Japanese yard completes upgrade

06 Jul 2011
MHI’s 300-ton jib crane

MHI’s 300-ton jib crane

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) says it has completed the modernisation of its Enoura shipbuilding facility at the Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

The work was completed with installation of a 300-ton suspension capacity jib crane, and MHI says the modernisation will further boost productivity in the construction of high-value-added vessels, such as coastal-service ferries, ro-ro ships, high-speed boats and special-purpose vessels, primarily for domestic customers.

The 300-ton jib crane and a 150-ton crane, which is also newly installed at the 186m long, 53m wide berth of the Enoura Plant replace four older cranes. In 2010 the plant expanded its general assembly work area into the former dock No1, thus improving work efficiency. The new cranes enable further efficiency gains in transferring building blocks and components. The shipyard hopes overall productivity will improve by 15%.

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