According to MANA, the Singapore-listed firm plans to reduce its labor force this year to 18,000 from 20,000, Ren Yuanlin said at an earnings briefing on Wednesday. It has already reduced it workforce by 20 percent over the last two years.
Yangzijiang posted a 29 percent fall in 2016 net profit. Its order book stood at $4.3 billion at 2016-end with the company winning contracts worth $823 million last year.
The company is targeting orders worth $1.5 billion this year, Ren said.
The company, which has four shipyards in China's province, builds a range of vessels including large container ships, bulk carriers and liquefied natural gas carriers.