IMABARI SHIPBUILDING CO.,LTD
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A Brief History
 
Our history is shaped by continuous improvements
The Imabari Shipbuilding Group has always incorporated technological innovations into our products in order to satisfy the
needs of the times. We have delivered over 2,250 new ships since we started with the construction of a steel ship in 1956.
Our present position could never have been attained without the continuous improvements that we have been making
throughout our extensive corporate history.
Company Milestones Chronology of major events
 
1901
Shipbuilding business is founded.
1901 The First Nobel Prizes are awarded.
1901
Shipbuilding business is founded.
1904 The Russo-Japanese War breaks out.
1914 The Panama Canal is opened.
1929 The Great Depression begins.
1939 World War II breaks out.
1941 The Pacific War breaks out.
 
1942
All shipyards around Imabari and Ochi-gun are consolidated into Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
 
1945 The Pacific War ends.
 
1949 Value of the yen is fixed at 360 yen per 1 USD.
1956
The first steel ship “Fuji-maru” is completed.
1957 Japan becomes the world leader in
shipbuilding tonnage.
1901
The first steel ship “Fuji-maru” is completed.
 
1958
The state-of-the-art 60,000m2 facility is
completed as Head Office and Imabari Shipyard.
1958
The state-of-the-art 60,000m2 facility is
 
1960 The Vietnam War breaks out.
1962
Building site at the Head Office.
1962
Imabari Head office
1964 The 1964 Summer Olympics are held in Tokyo.
1966
The first IS-6 general cargo ship series
“Sankyu-maru” is completed.
1966
The first IS-6 general cargo ship series Sankyu-maru”is completed.
 
1967 The Six-day War breaks out and The Suez Canal is closed.
1967
Tokyo Office is opened.
 
1969 Apollo 11 lands on the moon.
1970
The construction of 300,000m2 Marugame Headquarters starts.
1970
 
1971
The Marugame Headquarters facility is completed, which is capable of building 100,000 DWT ships, and repairing 150,000 DWT ships.
 
1972
The first full-scale ocean-going ship
“Hourai-maru” is completed.
1972 Diplomatic relations between Japan and China are normalized.
 
The first full-scale ocean-going ship
“Hourai-maru” is completed.
 
1973 Japan introduces a floating exchange rate system.
1974
The first large-sized tanker “Astro Pegasus” is completed.
 
1976
Hong Kong Representative Office is opened.
1977
The first vehicles carrier (with a capacity of 5,000 vehicles, world’s largest at that time) “American Highway” is completed.
 
The first 
                                      vehicles carrier (with a capacity of 5,000 
                                      vehicles, world’s largest at that time) 
                                      “American Highway” is completed.
 
1978 The second oil crisis begins.
1979
Imai Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Nishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. join the Imabari Shipbuilding Group.
 
1980 The Iran-Iraq War breaks out.
1982
Kobe Office is opened. Delivery of the 500th ship is achieved.
 
Tokyo Office is reorganized into Tokyo Branch Office.
 
The large-sized limestone carrier (92,000 D/W) “Shiromine-maru” is completed.
 
 
1983
The first methanol carrier in Japan
“Kozan-maru” is completed.
 
 
The first 
                                      methanol carrier in Japan“Kozan-maru” is completed.
 
   
1983
Iwagi Zosen Co., Ltd. joins the Imabari
Shipbuilding Group.
 
 
Iwagi Zosen 
                                      Co., Ltd. joins the Imabari<br>
                                      Shipbuilding Group.
 
1984
A 600,000m2 site is acquired in Saijo,
Ehime Prefecture.
 
1985
The large-sized container carrier (with 2,000 TEU) “CALIFORNIA VENUS” is completed.
1985 The Plaza Accord precipitates the appreciation of the yen
 
1986
Koyo Dockyard Co., Ltd. joins the Imabari
Shipbuilding Group.
 
Koyo Dockyard Co., Ltd. joins the ImabariShipbuilding Group.
   
1988
The first large-sized container carrier
(with 3,600 TEU) “Kaga” is completed.
 
 
The first 
                                      large-sized container carrier(with 3,600 TEU) “Kaga” is completed.
 
1989 Era name is changed to “Heisei”.
1991
50th founding anniversary of the company.
1990 West Germany is reunified with East Germany.
 
50th founding 
                                      anniversary of the company.
1991 The Gulf War breaks out.

 
1993
The construction of Saijo Shipyard.
1993 The EU (European Union) is established.
 
1993
The fastest RORO ship in Japan “Hokuren-maru” (with a capacity of 100 vehicles with the chassis length of 12m) is completed.
 
 
The fastest RORO ship in Japan “Hokuren-maru” (with a capacity of 100 vehicles with the chassis length of 12m) is completed.
 
1993
The largest domestic limestone carrier
(23,000 D/W)“Hachinohe-maru” is completed.
 
The largest 
                                      domestic limestone carrier(23,000 D/W)“Hachinohe-maru” is completed.
1993
Shin Yamamoto Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
joins the Imabari Shipbuilding Group.
 
1995
The first-phase construction (hull block factory) is completed at Saijo Shipyard.
1995 The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake occurs.
The dollar falls to 79.75 yen.
 
The first-phase construction (hull block factory) is completed at Saijo Shipyard.
 
1995
Kobe Office is closed and replaced by Hanshin Office.
 
The large-sized reefer ship “CROWN EMERALD”is completed.
 
1995
The first over panamax container carrier (with 4,800 TEU) “La Loire” is completed.
 
 
The first-phase construction (hull block factory) is completed at Saijo Shipyard.
 
1996
Imabari Kokusai Hotel is newly opened.
 
1997
Delivery of the 1000th ship is achieved.
1997 Hong Kong is returned to China.
 
The Asian Financial Crisis begins.
1998 The 1998 Winter Olympics are held in Nagano.
 
1999 The euro becomes the official single currency of the EU.
2000
The second-phase construction large dock is completed at Saijo Shipyard. The first vessel CORONA FRONTIER is Launched.
 
 
The 
                                      second-phase construction large dock is 
                                      completed at Saijo Shipyard. The first vessel 
                                      CORONA FRONTIER is Launched.
 
2001
Hashihama Dockyard Co., Ltd. joins the
Imabari Shipbuilding Group.
2001 The coordinated terrorist attacks upon the United States occur.
 
China participates in the WTO.
2001
The first VLCC (300,000 D/W) “Mogamigawa”is completed.
 
The first VLCC (300,000 D/W) “Mogamigawa”is completed.
 
2002
A new dry dock is completed at Koyo Dockyard Co., Ltd.
The construction of LNG carrier commences.
A new dry dock is completed at Iwagi Zosen Co., Ltd.
 
2002 The 2002 FIFA World Cup is co-hosted by
Japan and the Republic of Korea.
 
2003 The Iraq War breaks out.
2005
Shin Kasado Dockyard Co., Ltd. joins the Imabari Shipbuilding Group.
2005 The Kyoto Protocol goes into effect.
 
Shin Kasado Dockyard Co., Ltd. joins the Imabari Shipbuilding Group.
 
2005
Tadotsu Project Department is established
at Marugame Headquarters.
 
2005
Watanabe Zosen Co., Ltd. joins the Imabari
Shipbuilding Group, renamed Shimanami
Shipyard Co., Ltd.
 
2007
A new business office is opened in Amsterdam.
 
2008
The first LNG carrier (154,000m3)
“TRINITY ARROW” is completed.
 
2008 The price of WTI crude oil hits an all-time high.
 
The first LNG carrier (154,000m3)
“TRINITY ARROW” is completed.
The 2008 Summer Olympics are held in Beijing.
Financial crisis hits global economy.
Barack Obama elected as 44th President of USA.
 
 
2008
A large-sized container carrier (with 8,100 TEU)“MOL COSMOS” is completed.
 
 
A 
                                      large-sized container carrier (with 8,100TEU)“MOL COSMOS” is completed.
2008
Hashihama Dockyard Co., Ltd. and Nishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. are merged into I-S Shipyard Co., Ltd.
 
2009
Delivery of the 100th ship of 28BC Series is achieved.
1st Imabari maritime fair "BARI-SHIP" is held.
2009 Swine Influenza becomes pandemic.
 
1st Imabari maritime fair 'BARI-SHIP' is held.
2010
101th ship delivery in fiscal year 2009 is completed.
2010 EXPO Shanghai is held.
2011
2nd Imabari maritime fair "BARI-SHIP" is held.

2011 The Great East Japan Earthquake.
NADESHIKO JAPAN wins the football world cap.
The dollarfails to 75.32 yen.
2012
Delivery of the 2,000th ship is achieved.
2012 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union.
 
2012
Deliverly of the 200th ship of 28BC Series is achieved.
 
Deliverly of the 200th ship of 28BC Series is achieved.
2013
Imabari Shipbuilding and MHI to establish joint venture MI LNG Co.,Ltd.
3rd Imabari maritime fair "BARI-SHIP" is held.
2013 Tokyo is chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympics
2014
Koyo Dockyard Co.,Ltd is consolidated with Imabari Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd.
The capital increase to 30 billion yen.
2015
Tadotsu Shipyard Co.,Ltd. join the Imabari Shipbuilding Group.
 
Tadotsu Shipyard Co.,Ltd. join the Imabari Shipbuilding Group.
2015
The large-sized container carrier (with 14,000TEU,japan’s largest)” MILLAU BRIDGE” is completed.
 
The large-sized container carrier (with 14,000TEU,japan’s largest)” MILLAU BRIDGE” is completed.
2015
4th Imabari maritime fair "BARI-SHIP" is held.
Deliverly of the 100th ship of 61BC”IS”I-STAR Series is achieved.
2015 The BDI(Baltic Dry Index)hits an all-time low.
   
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