Kochi Marutaka Co., Ltd.

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Kochi Marutaka Co., Ltd. Our company developed the Tsunami Evacuation Shelter in response to the 2004 earthquake in the Indian Ocean off Sumatra, with the idea of providing a safe place where survivors could ’float while waiting for rescue’ when a tsunami caused by the predicted Nankai Trough Earthquake strikes. It was developed in cooperation with Professor Akira Yokokawa of Kochi University of Technology. Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) was chosen as the main material for the shelter due to its strength and flexibility, which allows it to be processed into a curved shape. A highly buoyant material is placed between two sheets of FRP to form a panel of three layers.
The shelter is round to avoid injuring people or damaging objects it comes into contact with. It also has the ability to turn upright by itself after being toppled sideways. The sixth and latest version of the floating shelter offers improved comfort and can be used as a boat when mounted with an outboard motor. We will continue to listen to our customers to make further improvements in the future.
Our mission as a construction company is two-fold: to work for a post-disaster recovery by enabling the safe and rapid reconstruction of damaged roads and bridges, while making tsunami rescue shelters and tsunami evacuation towers prior to a disaster.