Response of MHI and its Group Companies to the Great East Japan Earthquake(First report)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) extends its deepest sympathies to the many victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that caused incalculable loss of lives and property throughout eastern Japan on March 11.
We sincerely pray for the safety of all those affected by the disaster and for recovery of all regions as quickly as possible.

    News / What's New

    Status of MHI Production Bases, Etc.

    as of June 1, 2011

    No major production bases in the MHI Group sustained significant damage as a direct consequence of the disaster, and all facilities are currently operating normally. Although some difficulty is being experienced in securing necessary parts and other supplies, we are checking suppliers’ situation and making every effort to obtain the needed items.
    Based on the results of environmental radiation monitoring data issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on May 30, the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan has confirmed that the levels of radiation detected in the regions MHI’s various production bases located are not of a degree that would adversely affect people’s health. The company will continue to pay close attention to successive monitoring results and other relevant information issued by related authorities and institutions, in order to ensure that customers can continue to use our products in full confidence of their safety.

    As a whole, we expect that impact of supply condition on production at these plants will be minimal.
    Concerning our factories serviced by TEPCO -specifically, the Kanazawa and Honmoku plants of the Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works, and the Sagamihara Machinery Works- as well as the Mitsubishijuko Yokohama Bldg. and our Head Office Building in Shinagawa, we foresee some degree of impact on our operations this summer as measures will be implemented to conserve energy usage. Further information regarding this matter will be posted on this website when available.

    MHI's Response to the Disaster

    MHI Group relief support activities as of April 27 are as follows.

    Customer support measures

    Support to electric power companies

    • Transport of personnel and materials by company helicopters immediately after the disaster
    • Dispatch equivalent to approx. 5,000 man-days (as of April 25) to thermal power plants operated by TEPCO and Tohoku Electric, now supporting efforts to recover power supply capacities
    • Production now being strengthened toward early delivery of power generating equipment, such as gas turbines, industrial power generating equipment, at the company's production bases (Takasago Machinery Works, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works, Sagamihara Machinery Works)
    • Free loan of 5 electric vehicles for business use at electric power companies

    Support to Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant

    • Conversion work at Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works on "Mega-Float" provided to TEPCO by Shizuoka City to store large volume of water pooling at the reactors
    • Response under way to provide 2 vehicles based on 15ton forklifts to handle rubble near the nuclear power plant
    • In response to requests from TEPCO, technological feasibility studies are in progress for treating contaminated water, shielding against radiation, prevention of spread of radioactive materials, etc.

    Other support activities

    • Support being provided toward early restart of waste treatment facilities in the disaster-affected municipalities; also responding to inquiries from affected municipalities, etc. regarding simple incinerators (widely used after Great Hanshin Earthquake)
    • Response under way toward restoring social infrastructure, such as bridges, mechanical parking facilities, electronic toll collection systems, in the disaster-affected area
    • Supporting affected customers to restore machine tools (300 personnel) and air-conditioning (400 personnel); product support system has been established

    Relief support to disaster area

    Relief assistance and fund-raising campaigns

    • MHI Group to provide relief assistance equivalent to approx. 500 million yen.
      ・ Total includes monetary aid and emergency supplies (for daily needs, etc.)
    • Relief fund-raising campaigns under way at the Head Office and all company works. Approx. 45 million yen has been collected and company plans to provide a matching amount, which makes total value equivalent to 100 million yen.

    Support of medical activities

    • Medical supplies transported to Fukushima region using company aircraft
      ・ Approx. 500kg (arranged through Nagoya Medical Association)
      ・ Two flights on March 19 (Nagoya Airfield to Fukushima Airport)
    • Dispatch of doctors and nurses from company medical facilities (Mitsubishi Hospitals), at request of Japan Medical Association et al.

    :1 nurse assigned to Kesennuma City (Miyagi Pref.) Mar 31 to Apr 5
    :1 doctor assigned to Fukushima Pref. starting Mar 24
     5 additional doctors registered for dispatch
     2 nurses to be assigned to Ishinomaki City (Miyagi Pref.) in May
    :2 doctors to be assigned near Iwaki City (Fukushima Pref.) in May
    • Cooperation in receiving patients at company medical facilities (Mitsubishi Hospitals)
      Notification of acceptance at 5 company hospitals (Nagasaki, Kobe, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Mihara) sent to Japan Medical Association

    Provision of company facilities for disaster victims

    • Registration at municipalities of company facilities available to accepting victims
      Company housing: 179 households (11 locations)
      Dormitories: 328 persons (5 locations)
      Recreational facilities: 285 persons (2 locations)

    "Support Tohoku" project at company dining rooms (with Dia Food Service Co., Ltd.)

    • Menu featuring foods and alcoholic beverages (night shift) from the disaster areas, now victim to fear mongering
      ・ From May 9, approx. 1,000 meals provided at the head offices in Shinagawa and Yokohama, employee dorm dining halls, etc.
      ・ Progressive expansion to company works, etc. nationwide
    • 10% of alcoholic beverage sales to be allocated to relief fund
    • Display and sale of local specialty products of the disaster areas

    Dispatch of employee volunteers

    • Approx. 100 employees dispatched as volunteers from Tokyo area (Head Office, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works, Sagamihara Machinery Works)
    • Dispatch of employee volunteers from additional regions according to need

    Energy Conservation Measures for Summer Peak Season

    Toward reducing peak power consumption by 25% vs. 2010, the following energy conservation measures are planned in addition to those already in progress.(Shinagawa and Yokohama Head Office buildings, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works, Sagamihara Machinery Works)
    (1)Expanded operation of stand-alone power generators at Shinagawa Head Office, Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works and Sagamihara Machinery Works
    (2)Launch in both July and August of holiday periods of 10 days or longer.