In the first such project in Japan, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has concluded a contract with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) covering the construction of two LNG-fueled ferries. They will be built at the Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works, with completions and deliveries between the end of 2022 and early 2023.
MOL group subsidiary Ferry Sunflower Limited based in Oita, will operate the vessels on its Osaka-Beppu route.
Each ferry will be about 199.9 meters long and 28.0 meters wide, with a gross tonnage of approximately 17,300 tonnes.
Capacity will be 763 passengers and around 136 trucks and 100 autos.
The main power plant will be a high-performance dual-fuel engine able to operate on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and A‐type heavy oil. They will deliver a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to existing vessels and virtually eliminate sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions.
Trucks capacity has been significantly increased compared to existing vessels, with an expanded drivers’ lounge and more area per passenger.
According to the shipbuilder, the ferries will meet the need for a modal shift in transportation and represent an evolution in casual cruising, with relaxed and open public spaces including an expanded bath and restaurant, and an atrium extending through three floors.