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Friday, January 10, 2020 

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, has held a christening and launch ceremony for the second of two ferries under construction for Hankyu Ferry.

The new vessel, named Yamato, will be handed over in June 2020 after completion of fitting out. Together with the simultaneously ordered Settsu, which was christened and launched last August, the Yamato will serve the company's Shinmoji-Kobe route.

Yamato, like sister ship Settsu, is 195m long, 29.6m wide, 20.6m deep, and has a draught of 6.7m and is about 16,300gt. The ferry has capacity for 663 passengers, about 277 trucks of length 8.5m, and 188 passenger cars. Cargo handling facilities consist of two side ramp/doors and another ramp/door at the stern.

An approximate 6% increase in energy efficiency has been achieved compared to earlier vessels, due mainly to the adoption of an optimised hull design. Yamato is fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber) to satisfy IMO global SOx regulations.

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