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Japan’s second largest ship repair yard set for Itoman

Date Posted: 2006-08-18

The largest ship repair facility in Japan will open for business in September, with three ships already scheduled to dock at the facility.

The Itoman Shipyard will be located in the Nishizaki area, built on a sprawling 10,300 square meters patch of manmade land. Company president Koyasu Matsumura says the repair shipyard will feature two 85-meter long elevators, the second largest Syncro-lift in the nation, to bring ships from the water to the dry dock.

The ¥3,800,000,000 project will see its first ships in for repair in early fall. The company says it expects 2006 revenues to be ¥1,200,000,000 ($10,337,325), with growth next year to exceed ¥1,500,000,000. Matsumura says the facility will perform not only ship repairs, but wharf construction too. He says welding, carpentry and painting will all be handled by his teams. “All industrial work can be done here,” he says.

“Now, oil costs too much for everyone, so prefecture fishery workers don’t have to go to the mainland anymore. It will be more business coming to our repair facility,” Matsumura added.

The new Syncro-lift has a system that allows a 5,000 ton ship to be moved ashore at a rate of 25 centimeters per minute, a slow speed that causes no damage to ships. More than 200 Syncro-lift units are operating around the world, but only Chiba Prefecture in mainland Japan had one. Now, Itoman will have two. Matsumura says the facility will also serve as a haven for ships during typhoons.

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