On 30 September 2019, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Yokohama, has received orders for two large high-speed ferries from Shin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd. The vessels will be built at the Tategami Main Plant of MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and planned for completion and delivery in 2021.
The two new ferries will be 222.5 m long, 25 m wide, 20.4 m deep, with a draft of 7.4m and of approximately 15,400 GT. Each vessel features capacity of 268 passengers, 154 trucks (12 m in length) and 30 passenger cars approximately. Both ships are equipped with atrium entrance of 3 stories high together with see-through elevator, attractive outdoor bathing facilities enabling passengers to enjoy the feeling of hot spring, and restaurant/barbecue area which would enhance their dining experience to enjoy marine views.
In respect of environmental contribution, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will improve energy efficiency by 6% compared to the running vessel, mainly due to the adoption of a new optimal hull type. The new ferries would be also outfitted with scrubbers, exhaust gas cleaning systems, for the 4 main engines and 3 electric generators, to control airborne emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx) in order to comply with the new regulation which is going into effect in all marine areas from 2020.