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Mitsui E&S to shut Chiba yard, move part of shipbuilding business to China

Japanese shipbuilding company Mitsui E&S Holdings is planning to close its Chiba shipyard and transfer part of its shipbuilding business to its shipyard in Jiangsu, China.

Mitsui E&S is moving forwarding with its business revival plan and will shut down the shipbuilding business of its Chiba plant by 31 March 2021. The shipbuilding business will be consolidated into its Tamano plant and Jiangsu Yangzi-Mitsui Shipbuilding, the company’s joint venture shipyard in China with Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.

In November 2019, Mitsui E&S Holdings announced the plans to sell off the estate of Chiba Works with a leaseback contract to continue existing projects, and will relocate and transfer of about 1,000 staff throughout the group, including 460 staff from Chiba plant. However, the placement of all the staff is probing difficult, around 200 staff from Chiba plant will leave the company voluntarily by June this year.

Chiba shipyard started operation in 1962, was engaged in commercial ship construction. It had gradually shut down shipbuilding business and started to manufacture other equipment.

In October 2018, Mitsui entered into a joint venture agreement with Yangzijiang Shipbuilding to establish a new jv Jiangsu Yangzi-Mitsui Shipbuilding, which had started operations that year.

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