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History
Afai Southern Shipyard (Panyu Guangzhou) Ltd., formerly known as Nan Hui High Speed Craft Manufacturing Co., Ltd., was invested and founded in 1992 by Afai Southern Holding (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. which was a joint venture in Hong Kong by Guangzhou Shipping Group’s subsidiary--Hong Kong Southern Shipping Enterprise Co., Ltd., and the Szeto Family.
At the beginning, the company’s construction and production were carried out concurrently, cultivated a batch of technical backbone force for building aluminium vessels. Just 6 years later, with advanced technology Afai Southern entered into international aluminium ships building market, and built more than 10 aluminium vessels, among them, K50 delivered in1998 is now operating in line from Miami to Bahamas, its quality has been highly commented by DNV. The manufacture of K50 marked that Afai Southern had achieved the advanced rank of aluminium ship manufacturers in the world.
In 1999, the company’s business and development met resistance due to serious affection by the Asian financial crisis.
At the end of 2004, China Shipbuilding Industrial Corporation"s subsidiary bought the Szeto Family"s shares (51% shares), and established cooperation with China Shipping Group (49% shares). Under the Board’s decision, according to company"s tenet of “Cultivate the top-rate talent, construct the top-rate shipyard, build the top-rate ship, create the top-rate brand”, the management team led their staff to follow the principle of people-oriented and create first-class brand, make Afai Southern glow with vigor, develop stably and go onto the way for re-creating brilliance.
In 2005, Afai Southern commenced construction of 3 coastal rescue vessels for The Rescue and Salvage Bureau of Ministry of Communication and Transportation of China. These vessels are used to undertake social public welfare task of human life rescue speedily at coastal sea. It is the first time in the world to apply wave-piercing catamaran into professional rescue field, and awarded the third prize of “China Navigation Technology Progress Prize of year 2008”.
From the beginning of 2006, Afai Southern cooperated with Damen Group to build vessels. Two 85m ro-pax, which are the biggest aluminium vessels built in China, delivered to Turkish owner. It can sail ahead in both end"s directions, move laterally and turn circle at one place. BV highly appreciated the quality of these vessels. Most of the vessels were exported to Singapore,Dubai,Canada etc. The company makes joint efforts and is enterprising. In business management, production technology, personnel training and other aspects, Afai Southern moves new steps and achieved progress.
In 2010, our company developed the domestic market actively, contracted the design and construction tasks of 4 high speed catamaran ferries for two Shenzhen and Zhuhai fast ferry companies, to build the new benchmark for the ship type of fast ferry in the area of Pearl River, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Macao.
In 2011, won the tender of 4-6# coastal fast rescue vessels of China Rescue and Salvage System.
In January of 2012, our company establishes the technology center, forms independent detailed design and production design capacity of aluminum alloy vessel, as well as digests and absorbs the advanced high-speed vessels’ design technology all over the world stage by stage, promotes the technical content and reserve continually, pushes the transformation and upgrading of enterprise, strives to take the preemptive opportunities, tries to be the pacemaker of domestic aluminum alloy ship industry.
In December of 2012, Afai Southern was awarded the title of “2012 Guangdong Independent Innovation Benchmark Enterprise”.
In January of 2013, won the tender of building coastal fast rescue vessels(7-10#) for China Rescue & Salvage System.
In March of 2013, signed the contract of designing and building seven ferries of 2000 passengers each with the STATE of RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil. Through the fierce competition with the competitors in the same industry from other 22 countries, Afai won the bidding at one swoop, a rarely big order for the full aluminium vessels in recent years around the world, which eablishes Afai’s strongly arising status in the same industry internationally.
Looking to the future, Afai Southern will continue to meet challenge, to create world-renowned brand, so as to become one of world-renowned manufacturer of aluminium vessels.
Production Technology
On the basis of aluminium alloy wave-piercing catamaran, by combining different vessel types’ requirements, Afai Southern undertakes technology innovations and workmanship improvements, can ensure the ship quality to reach world-class level.
On January 2, 2005, Afai Southern started construction of 3 coastal fast rescue vessels. The first one named Beihai Rescue 201, was delivered on January 8, 2006. And the second vessel Donghai Rescue 201 and the third vessel Nanhai Rescue 201 also were delivered in 2006 one after another. These vessels are highly appreciated by the owner. The construction of these rescue vessels achieved excellent results, ie. the centerline deviation of hull is ±2 mm; the base line deviation is ±5mm, which are much better than previous construction quality level. The successful construction of these fast rescue vessels, marks that Afai Southern has far exceeded the other yards at home and abroad in same industry on the aspects of hull lines smoothness and deformation control technology, and that Afai Southern’s professionalized construction of aluminium vessels strode up a new step.
In Afai Southern, the vessels are built indoor to utmost minimize the environmental factors’ influences on the construction period and quality. During construction process by using specialized computer systems in comprehensive lofting and nesting, shipbuilding accuracy and efficiency are greatly improved.
Since 2005, Afai Southern invested ten millions of money to carry out technical updating renovations step by step, which made the worksite utilization increased by 20%, and production equipment quantity increased by over 30%; the production capacity expanded largely; made the company’s shipbuilding volume increase year by year, and the scale operation formed gradually.
Afai Southern, as professional aluminium shipbuilding yard, covering the area of 50,000 square meters, still maintains the record of building China’s largest aluminium ships, is the largest-scale and advanced manufacturer of jumbo aluminium alloy ships at present in China or even Southeast Asia.
From 2006, through cooperating with international famous shipbuilder-Duch Damen Shipyards Group, Afai Southern built total 20 aluminium vessels with high quality in projects DFF8521, DFF4212,DFF3207,DFF3609 and DFF4010. Afai Southern accumulates plenty of aluminium alloy shipbuilding experience, and learns the advantages from Chinese and western shipbuilding industries, therefore constantly upgrades its own technical strength and workmanship level, gained recognitions from domestic and foreign ship owners and classification societies.
Business Management
After restructured, Afai Southern realized that the most important is marketing and product development. Afai Southern actively develops both domestic and international markets, adjusts marketing strategy and product structure, to further consolidate and expand the business and production scale.
The company also enhanced the exploiting force to expand abroad markets and keep close contacts with foreign enterprises. Since 2006, Afai Southern has established the good cooperative relationship with Damen Group and determined the close cooperation between both sides.
In addition,Afai southern is closely keeping the contacts with Australian,British,Italian and Brazilian customers as well as international renowned design firms to seek the cooperative opportunities so as to expand the company’s development continuously.
Afai Southern has set up and run the regular management system. On May 28, 2004, Afai Southern obtained ISO9001 Quality Management System Certification. On April 1, 2005, Afai Southern issued and test-ran OHSMS18001 safety management system document. In October 2006, Afai Southern gained Quality Management System and Safety management system Certifications. That means company’s quality management and safety management reach a certain level. In January 2008, in order to protect environment, and to enter into international market better, Afai Southern involved environmental management standards in the management system, and formed integration of 3 management systems-Quality, Safety and Environment. In November 2009, Afai Southern obtained ISO14001-2004 Environmental Management System certification.
Quality is the base of establishment of shipyard, and the root of development of shipyard. In 2009, according to《China Shipbuilding Quality Standard》 and standards of International famous aluminium ship manufacturers, combined with its many years’ experience of aluminium shipbuilding, Afai Southern established 《Afai Southern Shipbuilding Quality Standard 》, so as to provide powerful basic guarantee for further promoting quality of aluminium vessels.
Afai Southern is taking systems as Guiding Principle, trying to establish culture of corporate quality, Occupational Health and Safety and environmental self-dicipline, constantly improving and perfecting management system, regards it as an important means to advance the comprehensive management level, also reflects Afai Southern’s management concepts strengthening social responsibility and being in line with the world.Such actions will further drive the company’s management forward to internationalization, standardization, and to be procedural and scientific.
Cultivation for the talents
The developing history of Afai Southern is also the history of cultivating technical talents. At the beginning of founding the shipyard, Afai Southern took cultivating the technical talents with aluminium ship-building technology as a gap, through efforts, filled up the blankness of domestic technical talents with aluminium ship-welding technology. After restructured in 2004, encountering to the situation that the domestic ship-building industry was prosperous and lack of ship-building talents, Afai Southern took various measures to recruit, cultivate and keep the talents.
In 2005, Afai Southern made talent planning, and commenced implementing “The Implementation Measures for Cultivating and Educating Talents”, seized tightly the four links-recruitment, training, assessment and employment, adopted the mentoring methods, continuously recruited college graduates, and made great efforts to cultivate technical management talents; through multi-channel and face to face, selecting students graduated from technical school, then trained them by means of off-job professional training and mentoring, to strengthen training quality, especially stressing worker’s technical training, to enhance the construction of technical worker team on the front production lines. The new apprentices must go through professional theory and practical operation training for half a year, when passed the strict examination and assessment of the theory and practical operation, then can take probation and operation in production group. The welding technology training is the highlight point of our company. The average passing rate of the company for welder certificate examination by CCS、DNV and BV class is 96%, and Afai Southern held a welder technical grade examination every year. Through 3 years’ effort, Afai Southern has formed more reasonable talent’s age structure and technology gradient.
In 2009, Afai Southern has organized and held 36 batches( total 584 person-time) training for continuous education, examinations and assessments for certifications, and further expanded the training scale, including professional English promotion class, project management training class, and technology promotion class facing to the workers of front production lines, also achieved and kept the management target of passing rate 100% for outside training.
In 2012, Afai Southern held training for continuous education of 93 batches(768 person-time), of which internal trainings special for the workers on the front production lines reached to 620 person-time, the training quality have been promoted a lot than before, and the technical structure of the technical worker on the front production lines has been optimized as well.
At present, the company has one batch of excellent talents special for designing and building aluminium vessels, including 1 senior engineer(Professor Class),5 senior engineers, over 40 persons with middle and junior professional titles, as well as over 180 skilled workers with middle and senior titles. The total number of Afai’s staffs is over 330, with the average age of 29.
Afai Southern has good life and service facilities, including staff canteen, dormitories, gyms, reading room, basketball court, and badminton court etc. Our Labour union often organizes various entertainment activities , to enrich staff’s leisure life.
Afai Southern always puts cultivating top-rate talents in the important position, enhances staff team construction, optimizes human resource allocation constantly, so as to provide powerful guarantee for the operation development and technology innovation of the company.

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