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Our Osaka Office is Moving

Please be advised that SOMEC's Osaka branch office will be moved to Umeda, the heart of Osaka city, on September 19, 2017. For details, click here. [Sep/12/2017]

Board Member Change Announced

SOMEC announced a change to its board of directors. New members include Kazushi Konishi and Tatsuo Sakai while former Chairman Katsujiro Arai left the board with Shinobu Kitamura. [June/16/2017]

Board Member Change Announced

SOMEC announced a change to its board of directors. New members include Masaharu Nakamura while former Senior Managing Director Naoki Maegami left the board to become advisor. [June/15/2016]

Tokyo Main Office is Moving

Please be advised that SOMEC will be moving its Tokyo Main Office from Nihonbashi to Nishi-shimbashi on March 7, 2016. For details, click here. [Feb/24/2016]

Board Member Change Announced

SOMEC announced a change to its board of directors and Nobuhiro Koga was appointed new Director to replace Masaru Aoya. [Nov/01/2015]

Osone Named President of SOMEC

SOMEC's new board of directors and officers is officially announced on June 10, 2015. Hiroyuki Osone, ex-senior executive officer, was named new president while the former president, Katsujiro Arai, remains in the board as chairman. [Jun/10/2015]

New General Manager for Piraeus

SOMEC appointed Yohei Ikari as General Manager of Piraeus office to replace Nobutaka Yamamura, who will rejoin SOMEC's marine division at Tokyo Headquarter later in October. [Oct/09/2014]

New Board Announced

SOMEC's new board of directors and officers is officially announced after its shareholders' meeting held on June 10, 2014. Masaru Aoya joined the director's board.[June/10/2014]

New Board Announced

SOMEC's new board of directors and officers is officially announced after its shareholders' meeting held on June 10, 2013. [June/10/2013]

New General Manager for Shanghai Office

SOMEC has assigned Liu Yong as General Manager of Shanghai Representative Office to replace Masahiro Tsujii who was promoted to Deputy General Manager for China. [Feb/18/2013]

Oslo Office Closed

SOMEC has closed its Oslo Office as of November 2, 2012. The ex General Manager Takao Nishio rejoined Tokyo Shipbroking Team. [Nov/16/2012]

Singapore Office Opened

SOMEC has newly opened an office at Singapore and Kazuya Mizuno was appointed as General Manager. [Nov/01/2012]

Oslo Office Moved (a little)

SOMEC's Oslo Office has moved as from March 20, 2012. It is moving within the same building and contact details remain unchanged except for postal address. Visit NETWORK page for new address. [Mar/20/2012]

SOMEC Invests in Ecochlor

SOMEC will invest approximately 150 million yen in Ecochlor, Inc., a US-based maker of ballast water treatment systems. SOMEC will also acquire Asian dealership rights for Japan as well as China, South Korea, and Taiwan and will build and reinforce sales structures throughout Asia, a region where demand for such systems is increasing. [Mar/13/2012]

Kawato Delivered Lecture at JSE

On October 12, Shinobu Kawato, SOMEC's former president and now adviser to its board, delivered a lecture on "History of Ship Building Industry in Japan" at Japan Shipping Exchange (JSE). The lecture was given as part of celebratory seminars held to commemorate JSE's 90th anniversary. [Nov/17/2011]

Nishimoto to Come Back to Greece

SOMEC appointed its former director and ex-Piraeus office general manager Hisao Nishimoto as General Manager of Piraeus office again to replace Satoru Matsushita, who will rejoin SOMEC's new building team at Tokyo Headquarter in November. Nishimoto also serves as SOMEC's General Manger for Europe. [Oct/25/2011]

New ERP system in operation

SOMEC's new ERP system, nicknamed "Smartkit", is now officially in full-scale operation. The new system is based on the industry-standard SAP ERP and expected to improve the management efficiency in SOMEC. [Aug/31/2011]

NOR-SHIPPING 2011

At international exhibition NOR-SHIPPING 2011, SOMEC provided general assistance to the participants from Japan as the official cordinator designated by the industries. [June/22/2011]

New Board Announced

SOMEC's new board of directors and officers is officially announced after its shareholders' meeting held on June 9, 2011. Shinobu Kawato, ex-Chairman, left the board but remains in an advisory capacity. [June/09/2011]

SOMEC created a new post of General Manager for China

SOMEC created a new post called "General Manager for China" and appointed Motohiro Nishikawa, company's executive officer, to it. Based on Shanghai, Nishikawa serves as General Manager for Dalian Office as well. [May/18/2011]

New General Manager for Shanghai Office

SOMEC assigned Masahiro Tsujii as General Manager of Shanghai Representative Office to replace Shigekatsu Sasaki, who rejoined SOMEC's Osaka branch. [May/18/2011]

Earthquake and Tsunami 3/11 - We are OK

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of you who have sent us heartwarming messages about the earthquake and tsunami which struck north Japan on 3/11. We are OK and all the offices are operating normally. [April/2011]

New General Manager for London Office

SOMEC appointed Ken Yamada as General Manager of London office to replace Kazuya Mizuno, who rejoined SOMEC's new building team at Tokyo Headquarter. [Sep/30/2010]

SOMEC sent a Rep to Brazil

SOMEC sent Kotaro Mori to Brazil to join Sojitz do Brazil S.A. Rio de Janeiro branch. He will take charge of marine and energy related business for SOMEC and Sojitz group. [Sep/30/2010]

Osaka Office Moved

SOMEC's Osaka Branch Office moved to a new building. Please visit NETWORK page for new address. [July/28/2010]

New Board Announced

SOMEC's new board of directors and officers is officially announced after its shareholders' meeting held on June 18, 2010. Katsujiro Arai is appointed new president. [June/18/2010]

New General Manager for Piraeus Office

SOMEC appointed Mr. Satoru Matsushita as General Manager of Piraeus office. Ex-GM Mr. Hirofumi Matsui returned to Tokyo Head Office to join SOMEC's new building team. [July/7/2009]

NOR-SHIPPING 2009

SOMEC new chairman and president went to Norway to attend at international exhibition NOR-SHIPPING 2009. [July/7/2009]

New Board Announced

SOMEC's new board of directors and officers is officially announced after its shareholders' meeting held on June 17, 2009. Toshihiko Kita is appointed new president. [June/17/2009]

SOMEC president acted as moderator for Keynote Panel Discussion at BARISHIP

SOMEC president Shiobu Kawato acted as moderator for Keynote Panel Discussion at BARISHIP, titled "Maritime Industries in Near Future - Overcoming Clear and Present Danger." BARISHIP is an international maritime trade show started this year with support from shipbuilders, shipowners, government authorities in Japan. [June/15/2009]

Ship Management Groups Reorganized

SOMEC reorganized its Ship Management Group and Shipowner Service Group into a single entity called "Ship Owning & Management Group". [Apr/27/2009]

Big "Strategy Meeting" Held

SOMEC's management called on all its overseas representatives as well as all the senior and middle staffs to participate a company-wide meeting held in November 1, to discuss SOMEC's business strategy for future. [Nov/5/2008]

SOMEC's Network Infrastructure Reinforced

SOMEC's network infrastructure has undergone a revamp to ensure better performance and even tighter security. [Nov/5/2008]

New Board Approved and Announced

Somec has renewed its board of directors as of June 12, 2008. Mr. Tsutsumi has joined the company as director while former senior managing director, Mr. T. Mieno, has retired from the board to become an advisor to the company. [June/12/2008]

SOMEC Homepage Now Available in Chinese, Too.

As from May 7, long-awaited Chinese version of SOMEC website is open to public. [May/07/2008]

SOMEC's Capital Reaches JY 800millions

Somec announced that the company increased its capital to JY800 million from 411.8million as of March 31, 2008. [April/02/2008]

Kita Joined the Company's Board

Somec announced that Toshihiko Kita (ex. executive officer) joined the company's board of directors, while Mr. Shinobu Kitamura and Mr. Naoki Maegami were newly appointed for executive officers. [April/02/2008]

NOR-SHIPPING 2007

At international exhibition NOR-SHIPPING 2007, SOMEC provided general assistance to the participants from Japan as the official cordinator designated by the industries. [June/28/2007]

New Board Announced

SOMEC's new board of directors and officers is offiially announced after its shareholders' meeting held on June 08, 2007. [June/13/2007]

SOMEC president acted as moderator at Japan Shipping Finance Forum

SOMEC's President Shinobu Kawato acted as moderator at a panel discussion in Japan Shipping Finance Forum 2007. [May/31/2007]

Shanghai Office Moved

SOMEC's Shanghai Branch Office has moved as from May 28. Please visit NETWORK page for new address. [May/31/2007]

Reorganization at Osaka Branch

As from April 1, 2007, business department of SOMEC's Osaka branch is split into 2 independent departments. [Mar/31/2007]

"HORIZON" magazine features SOMEC president interview

SOMEC President talk about the company's business strategy in September issue of Horizon Magazine. [Oct/02/2006]

London Office Moved

SOMEC's London Office has moved as from September 4. Please visit NETWORK page for new address. [Sep/10/2006]

New Board Announced

SOMEC's new board of directors and officers is offiially announced after its shareholders' meeting held on June 23, 2006. [June/30/2006]

3rd Office in China

Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation (SOMEC) opened its 3rd office in Dalian, China. [Apr/25/2006]

1st Anniversary for Onomichi Office

SOMEC's Onomichi office celebrates its 1st annivesary of opening. [Mar/30/2006]

SOMEC appeared in Business Magazine

November 12 issue of Japan's "Weekly Diamond" business magazine reported SOMEC's current situations and activities quoting comments of its president Shinobu Kawato. [Nov/30/2005]


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