Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has completed the modernization of the shipbuilding facility at the Enoura Plant of the company's Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
To mark the completion of the last in a series of modernization initiatives at the shipyard, the installation of a 300-ton suspension capacity jib crane, a ceremony took place Wednesday at the site.
With completion of the modernization program, the Shimonoseki Shipyard will further boost productivity in the construction of high-value-added vessels, such as coastal-service ferries, RORO ships, high-speed boats and special-purpose vessels, the areas in which the Shimonoseki Shipyard already has a solid track record and primarily targets domestic customers, to further strengthen its cost competitiveness.
The 300-ton jib crane and a 150-ton crane, which is also newly installed at the 186 meter (m)-long, 53m-width berth of the Enoura Plant replace four existing aged cranes.
By modernization and various work efficiency improvements, the shipyard targets to improve productivity by 15%.
The Shimonoseki Shipyard primarily targets the market for coastal-service vessels of Japanese customers and governmental-organization-use vessels and mainly competes with Japanese shipyards constructing medium-size vessels.
Through a series of modernization and various ongoing improvement activities, the shipyard will establish a structure to win orders, leveraging MHI's comprehensive technological expertise, even in a severe business environment.
Following the completion of its shipyard modernization program, going forward, the Shimonoseki Shipyard will pursue even greater efficiency in its operating structure.
The shipyard will further strengthen its competitiveness in coastal-service and special-purpose vessels, areas in which the company already has a solid track record, and focus more on vessels incorporating new high added value such as environmental friendliness.
Published : July 7, 2011