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Thursday, November 28, 2019 

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has held a christening and launch ceremony for a cargo-passenger ship currently under construction for Tokai Kisen Co.

The new vessel will inherit the name Salvia Maru, replacing the second ship bearing the name that is currently operated by the company. Completion is scheduled for June 2020 when the vessel will enter service on a regular route connecting Tokyo with the Tokyo Islands of Oshima, Toshima, Niijima, Shikineshima, and Kouzushima, as well as for operating the 'Tokyo Bay Night Cruise' during the summer season.

The new Salvia Maru is a joint construction project of the Yokohama-based Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT), an Incorporated Administrative Agency to support the provision and maintenance of transport facilities and other infrastructure based on Japan's transport policy. The vessel is jointly owned by JRTT and Tokai Kisen, built by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding in accordance with a three-party contract with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, and will be operated by Tokai Kisen. Salvia Maru is 118m long and 17m wide, of about 6,200gt, with capacity for 1,343 passengers and 38 cargo containers, and is able to cruise at a speed of around 20 knots.

The propulsion system comprises CP propellers and azimuth thrusters with 360-degree horizontal rotation. As an eco-friendly ship, the Salvia Maru offers stable operation and improved energy efficiency, as well as a reduced environmental load and barrier-free accessibility.

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