Our Unique Value Company Profile
Our reach is very great, through shipbuilding we aim to achieve everything from advanced technology to social contribution
We would like to share our unique values, such as the strengths and characteristics of Sumidagawa Shipbuilding.
Here are 10 key words to better understand the company.
Japan's first Western-style, modern shipyard
In 1913, Baron Shinpachi Takahashi, who studied shipbuilding at Tokyo Imperial University, established the Sumidagawa Shipyard at Mukojima, Tokyo. It was the only modern ship factory in Japan at the time when shipyards building wooden vessels were the norm. Over time the company has established itself as a shipyard specializing in the building of modern high-speed boats.
Our construction technology has received high marks from countries around the world. We also enjoy the trust of the Japanese government, for which we have been providing support for new development for many years. In addition to building ships with a specific agenda, e.g., countering terrorism and piracy, we also cooperate with ODA to foster peace in developing countries, helping to build friendship and trust between Japan and her overseas neighbors.
Since starting in 1913 we have overcome the chaos and turmoil of both the Great Kanto Earthquake (1923) and WWII, making it possible to celebrate our 100th anniversary. We will continue to develop new technologies, making it possible to build ships that meet or exceed the needs of customers in Japan and overseas, aiming for further growth in the future.
One of the largest patrol vessels operating in Japan
In 1990, the high tensile steel fishing patrol vessel, christened Aso, was constructed. The order was placed by the Kumamoto Prefectural Government to support their efforts to prevent poaching. It is one of the largest patrol vessels operating in Japan.
Comfort & Safety
- Top Priorities
In line with Japan's economic and social progress the customer's requirements for high-speed boats have also changed. In recent years there has been considerable focus on comfort. Without sacrificing safety as a top priority, we will keep striving to design and build ships that exceed the diverse needs of our customers.
JICA President Award/Industrial Technology Research Association Award
Sumidagawa Shipyard awarded the Industrial Technology Research Association Award for the "Class B Runabout," the first FRP boat made in Japan. We were the first shipbuilder to receive the JICA President Award for our coast guard 20m patrol boat built for the Coast Guard of the Republic of Djibouti under the auspices and support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
First in Japan/First in the World
Starting with its inauguration as Japan's first modern shipyard the company has built a variety of Japan firsts, including FRP boats, water jet boats and light-structure V-shaped sightseeing boats. As a clear example of our constant pioneering spirit and readiness to take on challenges we draw attention of the Osaka Fire Department's light-weight catamaran, a first of its kind in the world, which we developed and actualized.
The Mission of Protecting Japan
We have filled boat orders for many government and municipal offices, including the provision of patrol boats and special service vessels to the Japan Coast Guard and high-speed patrol boats for the National Police Agency. Our daily work of building ships includes recognizing the need to protect Japan from foreign threats such as terrorist attacks and piracy.
At Sumidagawa Shipyard we are passionate about the sea, ships and the making of things
In addition to our passion for the sea and ships we have a group of people who like to make things, regardless of their specific position in the company. In order to anticipate the changing times, and insure we continue to evolve, we are looking for people who "love the sea, love ships, and love making things" to lead the next generation.
Inviting the public to experience the appeal of shipbuilding
At a regional level in Japan, we are making it possible for the public to participate in ship launch ceremonies as a means to raise awareness of what is involved in ship building. Our goal is to generate excitement with the hope this will lead to a greater number of people deciding to join our industry in the future. We are also actively involved in activities designed to communicate the social value of shipbuilding to the public by participating in overseas events.