Japanese shipbuilders Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding and Tsuneishi Shipbuilding have firmed up their cooperation with a business cooperation agreement signed today.The agreement builds upon the talks on tying up their businesses launched earlier this year, which have resulted in agreement on specific details of the cooperation.“The purpose of the partnership agreement is to attain continuous growth of the shipbuilding business through collaboration between the two companies in building up design and development capacity and cost competitiveness, and thereby obtaining more orders, while at the same time maintaining their respective independence in management,” a joint press statement reads.Under the agreement, the Japanese duo plans to team up on research and development, technical collaboration in design and manufacturing aimed at boosting the duo’s orderbooks by shortening design periods and increasing their product lineups as well as by exchanging technical information pertaining to design and manufacturing.The two shipbuilders also plan to cooperate on procurement activities through joint utilization of one another’s distribution channels and suppliers as well as share their manufacturing facilities in Japan and overseas so as to bolster their cost competitiveness in manufacturing.In addition, the cooperation will include personnel exchanges so as to share design, procurement and manufacturing technologies, expertise and know-how.The two companies also agreed to support each other with regard to seasonal fluctuations in workload and sudden unexpected events through the effective deployment of each another’s human and technological resources.
COUNCIL BLUFFS – NIACC freshman Eric Swart set the school’s high jump record with a leap of 6 feet, 6 3/4 inches with his third place finish at the Region XI meet on Sunday in Council Bluffs.Swart, who is from Gilbert, broke the old mark of 6-4 3/4 held by Jacob Gapp (2013) and Luke Arrowood (2014).The NIACC men’s 4×100-meter relay team placed third in a time of 42.19 seconds. The Trojans ran Timothi McMaster, Kyle Younker, Kalen Eastman and Brendan Hoy.NIACC placed fifth in the team standings with 37 points. Iowa Central was the team champion with 374 points and Iowa Western was second with 208 points.Also the high jump, NIACC’s Alec Hayes was fourth (6-4).In the 5,000 meters, NIACC’s Gavin Connell was fourth in a time of 16 minutes, 37.11 seconds.In the javelin, NIACC’s Jacob Henjum was fifth with a toss of 35.46 meters. — high school soccer TuesdayMason City High girls 2, Marshalltown 1Marshalltown 2, Mason City boys 0 DES MOINES — Drake softball coach Rich Calvert says even if the Bulldogs don’t win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament they will be headed to an NCAA regional. The Bulldogs closed the regular season with a 40-14 record and are currently 23rd in the latest college softball RPI and much of the reason is a tough early season schedule that included games against 12 ranked foes.Calvert says the tough early slate also is one of the reasons Drake posted a 24-2 Valley regular season record.Calvert says the RPI ranking makes the Bulldogs a lock for the tournament.Calvert says the selection committee usually follows the RPI rankings.As the top seed in the field the Bulldogs have a bye into Friday morning’s semifinals in Peoria. Northern Iowa is the third seed in the field. The Panthers open in the quarterfinal round on Thursday night. AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has signed prep basketball star Caleb Grill to a letter of intent. The 6-foot-3 guard out of Maize, Kansas, will be the fourth high school player in this year’s recruiting class for the Cyclones. Maize originally signed with South Dakota State and he considered Kansas State and UNLV. TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos allowed four hits in seven innings, Mitch Garver homered and the Minnesota Twins shut out the Toronto Blue Jays for the second straight night, 3-0. Berríos won a career-best fifth consecutive start as the AL Central-leading Twins won for the eighth time in 11 games and moved a season-high 10 games over .500. Trevor Hildenberger and Trevor May worked the eighth, and Taylor Rogers pitched the ninth to complete the six-hitter and earn his fourth save. COUNCIL BLUFFS – The NIACC women’s track and field team placed fourth with 77 points the Region XI championships on Saturday and Sunday in Council Bluffs.Iowa Western was the women’s team champion with 249.66 points and Iowa Central was second with 180 points.NIACC won the 4×800-meter relay in a time of 10 minutes, 2.75 seconds. The Lady Trojans ran Cecelia Hemsworth, Ally Trager, Emma Davison and Ivy Rollene.The Lady Trojans also crowned a regional champion in freshman Kasey Parish with a toss of 37.16 meters. NIACC’s Caitlin Serle was second in the javelin (31.31 meters) and Lexi Jones was fourth (28.31 meters).Also for the NIACC women, Davison was third in the 1,500 in a time of 5:01.90.In the 400 hurdles, Trager was third in a time of 1:10.57 and Jilian Heitland was fourth in 1:21.13.In the discus, NIACC’s Dasiah Tatum was fourth (34.97 meters). CEDAR RAPIDS — The pairings have been set for the Region XI-B softball tournament this weekend in Cedar Rapids. The third-seed NIACC will face sixth-seed Iowa Lakes on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament, with second-seed Kirkwood facing seventh-seed Ellsworth. 20th-ranked NIACC won all four regular season games against Iowa Lakes this season, winning 9-5 and 15-9 on March 31st in Estherville, and 13-3 and 9-1 on April 14th in Mason City. The winner of the NJCAA Region XI-B tournament advances to district play and will face the Region XIII winner in a three-game series at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana on May 15-16.