来源：World Maritime News 2017-03-31
翻译：国际海事信息网 宋文烨 张运鸿
Japanese Shipbuilders Step Closer to Building Alliance
Japanese shipbuilding company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has reached an agreement in principle with its compatriot counterparts Imabari Shipbuilding and Namura Shipbuilding related to the ongoing discussions focused on forming alliances in the commercial ship business.
Discussions toward concluding a similar alliance with Oshima Shipbuilding continue, MHI said.
MHI unveiled plans in late-August 2016 to launch discussions toward forming new alliances with three compatriot shipbuilders – Imabari Shipbuilding, Oshima Shipbuilding and Namura Shipbuilding.
The agreements are said to be targeted at achieving sustained growth “through the pursuit of mutually complementary, synergy-generating alliances while respecting each partner’s independence, in an overall effort to strengthen the competitiveness of all alliance partners in the global marketplace.”
The newly signed basic agreements cover development of new ship designs and innovative technologies, sharing of designs and workforce, standardization of engineering tools and fitting equipment, and flexible application of the partners’ construction capabilities.
MHI added that it expects to conclude with each partner separate contracts stipulating how the alliance will be specifically applied to actual business operations.
“Through the conclusion of the new alliances, MHI is looking to enhance business competitiveness around its core engineering strengths cultivated over many years, particularly in the areas of energy-saving and environmental technology. In the process, the company aims to further boost the presence of Japanese shipbuilders in the dramatically changing global shipbuilding industry,” the shipbuilder concluded.