Launching Ceremony

From the initial phase of steel cutting, through to preliminary processing and blocks assembling, ships are named and launched.
After the rope cutting event, triggers* are released on the slipway and
the ship starts to move silently into the sea.**
It is the cerebration of the birth of a new ship. 
NOTICE: The launching ceremony will be opened to the public from May 2023. 


An implement hooking the hull to the slipway, preventing the ship from slipping

**Our Launching is done the old-fashioned way by applying grease between the twin-launch platforms which allows the ship to pass elegantly and very close to the watching audience.
We are proud of that traditional way and believe it is the best ceremony in Japan.

The ship launching ceremony is a ceremony which serves as the first step for a ship on its voyage to the open sea. Our on-site craftsmen work with pride on this make-or-break game that cannot be redone to deliver excitement to customers.

I will never lose my anxiety no matter how many ships we make. Nevertheless, the feeling of accomplishment when one of our ships safely hits the water is an unbelievable moment that cannot be replaced.
Kunio Hirai


The photograph on the left is of the wooden cargo ship named Kyofuku-Maru which was delivered at Honda shipyard in 1930. Many people stood along the deck and the ship was decorated with chains of fishermen’s flags wishing her future prosperity.


Eightyseven years have passed since then leading to the most recent deliveries of Themis Triumph / Monica which can be seen in the photographs on the left.

Over time we have developed our capabilities to meet market trends and client needs but our passion to deliver each ship proudly with a focus on our client’s safe future voyages remains unchanged.


At our shipyard, we always keep in mind a safety first policy. We also strive to continuously improve the quality of the finished product so that our clients are satisfied with the performance and longevity of the Vessel.
Junichi Abe
Managing Director