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RENAMED “FUJI” 29th Jan. 2019

Dec. 2013 Former Fuji Maru of Nippon Charter Cruise Ltd. - Subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Passenger Line Ltd. - Japan  sold to Mira Cruises - Care of Mitsubishi Logistics Corp. -  Panama (since july 16-2014)

Laid-Up - since 11/12/2013 as cruiseship.In 2016 2017 she was chartered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as an accommodation ship for overseas workers involved in the fitting out of the overdue cruise ships AIDAprima and AIDAperla.

Sailed 30th January from Tsuneishi Hiroshima for Ningde, China, under the Sierre Leone flag. Sold for scrap

Registered Owner: KaKuta Co. Ltd. -  Japan

Entered service: 1989 - Gross tonnage: 23.235 -  Pass. cap. based on two: 328 - All berths: 603 - Passenger decks: 8 - Length: 167 m. - Beam: 24 m. - Propulsion: 2 single acting 8 cyl. diesel engines - Make: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries type: 8UEC52LA - Installed power: 7.870 kW. each - Service Speed: 18 knots - Max. Speed: 22.4 knots - Built at : Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works - Japan - Yard no. 1177 - Classification: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai - Flag: Panama since 12-2013

Former name: Fuji Maru

  Passenger space ratio all berths: 38.53
Ship History: (provided by Mr. Alan Dumelow <cruise.associates@outlook.com>

Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Kobe shipyard and launched on 10th September 1988, she was (although classed as Mitsui-OSK’s cruise ship) badly designed as such and was often more-aptly described as a multi-purpose passenger ship, able to host conferences and exhibitions.
Fuji Maru was economically unsuccessful as a cruise ship and, as a result, spent a lot of her time chartered out to municipalities, companies and organizations for other uses. She was also widely used as a student ship for the “Youth of the World” project (sponsored by the Japanese Cabinet Office) and the “South East Asian Youth” project.
And in April 2011, following the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, Mitsui-OSK deployed her as a sanctuary at Ofunato, Kamaishi and Miyako, to provide free day-use services such as meals, baths, and rest for the victims.
After her sale to Mira Cruises, she sat idle until 2016, when she was chartered by her builders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as an accommodation ship for overseas workers involved in the long-delayed fitting out of Aida’s cruise ship AIDAprima and AIDAperla.
Having been deeply involved in a project to acquire and convert Mira-1(on behalf of a client) I can confirm that the biggest problem (which is probably why she never sold) was that, for a 23,340 GT ship, she only had 164 staterooms, and all built into the superstructure, none in the hull – which didn’t lend itself to easy conversion (for additional staterooms) due to its bad design layout.
I also got to know the owner (Takashi Okaji) very well. He was/is a true gentleman and scholar and I wish him well in his retirement

All images as Fuji Maru







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