VIKAND Partners with Maritime Holdings Group to Provide Medical Services for the Restart of Peace Boat
VIKANDPartners with Maritime Holdings Group to Provide Medical Servicesfor the Restart of Peace Boat
Date: 16 March 2023Global healthcare specialist VIKAND is partnering with Maritime Holdings Group Inc (MHG) to provide medical services to Japan Grace, operator of Peace Boat ethical cruises aboard the vessel Pacific World.
Under this agreement, VIKAND will provide global healthcare support and medical guidance to the doctors and nurses onboard the Pacific World. VIKAND also setup and organised the onboard medical centre and is involved in reviewing crew Pre-Employment Medical Examinations, calibrating biomedical equipment, conducting a medical audit, checking and supplying formulary for crew and vetting onboard medical staff.
“Working with MHG on this project has been a great experience and we support Peace Boat’s ethical approach to cruising, which gives passengers a more meaningful understanding of the countries they visit,” said Peter Hult, CEO of VIKAND. “I’m also pleased to further expand our presence in the Asian market by partnering with Japan Grace. The Pacific World is the largest ship in Peace Boat’s 40-year history, and we are honoured to provide her crew with ongoing medical advice and support.”
Based in Tokyo, travel agent Japan Grace has operated Peace Boat’s global and regional cruises since 1995. These journeys offer passengers a series of unique programmes designed for more meaningful experiences at each port of call, such as homestays with local families, cultural exchange programmes, and even programmes built around the country's social, environmental and historic concerns.
“Choosing the right medical partner was important for the ongoing success of Peace Boat,” said Yoko Izutsu, Managing Director of Japan Grace. “VIKAND has extremely knowledgeable professional teams who all have seafaring experience, so they understand the unique issues around medical services at sea. We are confident that the policies and procedures they have implemented will ensure smooth operation of our onboard medical facility. VIKAND’s global experience was critical in our decision to partner with them, as they understand the diverse range of health issues that can affect different people in destinations worldwide.”
VIKAND providesmedical solutions and public health to the shipping, cruise, yachting, and offshore industries. Operating around the clock and around the world, we are committed to delivering best in class healthcare solutions through transparent, pro-active, and strong partnerships. We act as a partner for our customers, guiding them through the regulatory and safety challenges facing shipping, whilst delivering tangible benefits to achieve the highest level of care. Our holistic approach and detailed understanding of maritime healthcare needs is complemented with state-of-the-art technologies to inform our decision making..
ABOUT MARITIME HOLDINGS GROUP INC
The Maritime Holdings Group of Companies is a privately owned ISM certified management group with offices worldwide. The holdings group includes the following legally constituted companies which have been in business collectively since 1992: – Meridian Ships Managers Inc. (U.S.A.) – Seahawk Asia Ltd. (Hong Kong, SAR) – Seahawk Corporation Ltd. (Panama) – Marine Administrators Inc. (U.S.A.)
We are a multi-lingual management group, with broad knowledge in all areas of cruise liners, passenger ferries and other vessels’ operation, conversion and new building. The company is comprised of a multi-talented team of professionals experienced in all areas of operations and management of Cruise Vessels and Ro-Pax Ferries, who collectively can provide a range of services unavailable from any other single source.
Since 1995, Peace Boat’s global and regional cruises have been operated by travel agents Japan Grace Co., Ltd., with programs conducted by partner NGO Peace Boat.
A wide variety of optional tours are offered at each port of call, including unique programs such as homestays with local families and cultural exchange programs that offer a much more meaningful experience than regular sightseeing tours.
We also conduct programs dealing with social, environmental, and historic issues in some countries. Led by local experts, these programs provide firsthand experiences that have the power to change your concept of “travel” altogether.
The environment aboard our ship is ideal for bringing people together. With 40 years of experience conducting international exchange programs, NGO Peace Boat provides a wide variety of activities onboard. From peace building educational programs involving students from conflict areas to cultural lessons and even an onboard Montessori daycare center, our programs cater for those who want to learn more about the reality of the world we are traveling through.