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Aboitiz Group pays tribute at Tsuneishi’s centennial celebration

Tsuneishi Holdings MC Department | October 27, 2017


Last October 7, Tsuneishi Shipbuilding celebrated its 100th anniversary. After the completion of the traditional prayers held at the Shinshoji, the ceremony moved the venue to the Tsuneishi Arena to start the celebration.

The event opened with the words of President Kenji Kawano’s speech. He thanked guests, employees, cooperative companies, and partner business for their constant support, emphasizing on the fact that without them, Tsuneishi Shipbuilding wouldn’t be able to celebrate 100 years.


Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has a long history behind. As the mother company, it aims to develop new technologies, give technical guidance to the branches overseas and nurture and educate its talented workers throughout the shipbuilding business. Together with all the companies of Tsuneishi Group, we hope to continue our contribution to the regions in which our yards are based.

– Kenji Kawano, President, Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.


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Tsuneishi Shipbuilding President Kawano shared the company’s milestones:

Tsuneishi Group began its business in the maritime industry in 1903, and our shipbuilding business began with Tsuneishi Shipbuilding’s predecessor ‘Shiohama Dockyard’, which was established in the year 1917.  

Looking back in the history over the past 100 years since the establishment, it can be said that there were three turning points that helped in building the current Tsuneishi Shipbuilding.

The first one was the construction of ‘Mikomaru’, the first steel vessel back in 1958. Before that, ships were made out of wood and since that moment we started building better and stronger ships.

The second turning point was from 1960s to 1970s with the buildup of the construction equipment. At this point the first steel vessel, the construction dock and, at that time, the country’s largest class, 200,000-ton repair dock were completed. And with the technical guidance of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, TSUINEISHI SHIPBUILDING started building large ships on its own, as well as new types of vessels such us Oil Tankers, Roll on/off Bulk Carriers and Containers. Furthermore, since 1984 we started developing our main products, the TESS series ships, shifting from custom-made to a system of mass production which allowed us to sell in lots.

The third turning point was the overseas expansion that took place from the 1990s. Based on the experiences from Papua New Guinea and Uruguay, we expanded our business to the ship designing field by establishing TSUNEISHI TECHNICAL SERVICES PHILS. INC. in Philippines in the year 1992. Later on, in 1994 TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU) INC. was established in Balamban, Cebu and we deliver our first vessel three years later, in 1997.

In the year 2003, we found in China Tsuneishi Group (ZHOUSHAN) Marine & Development Inc. and Tsuneishi Group (ZHOUSHAN) Hull-Body Production Inc. in Xiushan Island, Zhejiang Province, China in 2004. In 2007 the two companies merged launching TSUNEISHI (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING.

In the year 2013, Paraguay based ASTILLERO TSUNEISHI PARAGUAY launched its first river barge fleet. Today, these overseas factories have grown to become the core point of our shipbuilding business.

Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has a long history behind. As the mother company, it aims to develop new technologies, give technical guidance to the branches overseas and nurture and educate its talented workers throughout the shipbuilding business. Together with all the companies of Tsuneishi Group, we hope to continue our contribution to the regions in which our yards are based.

For the next 100 years, we will challenge our shipbuilding business by trying to build dream vessels. Last month Tsuneishi Shipbuilding launched ‘Guntû’, Tsuneishi´s first cruise ship. I am hoping we take advantage of this experience to launch our 2nd and 3rd passenger ship.

Learn more about Tsuneishi’s beginnings and growth in the video:

Challenge is Our Pride – Tsuneishi 100th Anniversary video


Among the attendees, Mr. Yoichi Miyazawa, member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), House of Councilors Chairman, LDP Tax Commission, expressed his gratitude remarking how Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has overcome the economic flows, being able to develop and progress.


One hundredth anniversary is a landmark and it is wonderful that we have a company that is working to bring opportunities towards the future. I pray in advance for the continued development and the prosperity of Tsuneishi Shipbuilding.

– Fumio Kishida, member of the House of Representatives, Liberal Democratic Party of Japan


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KANPAI TO FRIENDS. JRA, with EIA in the background, cited the successful partnership between THI and the Aboitiz Group in his toast to the celebrants.


To follow the celebrations, President Kenji Kawano and 30 other attendees, joined the stage for the toast by Mr. Jon Ramon Aboitiz, Chairman of Aboitiz & Company and Aboitiz Equity Ventures, part of the Aboitiz Group.


We are extremely grateful that they have been our partners for 23 years. We look forward to another 100 years.

– Jon Ramon Aboitiz, Chairman, Aboitiz & Co.




After the toast, a local group held an exciting Taiko drumming performance, followed by an award ceremony to commend those employees who worked for TSUNEISHI continually for more than 20 years. A total of 46 employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication.



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The video “Challenge is Our Pride” was screened as a closure, showing the long path TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING has built and the reasons why “challenge is our pride”. It was a heart moving ceremony in which friendship bonds were deepened.





From sleepy town to boomtown: How a shipbuilding firm jumpstarted Balamban’s economy

Liberty Pinili | October 2, 2017


More than 20 years ago, there were only a few opportunities for trade and employment in Barangay Buanoy in the southwestern Cebu town of Balamban.

Such is no longer the case these days. From fourth-class, Balamban became a first-class town with a total regular income of PHP301.9 million in the same year, according to the Commission on Audit. From a few stores, over 1,300 business permits were renewed and 242 new business permits were issued in 2014. The latter rose to 1,327 in 2015.

Among the fast-growing barangays are Buanoy and Arpili, where the West Cebu Industrial Park (WCIP), the economic zone that hosts Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, Inc. (THI) is located.


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BOOMING SHIPBUILDING TOWN. Balamban lies on the western coast of Cebu province, about 53 kilometers from Cebu City proper.


Charlie Ombao, THI factory support department manager, was among the first employees of THI during the construction stage of the shipbuilding firm. Back in 1994, the year THI was established, he recalls having to go to the poblacion or town center just to buy beer.

Labor migration expanded Balamban’s population to 70,000 in 2014, even doubling a year later.

THI has 11,260 employees and 760 of them are direct hires. THI hired qualified residents from Buanoy and from other parts of Balamban, as well as those coming from neighboring Toledo City.


GLOBAL HUB. Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. is located inside the sprawling 268-hectare West Cebu Industrial Park developed by Cebu Industrial Park Developers, Inc.


Residents like Jamaica Quimod could not imagine how their lives would have turned out if THI had not invested in the town. Quimod’s mother found a job at K & A, another locator at WCIP.

Jamaica got a scholarship from the Tsuneishi Foundation to study civil engineering at the University of San Jose Recoletos. She graduated in March 2016 and began working at THI shortly after as a field engineer.

Quimod says that with THI, she sees her dreams becoming reality. “I want to study further, build a house for my parents, and visit places around the world,” she said.

Ombao said that THI continues to look for growth opportunities to be able to help Filipinos like the young Quimod.

In 2016, THI built 20 vessels. It received 15 orders that are scheduled for delivery this year.


WE MAKE ‘EM BIG. THI’s shipbuilding complex features a 200,000-ton capacity semi-tandem building dock.


To provide quality products on schedule, THI chose AboitizPower to provide reliable and stable power for its operations.

Under the Retail Competition and Open Access regime, big power consumers like THI, or those that require 1 megawatt or more, have the option to choose their own licensed retail electricity suppliers.

“We chose AboitizPower because we trust them. They have a track record of being a reliable and a responsible power company,” Ombao said.

Ombao said that THI takes its responsibility to the community and the environment seriously. In line with its parent company’s vision and mission, the facility in Balamban treats its wastewater before discharge, segregates its wastes so that only residual wastes are brought to the municipal landfill for final disposal, and complies with DENR regulations and standards on the treatment and disposal of hazardous materials.

THI also encourages its employees to participate in annual tree and mangrove planting activities. Every year, THI aims to plant 2,500 indigenous tree seedlings in the uplands of Balamban and 5,000 mangrove propagules on foreshore areas.









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