MHI to Collaborate with Chengxi Shipyard (Xinrong) of China in Retrofitting Work
of Ballast Water Treatment Systems
Combining Technological Strength and Cost Competitiveness to Bring Advantageous
Position in Global Market
Tokyo, May 7, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI)
and Chengxi Shipyard (Xinrong) Co., Ltd. in China have agreed to collaborate in
the ship repair business through installation of ballast water treatment
systems (BWTS). The two companies signed the agreement on April 26. For some
time MHI has been seeking to expand its engineering business in China, while
the Chinese shipyard has sought to strengthen its business by introducing
advanced technologies in the field. The aims of the two companies have thus
meshed in reaching the collaboration agreement. By combining MHI's
advanced technologies accumulated from its abundant experience in ship
conversion work, including BWTS installation, and Chengxi Shipyard
(Xinrong)'s ability to respond to ship conversion needs and its cost
competitiveness, the two companies look to establish an advantageous position
in the global market in this field.
Based on the new agreement, the two companies will closely collaborate
throughout the BWTS retrofitting process: from BWTS marketing, system selection
and design to actual installation work with customer needs. MHI is to provide
the drawings necessary for undertaking retrofitting work of BWTS. It will also
dispatch supervisors to the site in China when necessary and conduct training
in Japan for engineers of the Chinese shipyard at its Yokohama Dockyard &
Machinery Works, where MHI performs ship retrofitting, maintenance and repair
work. The talks toward collaboration were conducted with the cooperative
assistance of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Going forward, when an order is received calling for retrofitting of BWTS on
multiple ships of the same type, engineers from Chengxi Shipyard (Xinrong) will
participate in work on the first ship at MHI's Yokohama plant, in order to
acquire the necessary know-how. Subsequent work on the other ships will then be
undertaken primarily at the Chinese shipyard. This arrangement will enable work
to be performed on more ships in a short period at lower cost.
Chengxi Shipyard Co., Ltd is a subsidiary company of China State Shipbuilding
Corporation (CSSC), one of China's two largest state-owned
shipbuilding-related groups. Its main office and plant are located in Jiangyin
and Jingjiang, Jiangsu Province, along the Yangtze River.
Full implementation of a new convention on ballast water management (BWM) is
slated to begin in 2017, at which time both new and existing ships will be
required to install a system to purify ballast water prior to its discharge
from the ship. Ballast water consists of seawater taken into and discharged
from dedicated water tanks to provide stability and adjust a ship's trim
as desired. While many ships are expected to be subject to the new regulations,
some shipbuilders have announced intent to concentrate exclusively on the
construction of new ships and will no longer handle either ship modification or
BWTS installations on existing ships, even those they built earlier. Against
this backdrop, preparation for the convention's implementation has become
a major issue in both the shipbuilding and shipping industries.
MHI has already taken the lead in the business of BWTS installation. In April
2011 the company became the first Japanese shipbuilder to establish a dedicated
unit to handle such operations, and in January this year the company's
basic design of an easy-to-install freight container-enclosed BWTS - jointly
developed with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) - received concept approval from
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). In addition, MHI has been aggressively promoting
engineering business as a long-term expansion strategy for its shipbuilding and
ocean development segment, and also accelerating provision of its technologies
to other shipbuilding companies both in Japan and abroad.
MHI views the new collaborative arrangement with Chengxi Shipyard (Xinrong) as
a significant step forward in terms of both its BWTS installation business and
its engineering operations, and it intends to leverage this development as a
springboard to new business opportunities.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion yen in fiscal 2011, the year ended March 31, 2012.
MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding,
power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures,
industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning
systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website at www.mhi.co.jp.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
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