Cruise of the Year 2011 Special Award Goes to Fuji Maru
Japan Oceangoing Passenger Ship Association recognise efforts by Fuji Maru in stricken areas
The award ceremony was held at the Kaiun Building on Wednesday, December 14. A memento was given to executives from MOL, which planned the cruise aimed at supporting the afflicted communities, and Fuji Maru Captain Keiji Kan and crew members.
Messages from residents of the disaster-stricken areas, who visited the ship for meals, rest, and baths, were on display at the ceremony. Comments from the guests included “Great program,” and “What a moving story.”
The support cruise by the Fuji Maru called at Ofunato, Kamaishi, and Miyako ports for a week from Monday, April 11 to Sunday April 17. At each port, local citizens came on board the ship and enjoyed freshly prepared meals, a large Japanese-style bath, and rest in private passenger cabins. A total of 4,451 people visited the ship during its calls.
“We once again express our appreciation to everyone involved at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Iwate Prefecture, and municipalities that made efforts to sailing for support at the disaster-stricken areas by Fuji Maru under such difficult conditions immediately after the earthquake,”
One of the comments from a visitor to the ship said: “I can hang tough in these difficult times by dreaming of someday boarding the Fuji Maru and taking a trip.”
“Comments like this from those afflicted by this disaster will inspire us to further refine the “heartful hospitality”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
MOL is one of the world’s largest multi-modal transport companies, operating 861 vessels and employing a workforce in excess of 9,200 worldwide. MOL operates one of the largest and most diverse networks of liner and logistics services around the globe, including weekly Transpacific, Transatlantic, Americas and Asia-Europe services. Please visit the company’s website at www.MOLpower.com.
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