Graig began building and purchasing ships over one hundred years ago during the coal boom in the early nineteen hundreds. Led by Idwal Williams, his son Desmond Williams, and now our current CEO Hugh Williams, Graig navigated the post World War One world, the Great Depression, the motorship boom, World War Two, ship management of extensive fleets, and more.
In 1995 Graig opened an office in Shanghai to leverage the expert shipyards and shipbuilders that China offered. Since then, we have been delivering a wide range of new building services in China, Vietnam, and India for more than 25 years with over 240 projects completed across all vessel types and sizes.
As a result Graig has a proven track record of managing complex newbuilding programmes and overseeing billions of dollars of vessel orders invested through Asian and particularly Chinese yards. From our office base in Shanghai since 1995, we retain deep knowledge of China, as well as strong connections across the full Chinese landscape: from shipyards through to leasing companies, owners, designers, equipment providers, class societies and more.
From Yard Selection and contract negotiations to providing expert supervision and oversight services. Graig's decades of newbuilding expertise ensures the smooth running of your New Build Projects. A full list of our newbuilding services can be found below.
Technical and Coordination support for the site team
From our office base in Shanghai, Graig retains deep knowledge of China, as well as strong connections across the full Chinese landscape: from shipyards through to leasing companies, owners, designers, equipment providers, class societies and more. Our office is British-led and managed by a highly capable and experienced supervision expert, with almost 20 years of direct service-delivery experience across Greater China and the wider South East Asia.
Graig has operated in almost every major shipyard in China building and supervising a wide range of vessel types. Below you can find a selection of case studies, updated monthly.
In partnership with Mayflower Energy Ltd and the Designers Knud E. Hansen the Graig Group supervised the construction, test and delivery (Dec-2003) of the first Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (TIV) to be built in China. This presented a significant step for China in to the construction of TIV and opened the door to what is now a significant part of China’s offshore vessel construction business. Following successful delivery of the TIV Mayflower Resolution, the ShanHaiGuan Shipyard went on to build more similar vessels.
In 2002 with the world focused on improving the safety of bulk carriers the Graig Group teamed up with CarlsBro (a leading Danish designer) and world leading cargo owners to develop the world’s first double skinned bulk carrier (Diamond53). The first orders for 8 vessels were placed at Chengxi Shipyard and was the first new building project for the repair yard, through collaboration and utilisation of expertise in the project the project was completed earlier than scheduled. Chengxi went on to build more than 80 vessels
for the shipping market.
The Diamond 2 Ultramax design aspires to be the class-leading ship of its type, focusing on operational efficiency and flexibility, low fuel consumption and compliance with all environmental standards.
Diamond 2 is a new generation of Ultramax type Bulk Carrier, embracing the latest sustainable thinking and in particular, focused to meet the needs of IMO 2030. Following the successful original Diamond 53 Bulk Carrier, Diamond 2 is designed in close cooperation with cargo and ship owners to create the class-leading, future-orientated Bulk Carrier.