HISTORY OF KYOKUYO

Here is our history to date.

HISTORY TIMELINE

  • 1942/10

    ESTABLISHMENT

    Established as Hikoshima Shipbuilding Company by the combination of five neighboring shipbuilding companies. Starts shipbuilding and ship repairing.
  • 1945/05

    REGISTRATION

    Registered as a joint stock company.
  • 1956/07

    NAME CHANGE AFTER MERGER

    Fusion with Murakami Iron Works Co., Ltd. and changed the name to Murakami Shipbuilding & Iron Works Co., Ltd. Capital JY 10.5 mill.
  • 1961/07

    BECOMING KYOKUYO

    Changed the company name to Kyokuyo Shipbuilding & Iron Works Co., Ltd.
  • 1962/12

    FACTORY RENEWAL

    Renewed the factory equipment. Capital JY 21mill.
  • 1969/12

    LAND PURCHASE

    Bought a land of 60,000m2 at Chofu, in Shimonoseki City.
  • 1970/06

    CAPITAL INCREASED

    Capital JY 50mill.
  • 1971/06

    NEW FACTORY COMPLETED

    Completed the building dock (3,000GRT) and the repairing dock (3,000GRT) at Chofu works.
  • 1972/01

    MOVED TO CURRENT LOCATION

    Moved the head office to Chofu, where the company actually locates.
  • 1973/09

    BUILDING CAPACITY EXPANSION

    Expanded building capacity* up to 4,500GRT.
  • 1975/06

    BUILDING CAPACITY EXPANSION

    Expanded building and repairing capacity* to handle more and larger ships up to 12,500GRT and 5,200GRT respectively.
  • 1977/12

    FILED FOR COURT PROTECTION

    Filed for relief under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law
  • 1980/03

    REHABILITATION PLAN APPROVED

    Rehabilitation plan approved by the Court. Reduced building capacity* down to 8,700GRT following the Government guidance.
  • 1984/01

    CHANGE OF COMPANY NAME

    Changed the company name to Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation.
  • 1985/02

    CAPITAL INCREASED

    Changed the company name to Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation.
  • 1988/03

    BUILDING CAPACITY REDUCED

    Reduced building capacity* down to 4,999GRT, again following the Government guidance.
  • 1991/11

    REPAIRING CAPACITY EXPANDED

    Expanded repairing capacity* up to 6,900GRT.
  • 1992/09

    TERMINATION OF REHABILITATION PLAN

    Successful termination of corporate rehabilitation plan.
  • 1992/12

    ALL WEATHER BUILDING BLOCK ASSY. FACTORY

    Built all weather block assembly factory. Introduced NC Plasma cutters.
  • 1993/07

    BUILDING CAPACITY EXPANSION

    Expanded building capacity* up to 5,999GRT.
  • 1996/03

    CAPITAL INCREASED

    Capital JY 60mill.
  • 1997/06

    BUILDING CAPACITY EXPANSION

    Expanded building capacity* up to 6,500GRT.
  • 2000/03

    ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION

    Certified ISO 9001 (NK, JAB, RVA).
  • 2001/01

    BUILDING CAPACITY EXPANSION

    Expanded building capacity* up to 9,300GRT.
  • 2005/06

    REPAIR DOCK REFURBISHED

    Refurbished Drydock walls.
  • 2005/06

    OWN POWER PLANT

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    Own co-generation power plant started running.
  • 2005/09

    NEW BLAST FACTORY

    Open of new blast factory.
  • 2008/07

    INTRODUCTION OF OFFICER SYSTEM

    Introduction of corporate officer system.
  • 2009/12

    NEW 120T CRANE

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    New 120t Tower Crane installed.
  • 2010/04

    NEW 3D HULL DESIGN SOFTWARE

    New 3D hull design software is introduced.
  • 2011/01

    WORLD'S FIRST 'SSS-B' ECOSHIP DELIVERED

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    Kyokuyo delivered the world's first SSS-b equipped ship "City of St. Petersburg' to the owner.
  • 2011/05

    FIRST SSS SHIP WINS SHIPPAX AWARD

    City of St. Petersburg Wins ShipPax Award 2011
  • 2011/06

    CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG WINS JAPAN SHIP OF THE YEAR

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    The world's first SSS-bowed ecoship "City of St.Petersburg" Wins Japan Ship of the Year 2011 - the most valuable award in the Japan's shipbuilding industry.
  • 2012/06

    THE FIRST SHIP CHRISTENING CEREMONY OUTSIDE JAPAN

    The naming ceremony of RORO carrier 'Capucine' was held outside Japan for the 1st time for Kyokuyo.
  • 2012/07

    NEW OFFICE BUILT

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    Kyokuyo's brand-new main office building is completed.
  • 2015/07

    PRE-FABRICATION SHOP RENEWED

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    The pre-fabrication shop was renewed.
  • 2016/07

    SSS-B CONTAINER SHIP NATORI WINS LOGISTIC ENVIRONMENT AWARD

    The world's first SSS-bowed container ship 'NATORI' wins "Award for Development of Technology that Reduces the Environmental Impact for Logistic Operations" at the 17th Logistics Environment Awards.
  • 2016/07

    NATORI NAMED SHIP OF THE YEAR'S CATEGORY WINNER

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    The world's first SSS-bowed container ship 'NATORI' awarded the "Best Small Cargo Ship" in the 2015 Japanese Ship of the Year event hosted by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE).
  • 2020/01

    BOSS OF THE DESIGN TEAM RECEIVES PRIME MINISTER'S PRIZE

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    Tetsuo Mitsui, Senior Managing Director and the boss of designing team of Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation has received the Prime Minister's Prize at the 8th Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award ceremony.
  • 2020/05

    NEW PIPE WAREHOUSE

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    New pipe warehouse is completed.

NAVIGATE FURTHER...

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ABOUT KYOKUYO
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OFFICE & FACTORY LOCATION
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FACTORY & FACILITIES
kyokuyo's factory
WHY KYOKUYO?
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SHIPS WE HAVE BUILT
Kyokuyo's Mission & Core Values
OUR MISSION & CORE VALUES
Builder of Advanced Merchant Ships

KYOKUYO SHIPYARD CORPORATION

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