Japan’s Mitsubishi Shipbuilding today held a christening and launch ceremony for the second of two ferries ordered by Hankyu Ferry Co, Ltd.
Named Yamato, it is set for delivery in June 2020 after completion of outfitting and will join sister ship Settsu, christened and launched last August, on the owner’s Shinmoji-Kobe route.
Today’s well-attended ceremony was held at the Enoura Plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
The Yamato, like its sister ship, is 195 meters long, 29.6 meters wide, 20.6 meters deep, and has a draft of 6.7 meters and a gross tonnage of approximately 16,300 tons.
The ferry can carry 663 passengers, approximately 277 trucks (max. length: 8.5 meters) and roughly 188 passenger cars. Cargo handling facilities consist of two side ramp/doors and a further stern ramp/door at the stern.
A roughly 6% increase in energy efficiency has been achieved compared to earlier vessels, due mainly to the adoption of a new, optimal hull type.
The Yamato is equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber) to control emissions of SOx in line with IMO 2020 regulations.