Industry and globalisation



shipbuilding landing

The OECD Council Working Party on Shipbuilding (WP6) provides an international platform for the exchange of information as well as the elaboration of economic and policy analysis on several aspects of the shipbuilding sector. Under its mandate, the WP6 aims to establish normal competitive conditions in the shipbuilding industry, notably by encouraging transparency and consulting with both non-OECD economies and relevant industry groups.

The work of the WP6 for the 2015 – 2016 period covers areas such as:

  • The compilation and analysis of subsidies and other support measures provided to the shipbuilding sector through an inventory in which a number of non-OECD economies also participate.
  • Analyzing the nature and effect of factors that can distort the shipbuilding market.
  • Country-level peer reviews of domestic shipbuilding industry and related government policies. 
  • Analyzing supply and demand, and the extent of excess supply and capacity in the global shipbuilding industry. 
  • Studies on policies encouraging the production and operation of greener ships.


2017 - Workshop: Green Growth of Maritime Industries

2016 - Workshop: Maritime Clusters and Global Challenges - WP6 50th Anniversary

2015 - Workshop: Supply and Demand in the Shipbuilding Industry

2014 - Workshop: Shipbuilding and the Offshore Industry

2013 - Workshop: Global Value Chains in Shipbuilding

2012 - Workshop: The Future of Shipbuilding

2012 - Special Session on Market Distorting Factors

2011 - Workshop: Green Growth in Shipbuilding

2009 - Market Distorting Factors in the Shipbuilding Industry

2009 - Discussion: Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Shipbuilding Industry

2008 - The Changing Structure of the World Shipbuilding Industry

2006 - The Global Shipbuilding Industry: A Stock-take



Analysis of Selected Measures Promoting the Construction and Operation of Greener Ships

Environmental Policy and Technological Innovation in Shipbuilding 2015

Shipbuilding and the Offshore Industry 2015

Offshore Vessel, Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit & Floating Production Unit Market Review 2014

Encouraging Green Ships 2013

The Interaction between the Ship Repair, Ship Conversion and Shipbuilding Industries 2010



Peer Reviews

The Shipbuilding Industry in Norway 2016

The Shipbuilding Industry in Germany 2015

Korean Shipbuilding Industry and Related Government Policies, 2014

The Shipbuilding Industry in Portugal 2013

The Shipbuilding Industry in Japan 2012

Other notes

The Shipbuilding Industry in Turkey 2011

OECD Journal General Papers 2010 containing:

The Shipbuilding Industry in China

The Shipbuilding Industry in Viet Nam

The Shipbuilding Industry in Chinese Taipei 2009



The shipbuilding industry was severely affected by the 2008 global financial crisis, and recent years have seen very low levels of new orders received by virtually all shipyards. The global industry now faces a number of challenges, most notably global excess supply and excess capacity, which will place the economic viability of the industry under pressure in some parts of the world.

Persistent worldwide overcapacity may encourage governments to provide support through subsidies and other measures, as well as spur other market distorting practices, which can create major structural problems even in the most efficient shipbuilding industries. But potential market distortions can be addressed through close co-operation among economies, with significant shipbuilding sectors and the active involvement of industry.

 Imbalances in the Shipping Industry and Assessment of Policy Responses


The Inventory of Government Subsidies and Other Support Measures is a regular exercise for the WP6. The main aim of this exercise is to provide transparency and continuity of data on support measures for the shipbuilding industry. As well as WP6 participants, the Inventory provides some information on the support measures in Partner economies.



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