“Tsunami Lifeboat Guidelines” approval granted for the “TTS80” Floating Aluminum Tsunami Shelter
September 1, 2014
The “TTS80 Floating Aluminum Tsunami Shelter” developed by TSUNEISHI FACILITIES & CRAFT CO., LTD. (Head Office: 1471-8, Urasaki-cho, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima, Japan 720-0551. President/Representative Director: Jun Kambara) received approval in line with the “Tsunami Lifeboat Guidelines” for the TTS80 prototype on August 22, 2014 from the Shikoku Transport Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The “Tsunami Lifeboat Guidelines” were established to regulate the strength, stability, and functional requirements of onboard equipment, as well as test evaluation and operation methodologies of tsunami lifeboat shelters and other similar equipment designed to provide safe evacuation from tsunamis, even ones of the size which occurred immediately following the magnitude 9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.
■ Details: TTS80 Floating Aluminum Tsunami Shelter
•Material: Aluminum alloy
•Seating Capacity: 21
•Length Overall : 8.70 m
•Width Overall : 2.30 m
•Height Overall : 2.55 m
Main Features and Equipment:
•Search and Rescue Communication Equipment
•21 Seats with Seatbelts
•Emergency Food and Water (will sustain 21 people for seven days)
•Emergency Medical Equipment and Medicine, Etc.
■ Development History
We began development of the Floating Aluminum Tsunami Shelter (hereafter TTS80) after witnessing the unprecedented earthquake which struck eastern Japan on March 11, 2011 and resolved to never again permit such a tragic event to occur. The staff of both TSUNEISHI FACILITIES & CRAFT CO., LTD., which has a history of achievements in the manufacture and maintenance of aluminum vessels and FRP lifeboats, and TFC CO., LTD. has begun joint manufacture of the TTS80.
The awareness of earthquakes and tsunamis increased in many areas following March 11, 2011, and preparation of emergency food and equipment, clarification of emergency shelter locations, as well as the implementation of evacuation drills began to move forward. However, evacuation of the elderly, handicapped, and people without access to public transportation is a difficult prospect. In addition, there is also the issue of the coordinators who stay behind until the last minute to assist the evacuees. The TTS80 was developed to protect the life of those evacuees and coordinators.
■ Additional information from the Japanese Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure and Transport website:
Press release regarding the development of the “Tsunami Lifeboat Guidelines.”
Information regarding tsunami lifeboats.
■ About TSUNEISHI FACILITIES & CRAFT CO., LTD.
TSUNEISHI FACILITIES & CRAFT CO., LTD., was established in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture in December 2010. At the end of that same month, we took over the aluminum vessel construction and maintenance, general construction, and lifeboat businesses from TSUNEISHI HOLDINGS CORPORATION and began operations.
We cherish the connections between people, and our goal is to work in “harmony with nature” and be of service to all people through our business.
•Business: Aluminum (light alloy) Marine vessel building and Maintenance, Lifeboat maintenance, General construction industry.
•Established: December 2010.
•Location: (Head Office) 1471-8, Urasaki-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima, Japan 720-0551.
•Craft Factory: (Area) 2,982.09 m2
•Major Equipment: Hoist 49 m x 499 G/T, 30 t/15 t crane x 2, and Others.
•Marine vessel building activities: Passenger vessels, Fishery patrol vessels, etc.
■ About TFC CO., LTD.
TFC CO., LTD. is a shipbuilding company established in July 2011 by TSUNEISHI FACILITIES & CRAFT CO., LTD. with the purpose of assisting the reconstruction of areas affected by the tsunami through their business. Fifteen workers received training with durations ranging from six months to one year at TSUNEISHI FACILITIES & CRAFT CO., LTD. in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, and are currently employed in Iwate Prefecture working on the construction of vessels.
•Business: Aluminum (light alloy) Marine vessel building and Maintenance
•Established: July 2011
•Location: (Head Office), 11-14 Chuo-cho, Yamada-machi, Shimohei-gun, Iwate, Japan 028-1332
•Location: (Factory) 59 Daiichi Chiwari Osawa, Yamada-machi, Shimohei-gun, Iwate, Japan 028-1311
•Building Area: 660.73 m²
•Floor Area: 1F: 646.58 m², 2F: 59.75 m²
•Major Equipment: 10 t + 5 t Ceiling Crane x 1, 2.8 t Ceiling Crane x 1 and Others
•Marine vessel building activities: Fishing vessels, Passenger vessels
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Takafumi Sato
Craft Department, Technology Division
TSUNEISHI FACILITIES & CRAFT CO., LTD.