SHIP export contracts signed by Japanese shipbuilders in the six months to September amounted to 85 vessels of 2.49 million gross tonnes (gt), according to the Japan Ship Exporters' Association (JSEA). Export contracts concluded in September were for 17 ships of 447,950 gt, showing no positive influences of the recent low-yen trend. The September orders were for 16 bulk carriers (425,050 gt) and an oil tanker (22,900 gt). Of the September orders, yen-denominated contracts accounted for 50 per cent and foreign currency-denominated contracts for 50 per cent. The April-September accumulated backlog amounted to seven cargo ships (87,850 gt), 64 bulk carriers (2.13 million gt), 12 oil tankers (264,920 gt) and two other ships of unspecified type or tonnage. Of that, yen-denominated contracts accounted for 40 per cent.