There are times in which a cruise ship injury lawyer is called to action following malfunctions aboard a vessel. While many liners try to maintain the highest safety standards onboard, there are times in which accidents happen, leading to serious injuries for both passengers and crewmembers. Many of these incidents are due to mechanical or equipment failure, and lines can be held accountable for any accidents that ensue from these errors. Improving vessel safety is a topic of concern for the industry, especially following the Costa Concordia tragedy. And as the cruise market continues to expands, one company is realizing it needs to take steps to improve its stake in the industry.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) is working on strengthening its cruise ship repair and conversion business. As the cruise industry expands in Asia, it has become increasingly important for cruise companies to offer more encompassing services to passengers and enhance their experience. Taking this into account, 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 vessels. The work will be performed at MHI’s Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works in Kanagawa Prefecture and is scheduled to be completed toward the end of January.
The repair and conversion work on the ships will consist of improving safety and passenger comfort. The Nippon Maru underwent a major conversion in 2010, but under the new orders, work on the Fuji Maru will take place from December 14 through 26 and improvements on the Nippon Maru will take place from January 15 through 27. For the Nippon Maru, work to enhance energy savings and overall passenger experience will also be performed, including installing LED lighting and upgrading galley facilities.
Both cruise 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. While it is not as large as some of the more contemporary vessels, at 23,235 gross tonnage (GT), 167 meters long and 24 meters wide, the vessel boasts 163 cabins, and is geared up to set sail on the high seas. The Nippon Maru went into operation in 1990 and though slightly smaller at 22,472 GT, 166.5 meters long and 24 meters wide, it boasts 202 cabins.
While there are several facilities in Japan that work on ship repair and conversion, MHI’s Yokohama Dockyard is the only one that services American and European cruise ships. In addition, MHI is the only domestic company that has built cruise ships for foreign cruise companies at its Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. The company plans on moving forward and expanding their services to cater to the growing cruise market.
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