China’s shipbuilding industry was threatened to be derailed by the outbreak of Covid-19 earlier this year. It was the country where the coronavirus was first reported, and it was the first to impose lockdown measures that hampered industrial activity.

Shipyards were hit by labour and equipment shortages due to travel restrictions and the extension of the Chinese New Year holiday.

Chinese shipbuilders wasted no time in informing shipowners of possible delays to newbuildings under construction and turned to the internet to negotiate orders.