Barge-Mounted Nine-Story Hotel Proposed By NKK

A Japanese shipbuilder has unveiled a concept for constructing a nine-story, first-class hotel on a barge that could then be towed to any coastal area in the world. Nippon Kokan (NKK) reports it has solved all of the technical problems involved in the construction of the floating hotel, and has already completed a design model to use in worldwide marketing. The movable hotel, weighing some 15,000 tons, involves a special barge that forms the foundation for the 360-room hotel, which also incorporates three conference rooms, public areas, restaurant and entertainment areas, and outdoor swimming pool.

A spokesman for NKK America Inc. in New York said that inquiries have already been received, especially from developing countries where shortages of land, skilled workers, equipment, and material make first-class hotel construction difficult.

The idea for the barge-mounted "export" hotel has been under study for two years by NKK and Tokyu Construction Company. According to NKK, construction at one of the company's shipyards insures high quality and labor skill, and the barge technology is already developed to permit towing of the structure to its final destination at a speed of five knots. A further benefit, NKK notes, is that the hotel could be moved to different locations to accommodate special expositions or summer and winter resort areas.

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