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SAJ Chairman's Monthly Press Conference (April 2002)

分類: 業界情報,造船業,国際協調
April 2002
17/04/2002

JSC Press Release

April 17th, 2002

Mr Toshimichi Okano, Chairman of the Shipbuilders' Association of Japan (SAJ), held his regular press conference on April 16th in Tokyo. The following passages present an outline of his views:

1. Recent Newbuilding Market

Newbuilding orders placed with Japanese yards in January and March 2002 amounted to 1.19 million cgt, which was 45% lower than the figure in the same period of 2001. This decrease in newbuilding orders had been anticipated, and a satisfactory orderbook has already been secured for about two years. Therefore, at present, there is no serious cause for concern regarding the newbuilding market.

2. SAJ Top Executives' Visit to China

The 11th JEKU Top Executive Meeting, with representatives from the most important shipbuilding companies of Japan, Europe, Korea and the United States, will be held this October on Cheju Island (Korea). At the 10th session held last year in Spain, top executives agreed to invite China to the forthcoming meeting.
On behalf of the JEKU Meeting, Mr Okano and Mr Nobutaka Nambu, Executive Managing Director of SAJ, have visited China to formally invite the Chinese shipbuilding executives to participate at the 11th JEKU Meeting.
They met with executives of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence of the People's Republic of China (COSTIND), the China Association of Shipbuilding Trade (CAST), China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIS). All executives of these aforementioned organizations expressed their intentions to participate at the forthcoming JEKU Meeting. In what capacity the Chinese delegation will participate will be made known in due course.

3. Possible Construction of Floating Airport Structure in Tokyo Bay

As was mentioned during last October's press conference, the SAJ announced its proposal to construct a floating airport structure in line with the expansion of Haneda Airport, which is the nearest airport from central Tokyo.
The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has established a committee whose task it will be to determine the most appropriate construction procedure for the Haneda Airport expansion project. The 2nd session of the committee was held on April 16th, at which presentations on three nominated systems, i.e. reclamation, floating platform and platform with fixed support columns attached, were made. Mr Okano expected that a fair and objective evaluation will be made by the committee, and expressed his confidence in the potential benefits of the floating platform system with regard to construction costs and the length of construction period. The committee will decide on the most appropriate construction procedure this May.

4. Strategies for Shipbuilding Technologies

The SAJ established an advisory committee to devise strategies for shipbuilding technologies, consisting of representatives from the shipbuilding industry, academia and government in 2001. Based on the discussions in FY 2001, it suggested two major subjects: "Life Cycle Value of Vessels for Customers" and "Maintenance of Technological Edges" to the SAJ.
The SAJ is going to examine how Japanese shipbuilders would tackle these challenges.

5. OECD Government/Industry Hearing on Establishing Normal Competitive Conditions in World Shipbuilding

The OECD Working Party on Shipbuilding held the abovementioned hearing on April 4th and 5th in Paris. Participants from the shipbuilding industry, shipping industry, trade unions and non-OECD member economies presented their views on the current shipbuilding market and possible government actions which could be taken to address the problems facing the world shipbuilding industry.
The SAJ presented the following opinions at the hearing:
1) Due to the newbuilding capacity expansion from the mid-90s, the imbalance between supply and demand in the world shipbuilding market increased and consequently newbuilding prices have remained at a very low level.
2) Elimination of government subsidies is essential to establish free and fair competition.
3) The following points should be taken into account in the possible new shipbuilding agreement.
- Subsidies to be eliminated should be defined clearly.
- Injurious pricing to be prevented should be defined clearly.
- Adequate measures should be taken to prevent abusive complaints on injurious pricing.
- Wider participation of shipbuilding nations in negotiations should be ensured.
The SAJ hopes that these opinions will be reflected in any future OECD negotiations regarding the new shipbuilding agreement.


For further information, please contact:

Planning Department
The Shipbuilders' Association of Japan (SAJ)

Tel: +81-3-3502-2014      
Fax: 81-3-3502-2816 
E-mail: kikaku@sajn.or.jp
Website: http://www.sajn.or.jp

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