Posted by: cruise2 | 29 May, 2011

Last Month’s News Maybe But A Little Story That Escaped Most People In This Business:

by thecruisepeople (London office)


The Cruise Ship Fuji Maru Leaves Tokyo on Her 2011 Earthquake Relief Mission, Saturday, 9th April

Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, 11th April 2011. MOL president Koichi Muto to-day announced that its ocean cruise ship Fuji Maru has started calling at three ports — Ofunato, Kamaishi and Miyako — to provide free day-use services such as meals, baths, and rest for victims of the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake. This is part of MOL’s activities to support relief efforts in disaster-stricken areas. Fuji Maru arrived at Ofunato port, her first destination, at 7:30 am,Monday, April 11, and began welcoming quake victims aboard at noon

Vessel in use: Fuji Maru


Monday, April 11
Ofunato (Nonoda area wharf)

Tuesday, April 12

Wednesday, April 13
Kamaishi (Suga area pier)

Thursday, April 14

Saturday, April 16
Miyako (Fujiwara area pier)

Sunday, April 17

Monday, April 18

People using the service

A total of 6,000 people  — about 2,000 people at each port (1,000 per day).

Details of services for quake victims

Provided meals featuring fresh vegetables

Provided baths in the large communal bathing facility

Use of guest rooms (showers are available)

Use of onboard public telephones, mobile phone battery chargers

Onboard cinema

MOL provided these services in cooperation with Iwate Prefecture, local governments, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Fuji Maru and the MOL Group cruise ship Nippon Maru have deep historical ties with the ports of Ofunato, Kamaishi, and Miyako. Both ships have called at those ports, 16 times in the past decade, and have always received a warm welcome from local citizens.

By providing day-use services to allow quake victims for some small respite from their recent struggles, MOL seeks to return, in some small way, the courtesy and support these communities have shown in the past. MOL is bearing the full cost of providing these services. The phrase “Odense, Fuji Maru” on the banner on the side of the ship means “Come and See the Fuji Maru” in the local dialect…

The main specifications of the cruise ship Fuji Maru follow:

Shipowner: Nippon Charter Cruise (MOL Group 50%, Shinnihonkai Ferry Group 50%)
Gross tonnage: 23,235 dwt
Length: 167m    Bream: 24m   Draught: 6.6m
No. of passengers (max.): 600

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