TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. held “Tsuneishi Olympics”, a competition for shipbuilding skills at domestic and overseas factories

November 11, 2014

On October 25,2014, TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. (head office: Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan) aiming to improve skills in order to increase the quality of shipbuilding, held the “Tsuneishi Olympics”, at the Tsuneishi factory and Overseas Group Company, TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc. Participants competed with each other in crucial skills for shipbuilding such as welding, painting, and transport.



At the Tsuneishi factory, where the event was held for the 14th time, competitions were held in 6 categories including weasel gas welding, operating Forklift, a block-making between teams. A total of 98 people, including technicians, staff of companies that cooperate with Tsuneishi, and technical trainees from overseas tested their skills.At the closing ceremony, Tsuneishi Factory General Manager Masahiro Kawakita said “The foundation of shipbuilding depends on the skills of each worker. I think that thanks to this competition, all the workers have seen the importance of the skills and reconfirm”.

At the TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING Inc. where the event was held for the 4th time, 171 people (including judges) from TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc. and cooperating companies participated in a total of 8 categories. At the closing ceremony, the General Manager, Toshio Sato, said “I hope that by improving everybody’s level of skill, we can further improve the quality of the ships built at this factory”.

The first Tsuneishi Olympics were held in 2001 at the Tsuneishi Factory. It started with the 1 category “welding”. The next year, ironwork category was added and since the third year ,in response to requests from employees, painting, outfitting and transportation.

This event has been held at TADOTSU SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. since 2006, at TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc. (Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, China) since 2011, and at TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc. (Cebu, Philippines) in 2012, and increasing the level of shipbuilding skills in both domestic and overseas factories.

■Tsuneishi Factory:Comments from the Gold Prize Winners
<Weasel Gas Cutting>
Prietos Esperejun Lawian from Minato Industries, Ltd. (Subcontracting Company)
「I am very glad to participate in Tsuneishi Olympics. I’m grateful to my superior who recommended for me to participate. As I have seen many people’s work, at first I couldn’t believe that I was the best.」

Shota Abe from Transport Assembly Group Production Dept., TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd.
「I was able to perform slinging at the Tsuneishi Olympics while seeing slinging work from the perspective of a crane driver. From now on, I want to work hard while understanding the position of a slinging operator.」

■TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc.:Comments from the Gold Prize Winners
<Operating Forklift>
Chen Xiujie from Procurement Dept, TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc.
「My winning at the competition is like a new start for me. There is a proverb in China that says, ‘There is no end to the path of learning’. In the same way, there is no end to polishing skills. From now on, I want to effectively put theory into practice and take my skills and work performance to the next stage.」

Song Guoliang from Assembly group subcontracting company TianYing, Ltd.
「I’m very happy that I was able to win the welding competition at the Olympics. In the seven years since I joined the company, thanks to the teachings of the work-site leaders and superior of TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc., I have changed from an apprentice to an artisan, and I was able to win the competition this time. Winning is an honor and an encouragement. I want to continue to be passionate about my skills and work for the bright future of Tsuneishi.」

A group company of TSUNEISHI GROUP. TSUNEISHI GROUP is established in Hiroshima prefecture Japan, 111 years ago and its main business operations are in shipbuildiing and shipping. TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. builds about 60 vessels per year, centered on the 30,000 ton to 180,000 ton class bulk carriers, and is one of the top shipyards in the Japan, out of its Tsuneishi Factory(head office), and two foreign factories located in the Philippines and China.
President:Takao Kawamoto
Field of Business:Shipbuilding, Ship repairing
Established:July 1917
Capital:100 million yen
Employees:Approximately 710 (as of December 2013)
Business Locations:Tsuneishi Factory (Numakuma-cho, Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima,Japan)

Affiliated Companies:
TSUNEISHI IRON WORKS Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima)
TSUNEISHI TRADINGS Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima)  
TSUNEISHI ENGINEERING Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima)
TADOTSU SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. (Tadotsu-cho, Nakatado-gun ,Kagawa )

This shipyard is a group company of TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. (head office:Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture), located in Zhejiang Province, China. This shipyard has the capacity to build about 20 vessels per year, centered on the 30,000 ton to 100,000 ton class bulk carriers and container carriers, and builds also constructing tugboat.

Established:December 2003
Employees::Approx. 4,800 (as of December 2013, including subcontractor employees)
Location:Xiushan Island, Daishan County, Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, China
Shipyard area:Approx. 1,200,000 square meters
Main facilities:Two berths, one building dock, two 700-ton gantry cranes, one 3,000-ton floating crane, etc.
Ship type of delivered:Bulk carriers, Container carriers

- For inquiries -
Tsuneishi Holdings Corporation
Marketing Communication Dept.
Head Office (Fukuyama) TEL: +81-84-987-4915
Tokyo Office TEL: +81-3-3264-7733

  • Tsuneishi Factory: block-making between teams

    Tsuneishi Factory: block-making between teams

  • Tsuneishi Factory:Opening Ceremony

    Tsuneishi Factory:Opening Ceremony

  • Pledge for Fare Play

    Pledge for Fare Play

  • Operating Forklift

    Operating Forklift

  • Gas Cutting

    Gas Cutting

  • Greeting by Tsuneishi Factory General Manager

    Greeting by Tsuneishi Factory General Manager



  • Greeting by General Manager, Toshio Sato

    Greeting by General Manager, Toshio Sato

  • Wire Connecting

    Wire Connecting

  • Welding