. In an effort to rebuild its navy and coast guard, the federal government launched the $38.0 billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) in 2010, which effectively solved this problem. As NSPS-related ship construction ramps up, the industry will increase production. As a result, operators will expand facilities and hire more more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The Canadian government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy has fuelled industry demand
  • Increasing oil prices made offshore oil production more attractive across the world
  • Defence contracts will account for the vast majority of future industry growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Repairing shipsRepairs to ships typically generate the majority of industry revenue, although a boost in shipbuilding over recent years may invert this model in the upcoming years. Repair work and maintenance is largely performed on a routine basis. Most maintenance is done when anchored in a port or off-site at the plant or facility of a repairer. Occasionally, repairs can be done mid-voyage, during which crews are sent to ships on voyage in an effort to reduce vessel downtime. This segment's services range from pipes and metal fabrications to hydraulic and electrical repairs. Although still necessary for the industry because ships will always need some work, this segment has declined over the past five years as shipbuilding revenue has gone up. Nav...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Ship Building Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Ship Building Industry are

  • Financial structure of the company
  • Experienced workforce
  • Establishment of export markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government funding for defense and Total value of world trade in the Ship Building industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Ship Building Industry?

    Companies in the industry build, repair, convert and alter ships in shipyards. Shipyards are fixed facilities with dry docks and fabrication equipment capable of building ships, defined as watercraft suitable or intended for purposes other than personal or recreational use. This does not include boat-building activities.

    Industry Products
  • Civil Shipbuilding
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Structures and Components
  • Civil Repair and Maintenance Services
  • Naval Shipbuilding
  • Naval Repair and Maintenance Services
  • Industry Activities
  • Building barges
  • Building commercial fishing boats
  • Repairing ships in a shipyard
  • Manufacturing ships
  • Building cargo ships
  • Building container ships
  • Building dredges
  • Building ferryboats
  • Building fireboats
  • Building naval ships
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Government funding for defense
  • Total value of world trade
  • Government expenditure and investment
  • World price of steel
  • Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index
  • Demand from transportation and warehousing

  • Current Performance
  • Saving an industry
  • Growing headwinds
  • Other trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • NSPS remains vital
  • Headwinds and trade
  • Industry expansion and profit
  • Table: Ship Building Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ship Building Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Oil Drilling & Gas Extraction in Canada
  • Transportation and Warehousing In Canada
  • Ocean & Coastal Transportation in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aluminum Manufacturing in Canada
  • Engine & Turbine Manufacturing in Canada
  • Hardware Manufacturing in Canada
  • Metal Pipe & Tube Manufacturing in Canada
  • Navigational Instrument Manufacturing in Canada
  • Paint Manufacturing in Canada
  • Screw, Nut & Bolt Manufacturing in Canada
  • Steel Rolling & Drawing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Naval Repair and Maintenance Services
  • Civil Repair and Maintenance Services
  • Naval Shipbuilding
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Structures and Components
  • Civil Shipbuilding
  • Chart: Ship Building Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Defence
  • Federal and provincial governments
  • Commercial aerospace and marine sector
  • Other
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ship Building Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ship Building

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ship Building Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Chantier Davie Canada Inc., Irving Shipbuilding, Seaspan ULC,
  • Table: Chantier Davie Canada Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Irving Shipbuilding - financial performance
  • Table: Seaspan ULC - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ship Building Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Ship Building Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Defence spending (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A flat-bottomed boat that is built mainly for river and canal transportation of heavy goods.
  • Panamax-Size
  • A ship between 55,000 dwt and 80,000 dwt, the largest ship capable of navigating in the Panama Canal.
  • Shipyard
  • A fixed facility with dry docks and fabrication equipment capable of building a ship.
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