Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is setting up two new companies at its Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works' Koyagi Plant; one to undertake ship construction and the other to manufacture hull blocks. Cruise ship construction is being hived off from the commercial ship business and will operate as an engineering business under a new organisation to be launched within the 'Commercial Aviation & Transportation Systems' business domain. MHI currently builds commercial vessels at two locations - Nagasaki and Shimonoseki - having gradually scaled back operations from five sites in the late 1980s.
MHI Ship & Ocean Engineering, will undertake sales, engineering, procurement, manufacture, construction and repair services, focusing on LNG and LPG carriers, which the yard expects strong demand for in the short term. "The goal is to improve cost competitiveness by streamlining production through continuous construction of gas carriers - a vessel type in which (we) excel and by enhancing efficiency through the development of a more compact organisation," MHI said in a statement.
The hull block manufacturing company will specialise in continuous construction of large-scale hull blocks following a refurbishment of its physical plant in order to expand production volumes. It will also supply third-parties with the blocks.
No changes will be made in the structures of shipbuilding activities for commercial vessels at Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works and vessels for the Japan Ministry of Defense at Nagasaki Shipyard.