The shipbuilding industry is known as "the head of comprehensive industries" among all national sectors,due to its wide-linked production line, long production process, and huge investment for each order. A single order to build a 10,000-ton vessel can provide 3,000 jobs for shipbuilders and related upstream in-dustries. At present, China has become the world's second largest shipbuilder. In 2008, China shipbuildingcapacity amounted to 2,881 million tons, 29.5% of the world total; China's ship orders accounted for 35.5% of the world total, and 37.7% of new orders.
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