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CSBC Corporation, Taiwan

CSBC Corporation, Taiwan (Chinese: 台灣國際造船; pinyin: Táiwān Guójì Zàochuán, literally "Taiwan International Shipbuilding"), formerly known as China Shipbuilding Corporation (CSBC, Chinese: 中國造船; pinyin: Zhōngguó Zàochuán), is a company that produces ships for civilian and military use in Taiwan. It is headquartered in Kaohsiung, with shipyards in Kaohsiung and Keelung. It was a state-owned enterprise before privatization via an IPO in 2008.

CSBC Corporation, Taiwan
Native name
Founded1937; 82 years ago (1937)
HeadquartersSiaogang, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Key people
Cheng Wen-lon (Chairperson)
Tseng Kuo-cheng (President)
OwnerGovernment of Taiwan (22.21%)
127 Xinbei, a 2000-ton patrol vessel built for Coast Guard Administration
Keelung Yard, CSBC Corporation, Taiwan
Pan Shi Fast Combat Support Ship (AOE-532)
Sea-Based X-Band Radar enters Pearl Harbor on 9 January 2006 on its way to Adak Island, Alaska, transported by MV Blue Marlin.
102 Wei Hsung, a 1,800-ton patrol vessel built for the Coast Guard Administration in 1992
CMA CGM Fort St Pierre, launched 2003


CSBC Corporation, Taiwan is the result of the merger of Taiwan Shipbuilding Corporation and China Shipbuilding Corporation.

Taiwan Shipbuilding began in 1937 during the Japanese colonial period when Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Corporation founded the Taiwan Dockyard Corporation. Following Japan's defeat in World War II, the Republic of China authorities established Taiwan Machinery and Shipbuilding Company by merging the existing Taiwan Dockyard Corporation with Taiwan Steel Works and Tōkō Kōgyō Corporation. Two years later, in 1948, the company split into two state-owned companies called Taiwan Machinery Corporation and Taiwan Shipbuilding Corporation (TSBC). China Shipbuilding Corporation (CSBC) was founded in 1973 and reverted to a government-owned company in 1977. CSBC and TSBC merged in 1978 and was known as China Shipbuilding Corporation until 2007.[1]

On 9 February 2007, the board approved the name change to Taiwan Shipbuilding Corporation with immediate effect, with a ceremony to take place on February 12 to commemorate the name change.[2] Critics argued that the name change was another case of President Chen's desinicization act, while proponents argued that the name change would help to avoid potential confusion with China.[3] In 2008 CSBC’s production value reached 1.131b USD, 54% of Taiwan’s total shipbuilding industry output for that year.[4]

According to its website, the company has built container ships, one-of-a-kind commercial ships and semi-submersible heavy-lift transport ships, including the MV Blue Marlin. Furthermore, it has built ships, submarines and advanced naval weapons for the Republic of China Navy, patrol vessels for the Coast Guard Administration (Taiwan), and research vessels for the Taiwan Ocean Research Institute.[5] CSBC is participating in the development of the first domestic Taiwanese AUV.[6]

In 2018 CSBC entered into an alliance with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, Taiwan Navigation Co Ltd, and Taiwan International Ports Corporation to provide marine services to Taiwan's burgeoning offshore wind power sector.[7] CSBC has a joint venture with DEME Wind Engineering to offer wind farm construction in East Asia. In 2019 they were hired by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to transport and install wind turbines at two new wind farm off Taiwan.[8] The two wind farms have a combined capacity of 600MW and are expected to be completed by 2023.[9]

CSBC has been contracted to build eight conventional attack submarines for the Republic of China Navy.[10] The model featured an X-form rudder.[11] The initial project contract is for US$3.3 billion with projected procurement costs of US$10bn for a fleet of ten boats.[12]

CSBC is set to deliver ten 2,800 TEU container vessels to Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation between January 2020 and February 2021.[13][14]

In July 2019 CSBC launched the CSBC No. 15, a barge designed to support CSBC’s offshore wind power business. The barge has a loading capacity of 23,000 metric tons and a loading deck bearing strength 20 metric tons per square meter. It is 41 meters wide by 140 meters long and cost NT$700 million to build.[15]

Ships builtEdit



  • CMA CGM Fort Saint Louis
  • CMA CGM Fort Saint Pierre
  • CMA CGM Fort Sainte Marie
  • CMA CGM Fort Saint Georges

Modification and repairEdit

As of 2019 ship repair accounted for 3–5% of CSBC revenues, with the company working to increase that share because of favorable margins in the space.[16]

In 2019 CSBC Corp. completed a green retrofit of a 13,000 TEU container ship owned by Orient Overseas Container Line. Modifications included a flue gas desulfurization system to bring the ship into compliance with United Nations IMO 2020 emissions goals.[17]

Popular cultureEdit

CSBC and one of its ships is featured in episode two of the National Geographic Channel’s Superstructures: Engineering Marvels.[18]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About CSBC". CSBC. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "NAME CHANGE OF CPC TO TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY: ECONOMICS MINISTER". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-02-10.
  3. ^ "State-run firms begin name change". Taipei Times. 2007-02-10. Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2007-05-06.
  4. ^ "Shipbuilding industry in Chinese Taipei" (PDF). OECD. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  5. ^ Morgan, Scott. "Taiwan's new ocean research fleet to be delivered in June 2019". Taiwan News. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. ^ Chen Chih-chong and, Kuan-lin Liu. "Taiwan plans to launch its first indigenous AUV within 5 years". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  7. ^ Chen, Ted. "CSBC unveils alliance to tap demand for offshore wind marine services". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  8. ^ Durakovic, Adnan. "CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering and CIP Sign Turbine Installation Contract". Offshore Wind. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  9. ^ Durakovic, Adnan. "Boskalis Cracks Asian Offshore Wind Market". Offshore Wind. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  10. ^ Banks, Martin. "In Face of Chinese 'Aggression' Taiwan Beefs Up its Own Defenses". International Policy Digest. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  11. ^ Everington, Keoni. "Model of Taiwan's domestically-made submarine revealed". Taiwan News. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  12. ^ Jennings, Ralph. "Taiwan breaks ground to build its own submarines". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Three Container Vessel Operators Partner with Navis for Loading Computer in Newbuildings". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  14. ^ Ang, Irene. "CSBC lands $500m Yang Ming feeder boxship order". Trade Wind News. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  15. ^ Frances Huang, Wei Shu and. "New CSBC barge begins operations, eyes wind power business". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  16. ^ Shih-ching, Kao. "CSBC Corp optimistic about its repair business with contract for two vessels". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  17. ^ DeAeth, Duncan. "Taiwan's CSBC Corp. completes desulfurization mod on 13,000-TEU container ship". Taiwan News. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Superstructures: Engineering Marvels". National Geographic. Retrieved 24 April 2019.

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