Completes and Hands Over Its First 4,400-HP Class Tugboat, the “Hojin Maru”―TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING’s Chinese Group Company TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc.

On January 14th, 2015, TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc. (head office in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture) completed the “Hojin Maru,” the first 4,400-HP class tugboat to be built by group company TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc., and handed it over to its owner, KAMBARA LOGISTICS Co., Ltd. (This ship will be passed on to KAMBARA TUG AND MARINE SERVICES Co., Ltd. established in January, 2015.)



This ship was built as a replacement of the Hojin Maru ship that KAMBARA LOGISTICS Co., Ltd. has been operating since 1997. In recent years, operating profits have become increasingly important, and there is a growing need for domestic and overseas merchant ships that are bigger and faster. The new Hojin Maru is about three meters longer, has a larger hull, two standing four-stroke diesel engines, and is equipped with variable-pitch propellers that include a full-swivel Kort nozzle. Maximum tugboat force is 63.7 ton, and maximum speed has been increased to 15.6 knots.

This ship is also equipped with special equipment such as an oil spill treatment system to prevent ocean pollution and fire extinguishers and a sprinkler system to help fight fires that occur on other ships as well. Accordingly, this ship can serve not only as a tugboat but also as a first responder in emergencies such as marine fires and oil spills.
The Hojin Maru is scheduled to be used mainly at Okayama Prefecture’s Mizushima Port and in the Seto Inland Sea.

■ About the Hojin Maru
Type: 4,400 HP class tugboat
Name: Hojin Maru
Length: 40.20 meters
Breadth: 9.20 meters
Depth: 4.20 meters
Gross tonnage: 252 tons
Qualification: JG coastal zone
Main engines: Made by Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co., Ltd. standing four-stroke diesel engine 6DKM-26e (× 2 units)
Propellers: Made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. variable-pitch propeller with full-swivel Kort nozzle (× 2 units)
Maximum speed: 15.6 knots (MCO)
Tugboat force: 63.7 tons forward, 59.9tons reverse (MCO)
Maximum occupancy: 10 passengers and 7 crew members

This shipyard is a group company of TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. (head office: Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture), established over 10 years ago in Zhejiang Province, China. This shipyard has the capacity to build about approximately 20-25 vessels per year, centered on the 30,000 ton to 100,000 ton class bulk carriers and container carriers, and builds is also constructing tugboats.
Established:December 2003
Employees:Approx 4,300 (as of December 2014, 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

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