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Muroran Ship Recycling Study Group

Muroran is home to steel manufacturing, shipbuilding, and PCB recycling facilities, and here we have the necessary technology to make the best use of these resources without putting an unnecessary burden on the environment. The Muroran Ship Recycle Study Group was founded to further the development of ship recycling here.


In 2008 the Muroran Ship Recycling Study Group was selected as part of a Government Local Business Development Project (Cabinet Office, Government of Japan) to be extended for another year to 2009. Studies to better understand the current state of ship recycling in developing nations and local industrialization, panel discussions, and a symposium for local residents were held, the Muroran Institute of Technology together with local Hokkaido industry undertook the recycling of a ship which had run aground on Rishiri island, and studies into the automobile recycling industry were undertaken.

Ship Recycling Study Group Ship Recycling Symposium in Muroran (on 20th of Nov. 2008)
Ship Recycling Study Group Ship Recycling Symposium in Muroran (on 20th of Nov. 2008)
Stranded ship in its dismantled state Dissolution experiments on ship parts
Stranded ship in its dismantled state Dissolution experiments on ship parts


At the heart of Muroran harbor lays an iron and steel manufacturing and shipbuilding industrial center which is the main industry of Muroran, Hokkaido. Here the necessary infrastructure for environmentally friendly ship recycling is already in place. However, whether there is a real possibility of this becoming a new local industry, and whether there is a realistic business model for this, is still under study by a joint industry-academic-government working group.

Although Japan is internationally recognized as a leader in shipbuilding, the development of a ship recycling system that is both environment and human friendly is an initiative that can only be achieved through the cooperation of the entire nation.

Muroran Ship Recycling Study Group Chairman
Associate Professor, Muroran Institute of Technology
Kazumichi Shimizu

Muroran Ship Recycling Study Group (In alphabetical order)

Fuji Salvage Co., Ltd. http://www.fujisal.com/
Hokkaido Air Water Inc. http://www.hawi.co.jp/
Hokkaido Government Iburi Subprefectural Office http://www.iburi.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/
Hokkaido Industrial Research Institute http://www.hokkaido-iri.go.jp/
Japan Marine Science Inc.
Kuribayashi & Co., Ltd. http://www.kurinet.co.jp/
Local Newspaper Muroran Minpo http://www.muromin.mnw.jp/
Maya Industries Co., Ltd.
Muroran Advancement Center of Industrial Technology and Management http://www.murotech.or.jp/
Muroran City http://www.city.muroran.lg.jp/
Muroran Institute of Technology http://www.muroran-it.ac.jp/
Muroran Port Promotion Association
Muroran Transport Branch Office, Hokkaido District Transport Bureau
National Maritime Research Institute http://www.nmri.go.jp/
Nippon Steel Corporation http://www.nsc.co.jp/
NPO Muroran Economic Development Workshop
R&E, Co. Ltd. http://www.rande.co.jp/
Sapporo Kokyu Imono Co., Ltd. http://www.sapporo-kokyu.co.jp/
Sato Chuko Co., Ltd. http://satochuko.co.jp/
Susuki Shokai Inc. http://www.suzuki-shokai.co.jp/
Teramachi Co., Ltd.
The Hakodate Dock Co., Ltd. http://www.hakodate-dock.co.jp/
The Hokkaido Shimbun Press Muroran Office http://kk.hokkaido-np.co.jp/
The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. http://www.jsw.co.jp/
The Sangyo Shinko Co., Ltd. http://www.sangyoshinko.co.jp/
TRI-B SAPPORO, Inc. http://www.tri-b.co.jp/