Belfast Telegraph

Newry firm to refurbish top Chinese cruise liner

By John Mulgrew

A Northern Ireland fit-out firm has landed a seven-figure deal to work on a top cruise ship in China.

Newry-based MJM Group has secured the contract with Star Cruises which will see the company - named Overall Business of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank back in May of this year - carry out its first drydock project in the country.

It will conduct work on 15 areas across five decks of the liner, including the renovation of restaurants, casinos and retail areas.

Gary Annett, MJM Group chief executive, said: "The cruise industry within China has been growing substantially with forecasts predicting that some seven to 10 million passengers will cruise from China by 2030.

"As a result, cruise companies are commissioning new ships and refurbishing existing liners for their Chinese customers, which is where the opportunities for MJM Group lie.

"We have been working hard to break into the Chinese market and are delighted to announce our first drydock contract in China, which is particularly opportune given that the UK-China Regional Leaders Summit was held in Belfast at the weekend.

"Northern Ireland has had a long maritime industry and MJM Group is proud to represent our industry within the Chinese marketplace."

Mr Annett added that the company is working to "a very tight time-frame with just 14 weeks from the awarding of the contract to handover".

Belfast Telegraph

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