International Cruises, Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line


       Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line (商船三井客船) is a Japanese cruise line operated by the shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL). Established in 1884, it has operated cruise and liner services for more than a century. Currently it operates two small-sized cruise ships that offers voyages for the domestic market.

       Nippon Maru (にっぽん丸) is the third ship in the company that bears this name. It entered service in 1990 and received the most intensive refurbishment in 2010 in which the hull was changed from white to deep blue. The ship usually operates short, local cruises departed from various ports of Japan, such as Yokohama and Kobe, whereas world cruises and longer voyages to South Pacific or Southeast Asia are also organized.

       Slightly larger and older than her close sister Nippon Maru, Fuji Maru (ふじ丸) is a ship jointly owned by MOPAS and Nippon Charter Cruise. Most of the cruises of Fuji Maru are chartered by different travel agencies or private groups for incentive travel, so that the itineraries can be self-arranged and visit some small ports. Sometimes it sails on voyages for educational purposes that visit a number of Asian countries with exchange programmes.

Ship(s) in Operation



Nippon Maru

Fuji Maru

Entered Service

1990 September 20th

1989 April


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kobe (Japan)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kobe (Japan)

Original Cost

US$59.4 million

US$63.5 million


Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Gross Tonnage

22472 tons

23235 tons

Length x Beam x Draft

166.7 x 24.0 x 6.6 (m), 546.6 x 78.7 x 21.6 (ft)

167.0 x 24.0 x 6.6 (m), 547.8 x 78.7 x 21.6 (ft)


18 knots

18 knots

Passenger Decks



Number of Cabins (Inside/Oceanview/Balcony)

202 (0, 177, 25)

163 (0, 163, 0)

(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)

404 / 523

326 / 600

Passenger Space Ratio
(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)

55.62 / 42.97

71.27 / 38.73

Total Crew

210, Japanese / Filipino

190, Japanese / Filipino

Crew to Passenger Ratio
(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)

1.92 / 2.49

1.72 / 3.16

Navigation Officers



IMO Number, Call Sign

8817631, JNNU

8700474, JBTQ

Sister Ships




1990- : Nippon Maru (Mitusi O.S.K. Passenger Line)

1989- : Fuji Maru (Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line / Nippon Charter Cruise)

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