Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Chengxi Shipyard (Xinrong) Co., Ltd. in China have agreed to collaborate in ship repair business through installation of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).
According to a Media statement released from MHI on May 7, 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, the statement added.
Based on the new agreement, the two companies would 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.
According to the collaboration agreement, 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. Such arrangement would enable work to be performed on more ships in a short period at lower cost, the statement further noted.