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Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works

History : Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works

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Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works was established in 1857 as Japan's first warship repair facility, under the name, Nagasaki Yotetsusho Foundry.

Since then we have developed the two related businesses of shipbuilding and machineries, producing not only many of Japan's greatest ships but also a range of power generating plants and other machinery.

Today, more than 145 years of accumulated technological expertise are devoted to the cause of industrial progress, from the building of luxury cruise ships and high-speed freight boats, to the construction of high-efficiency power generating plants and the development of next-generation energy sources such as fuel cells.

Nagasaki seitetsusho Ironworks in the early 1870's

1857

At the request of the Tokugawa Shogunate Government, a group of Dutch engineers with necessary materials and machine tools arrived at Nagasaki and started on the construction of the foundry, then called Nagasaki Yotetsusho.

1860

The foundry was redesigned as ironworks and renamed "Nagasaki Seitetsusho." The ironworks was completed in 1861.

1868

The Nagasaki Seitetsusho, the ironworks, was taken over by the Meiji Government and put under the control of Nagasaki prefectural judiciary.

1879

No.1 Dry Dock was completed. (This dock was demolished in 1963 for the construction of new dry docks.)

1884

Mitsubishi Company leased the works from the Japanese Government. (Foundation: July 7, 1884)

1885

Akunoura Machine Shop

Akunoura Machine Shop in 1885

1887

Tategami Shop

1893

The works was renamed Mitsubishi Shipyard of Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha.

1896

No.2 Dry Dock was completed at Akunoura. (This dock was later demolished for construction of Material Supply Center.)
No.3 Dry Dock was completed at Iwasedo in 1905.

1903

No.2 and No.3 Building Berths were completed. Nos.1 through 8 Building Berths were all completed by 1906.

1907

Japan's first ship experimental tank for R&D center in 1907

1908

Japan's first power generating turbine (output 500kW) was completed for the central power station of Mitsubishi Shipyard.

1912

Gantry crane was completed on No.1 Building Berth.
Gantry cranes were completed on all building berths by 1939.

1917

The works was transferred to the control of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Ltd.

1923

The Electric Department of the works was company of Mitsubishi Electric Manufacturing Company, Ltd.

1934

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Ltd. was renamed Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

1936

Gantry crane completed on No.2 Building Berth in 1936

Gantry crane

1937

The foundry of the works was separated and renamed Nagasaki Steel Works of Mitsubishi Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

1938

First turbine -generator unit(75,000kW) for amagasaki No.2 Power Station ,Kansai Joint Electric Power Co., Ltd. in 1938

1942

World War ll battleship "Musashi" was delivered.

World War ll battleship Musashi

1949

Tategami Shop

Tategami Shop in 1949.
The emperor inspects the postwar recovery of the shipyard.

1950

The works became a possession of West Japan Heavy-Industries, Ltd. when the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. was decentralized into three independent companies

1952

The works was renamed as Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Ltd.

1957

Centennial anniversary of the foundation of the works was celebrated.

1963

Machinery Division production facilities modernization (assembly, machinery, and boiler shops) was completed.

1964

The three independent companies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, decentralized in 1950, were merged again into one company under the name of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and the works was renamed the Nagasaki Shipyard & Engine Works.

1965

Two 300,000-ton dry docks were completed as building and repair docks, respectively.

1971

Boiler-Tube and Pipe-Header Shops were completed at the Koyagi/Fukahori areas.

1972

Koyagi Building Dry Dock was completed. Koyagi Repair Dry Dock was completed in 1973.

1976

Main office was completed.

1981

Coal Fired Boiler Shop was completed.

1985

Isahaya Plant was completed.

1990

Luxury cruise passenger ship "Crystal Harmony" was completed.

1991

Space Equipment Shop was completed.

1993

Electronics Shop was completed.

2003

Solar Cell Factory was completed.

2004

Wind Turbine Shop was completed. Cruise ships "Diamond Princess", "Sapphire Princess" were completed.

2005

Megami Bridge was completed.

2007

150th anniversary of the foundation of the works was celebrated.

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