Interior outfitters, MJM Group whose 100,000 sq ft production facility is based in Newry has secured a seven figure contract with Star Cruises which will see the company carry out its first drydock project in China. Star Cruises is part of Genting Hong Kong a leading corporation principally engaged in cruise and cruise related operations along with leisure, entertainment and hospitality activities.

As part of the deal, the Newry based company will carry out a series of works in 15 separate areas across 5 decks of the Star Pisces which will include the transformation of casinos, restaurants and retail areas.

MJM containers prepare to ship for the January refit of Star Pisces
MJM containers prepare to ship for the January refit of Star Pisces

Speaking ahead of the works, MJM Group Chief Executive Mr Gary Annett comments: “The cruise industry within China has been growing substantially with forecasts predicting that some 7- 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.”

Star Pisces will drydock in Shenzhen for the nineteen-day refit which will commence on 8th January 2018.

“This project is working to a very tight timeframe with just 14 weeks from the awarding of the contract to handover,” explains Shauna O’Hare, Contracts Director for MJM Group.  “We have already manufactured various components in our factory in Newry which have been dispatched in containers to join the vessel for the refit to be completed by a team of over 85 MJM Group skilled workers.”

MJM Group is widely regarded as the world’s leading cruise ship fit-out company and has worked with some of the largest cruise companies in the world including Genting Hong Kong which owns Star Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

“MJM Group has recently completed a refit onboard Crystal Symphony on behalf of Crystal Cruises which has proven very successful,” adds Mr Annett. “Our drydock contract in China with Star Cruises, which is the leading cruise line in Asia-Pacific, marks a significant and very exciting milestone in the MJM Group story. We are the world leader in marine interior fit-outs throughout the rest of the world and our aim is to expand this reputation to include Asia.  As an emerging market for the cruise industry, China holds untold potential which MJM Group wants to explore.  Star Pisces represents the start of a new chapter in the ongoing success of MJM Group.”