Mitsubishi launches second new ro-pax for Meimon Taiyo – ShipInsight
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, part of the Yokohama-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) group, last week hosted a christening and launching ceremony for the second of two large ferries being built for the Japan Construction, Transportation Agency and Technology (JRTT) and Meimon Taiyo Ferry. .
The ceremony took place at the MHI Shipyard and Machinery Enoura Factory in Shimonoseki. Handover is scheduled for March 2022 after completion of interior work and sea trials. The new vessel will replace the FERRY FUKUOKA II, in service since 2002, and will enter service from March 2022 on a regular line between Osaka and Shinmoji at Kitakyushu.
The new vessel is jointly owned by Meimon Taiyo Ferry and JRTT, an administrative agency incorporated to support the provision and maintenance of transportation facilities and other infrastructure based on Japan’s transportation policy. Appointed FERRY FUKUOKA, the new vessel is 195m long, 27.8m wide and 20.3m deep, with a gross tonnage of approximately 15,400. The largest vessel ever operated by Meimon Taiyo Ferry, the vessel has a capacity with 675 passengers and a vehicle capacity of around 162 12-meter trucks and 140 passenger cars.
The interior design concept is “the glow of a city by the bay”, evoking a modern waterfront. The large public space taking advantage of the large size of the ship, as well as a spacious restaurant, bathroom and lounge with stunning views, allow you to navigate comfortably. The space can also be used effectively to provide improved service, such as converting vehicle storage space to a passenger deck and eliminating Japanese-style passenger cabins to create cabins with beds.
The propulsion plant uses a hybrid-type azimuthal propulsion assist method, which, in combination with an air lubrication system, achieves considerable energy efficiency (approximately 35% reduction in fuel consumption for transport a large truck compared to existing ships) and improved steering capabilities. In addition, in addition to reduced CO2 emissions through energy efficiency, the adoption of a hybrid-type scrubber reduces SOx emissions to air, allowing environmentally friendly operation.
Currently, maritime transport in Japan is undergoing a modal shift to maritime transport from the point of view of the reduction of CO2 emissions in land transport, a shortage of long-haul drivers and reforms of the working style. As a result, demand is increasing for ferries and RORO ships and larger ships.