|At 20:00, unusual storm turbocharged by high tide attacked Shimonoseki, and disaster was repeated - but only OUTSIDE of our premises for this time. The roads and parking area around Kyokuyo - everywhere outside Kyokuyo in other words - went all submerged 4-50cm below water level. Unlike the previous case, however, the sea-water routes from the roads to our premises were completely shut off by the aforesaid doors and fences. Inside the doors, storm waves were attacking directly from the sea, but water-stopping gates worked efficiently to protect our office buildings which has remained intact. Also intact was our new all-weather blasting factory, which functioned as safe shelter for some important equipments.
Obviously, we could not be completely damage-free : the typhoon broke part of gate at repair dock and some walls of machinery factory to name some examples. Our damages however turned out to be minimal and more importantly, within our expectations. Considering huge impact of Shanshan, which killed 11 Japanese and 2 Koreans, injured more than 200 people, caused a train derailment and destroyed cranes at other shipyard, we believe we are entitled to announce that our new investments passed those severe field tests with excellent results, as this disaster did not affect our ship building schedule at all. On 18th morning, we started our operation as usual business day. [2006/10/28]