Corporate History

Our company was founded in 1904 in Wakamatsu-mura, Onga-gun, Fukuoka Prefecture as “Kondo Gumi”, originally trading Japanese sake, soy sauce, and miso, in addition to the business of shipbreaking. In 1925 with the removal and dismantling of the coastal defense ship “Okinoshima”, a former Baltic Fleet coastal defense ship “General Admiral Apraksin”, which had run aground near the coast of Fukuoka Prefecture, the Maritime Division of our company was established and has become the foundation of our current business to the present day. 
Events in Kondo Kaiji Co., Ltd. 
Historical Background
Japan’s first state-run ironworks, Yawata Seitetsusho, started operation in the Yahata area.
The company founder, a descendent of the famous Murakami Navy based in Ehime, established Kondo Gumi in the land of Wakamatsu-mura, Onga-gun, Fukuoka Prefecture (present-day Wakamatsu Ward, Kitakyushu City) for the business of shipbreaking, while also trading in Japanese sake, soy sauce, and miso.
Outbreak of Russo-Japanese War
The end of Russo-Japanese War
The Great Kanto Earthquake
Kondo Gumi established its Maritime Division with the shipbreaking and removal of the coastal defense ship “Okinoshima”, which had participated in the Russo-Japanese war as a coastal defense ship belonging to the Baltic Fleet of Russia, but later renamed “Okinoshima” after its capture by the Japanese Navy. After World War I, the ship served as a training vessel for the Sasebo Marine Corps before being decommissioned in 1924. Although she was planned to be put on display in the memorial hall of the Battle of Tsushima by the War Relics Preservation Organization in the following year, she eventually ran aground in rough weather. It was our company that was put in charge of her dismantling and removal.
Conclusion of Convention Embodying Basic Rules of the Relations between Japan and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Radio broadcast of Sumo Grand Tournament begins
Manchurian Incident
Salvage Division and the Cargo Handling Division established based on our expertise in floating, removal, and dismantling of ships, as well as operation of crane vessels.
World War II breaks out
Conscription as salvage unit into the Akatsuki Corps of the Imperial Japanese Army. All company employees, including company representatives, relocated to Kure in Hiroshima together with our ships and equipment.
With the end of World War II, release from conscription and return to the founding place of Wakamatsu.
The end of World War II
Company is renamed “Kondo Kaiji Industry”, and builds the catamaran type crane vessel with the lifting capacity of 400 t “Yorozumaru”, which was then the largest in Japan and contributed to the opening of the Kanmon Port with her unpaid service of removing over 200 vessels from the Kanmon Straits and Dokai Bay. These vessels had sunk after hitting mines or for other reasons.
Japan Self Defense Forces established
The first manned space flight by the Soviet Union
Named by Yawata Seitetsu (presently Nippon Steel) as a company responsible for heavy freight handling using crane vessels and engaged in around-the-clock loading work of coils for export with the company’s steam driven crane vessel with the lifting capacity of 120 t "Hisamaru" as a part in Japan’s high economic growth period.
Tokyo Olympic Games
Opening of Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train line
Marine Transport Division opened for transporting steel pipe piles and heavy and large size cargo with deck barges, as well as Towing Division for towing services using tugboats
Corporate reorganization as Kondo Kaiji Industry Co., Ltd. Made inroads into overseas markets by enhancing Towing Division with newly built near-seas ocean tugboats and with the know-how of towing accumulated through years of service.
Apollo 11 first lunar landing
Acquired license for coastal shipping business, ordinary construction business (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Oil crisis
Built crane vessel “Futaiten”
Trade name changed to Kondo Kaiji Co., Ltd., set orange color with high visibility as the corporate color, and engaged in salvage service on a 24-hours-a-day basis. Made a leap as a comprehensive maritime corporation by participating in the development of offshore oil fields with towing and marine transportation of large-scale structures such as large size jackets, plants, and platforms, as well as operation of anchor handling tugs.
With the start of boring derrick installation work, engaged in a variety of undertakings for construction of an oil reserve station, including soil improvement work, station construction, and towing of oil storage barges used until completion of the facility, as well as part of the maintenance work after completion.
Second oil crisis
First launch of the space shuttle
With establishment of the Construction Works Division, advance into the waterfront civil engineering works. Marine transport of trusses of Keihin Ohasi and Onarutokyo Bridge opened the way for transporting bridges like Bisan Seto Ohashi, Shimanami Kaido, Tsunoshima Ohashi, and Daiba Line of Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway, Fukuoka Island City Connection Bridge, and others to follow.
Reappearance of Halley’s comet
Obtained special construction business license (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Participated in remote islands preservation work and ecological survey
Embarked on work at sea both at home and abroad with installation of water intake and discharge pipes at a power plant in Taiwan utilizing crane vessel with the lifting capacity of 265 t “Byakko” as the first overseas project
Bursting of the bubble economy in Japan
Engaged in the marine transport for the construction of manmade island in Kisarazu area as part of the Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway project
Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake
Advance into overseas business with the building of state-of-the-art salvage and anchor handling vessel “Idaten”
Celebrated 100-year anniversary since founding
Participated in the Sakhalin Project
Fukuoka Earthquake
Started marine transportation of wind power generation facilities to destinations around the country
Participated in the installation work of submerged tunnel tubes for New Wakato Road
Engaged in the transportation of jackets and deck boards for runway construction of Tokyo Haneda Airport
Purchased the research and salvage vessel “Fujin” and entered new fields of business;
work boat “Ushiwaka” also purchased
Dispatched fleet for salvage and recovery assistance work in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Great East Japan Earthquake
Full-fledged entry into the installation of floating type offshore wind power generation facilities with the spread of renewable energy trend
Built a new work boat “Yoshitsune” built
Replacement salvage and towing vessel “Itakeru” built
Built a multi-purpose salvage and towing vessel “Raijin” equipped with appropriate accommodation and work deck to cope with emergency salvage work, as well as development and survey of marine resources in the seas near Japan
Replacement work boat “Benkei” built
Domestic cargo vessel “Keiunmaru” built
Certified with ISO9001・2015 for quality, ISO14001・2015 for environment, and ISO45001・2018 for occupational health and safety
Completion of new headquarters building and new warehouse