MHI to enhance cruise ship repair and conversion business
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 said it 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.
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.