Heavy Industries Ltd, said it has received orders for 23 vessels totaling 1.48m gross tons in 2006, up from 21 vessels weighing 1.08m gross tons a year earlier.
On a deadweight tonnage basis, orders reached 1.20m tons this year, rising from 1.12m tons in 2005.
There were five new ships ordered in Japan during
the year, totaling 56,792 gross tons or 24,696 deadweight tons, compared to five vessels last year which reached 90,510 gross tons or 42,688 deadweight tons.
Offshore orders for new vessels increased to 18, weighing 1.43 mln gross tons or 1.18 mln deadweight tons, from 16 in 2005 with a combined weight of 991,340 gross tons or 1.08 mln deadweight tons.