Tsuneishi Shipbuilding keen to diversify away from dry bulk

Tsuneishi Shipbuilding is looking to diversify from its core dry bulk offerings. The shipbuilder, with yards in Japan, China and the Philippines, turns 100 this year. In a statement, the yard said: “By around 2023, we aim to lower the construction ratio of bulk carriers and shift to other ship types, such as tankers and container carriers.”

Tsuneishi said it is also preparing for a far more automated shipbuilding process going forward.

“We will also prepare for the impending labour shortage caused by a declining population and work to improve productivity while maintaining the quality that Tsuneishi is known for. Ongoing initiatives include research of new technology, joint research with Carnegie Mellon University of leading-edge robotic technologies, etc, and active implementation of IoT with the objectives of information sharing and visualisation,” the Japanese company stated.

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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