Imabari Shipbuilding expands further

Imabari Shipbuilding expands further

No one seems to have told Imabari Shipbuilding that Japanese yards are on the decline. The shipbuilder, which has surpassed South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries into third place in terms of global orderbook lately, is embarking on further expansion.

Imabari will reclaim around 50,000 sq m of land around its Saijo Shipyard to help it boost manufacturing of large LNG carriers and mega containerships.

It follows on from news early last year that the leading Japanese shipbuilder would expand its Marugame shipbuilding base, adding an extra 600 m long drydock. This new drydock is expected to start operations in October this year.

Imabari has also added a 1,200 ton Goliath crane at its Hiroshima Shipyard in order to build larger boxships.

As well as the additional merchant shipbuilding capabilities Imabari is adding to its yards, analysts suggest Imabari is beefing up facilities to build significant volumes of navy vessels, possibly including aircraft carriers.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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