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MHI LAUNCHES ENERGY-EFFICIENT FERRY

MHI LAUNCHES ENERGY-EFFICIENT FERRY

Friday, May 14, 2021 

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has held a christening and launch ceremony for the first of two large ferries being built for Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT) and Meimon Taiyo Ferry Co.

The ceremony took place at the Enoura Plant at MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The handover is scheduled for December 2021 following completion of interior work and sea trials. The new vessel will replace the Ferry Kyoto II, in operation since 2002, and enter service from December 2021 on a regular route between Osaka and Shinmoji in Kitakyushu.

The new vessel, named Ferry Kyoto, is 195m long, 27.8m wide, and 20.3m deep, with gross tonnage of approximately 15,400. The largest ship ever operated by Meimon Taiyo Ferry, the vessel has passenger capacity for 675 persons, and vehicle capacity for approximately 162 12m trucks and 140 passenger cars.

The propulsion plant utilises a hybrid-type azimuth propulsion assist method, which combined with an air lubrication system achieves considerable energy efficiency (approximately 35% reduction in fuel consumption for carrying a large truck compared to existing vessels), and improved ship steering capabilities. In addition, along with lower CO2 emissions realised from energy efficiency, the adoption of a hybrid-type scrubber curbs atmospheric emissions of SOx, providing for environment-friendly operation.

Currently, shipping in Japan is undergoing a modal shift to marine transport from the standpoint of reducing CO2 emissions in land transport, a shortage of long-haul drivers, and working style reforms. Accordingly, demand is rising for ferries, ro-ros and larger vessels.

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