MHI to Enhance Cruise Ship Repair and Conversion Business to Acc

MHI to Enhance Cruise Ship Repair and Conversion Business to Accommodate Cruise
Market Expansion in Asia 
- Orders Taken to Refurbish Nippon Maru and Fuji Maru - 
Tokyo, Dec 13, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI)
is taking steps to strengthen its cruise ship repair and conversion business.
Recently, along with swift expansion of the cruise market in Asia it has become
increasingly important for cruise companies, both Japanese and foreign, to
differentiate their services and enhance their responsiveness to customer
needs. Against this backdrop, MHI has received orders from Mitsui O.S.K.
Passenger Line, Ltd. (MOPAS) and Nippon Charter Cruise, Ltd. (NCC) for repair
and conversion work on the Nippon Maru and Fuji Maru, respectively. The work
will be performed at MHI's Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works in
Kanagawa Prefecture between mid-December and the end of January 2013. 
The repair and conversion work on the two ships will be carried out in line
with the medium- to long-range maintenance plans of MOPAS and NCC,
respectively, to ramp up ship safety and passenger comfort. Earlier, the
Yokohama Dockyard undertook a major conversion of the Nippon Maru in 2010.
Under the new orders, work on the Fuji Maru will take place from December 14
through 26 and on the Nippon Maru from January 15 through 27. In the latter
instance, besides periodical mandated inspection, work will also be performed
to boost energy savings and passenger service, including installation of LED
lighting and upgrading of galley facilities. 
Both ships were built at MHI's Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works. The
Fuji Maru, which went into service in 1989, was the first cruise ship
manufactured in Japan in the postwar era. The 23,235 gross tonnage (GT), 167m
(meter) long and 24m wide ship has 163 cabins. The Nippon Maru, the third ship
so named, went into operation in 1990; it has 202 cabins and features a 166.65m
long, 24m wide hull with 22,472 GT. 
Among facilities in Japan dedicated to ship repair and conversion, MHI's
Yokohama Dockyard is the only one with a track record of servicing American and
European cruise ships. MHI is also the sole domestic company that has built
cruise ships for foreign cruise companies, at its Nagasaki Shipyard &
Machinery Works. Leveraging its outstanding facilities, its staff of
experienced engineers and accumulated technological expertise, going forward
the company looks to establish a competitive and advantageous position in the
expanding market for repair and conversion of cruise ships. 
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion yen in fiscal 2011, the year ended March 31, 2012.
MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding,
power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures,
industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning
systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website at 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Hideo Ikuno
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