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Monday, August 5, 2019 

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has held a launch ceremony for a ferry currently under construction for Hankyu Ferry, based in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka.

The new vessel, named Settsu, will replace the elderly Yamato, one of four large ferries operated by the company. After fitting out is completed, Settsu is scheduled to be delivered in February 2020 and enter service on the Shinmoji-Kobe route.

Settsu is 195m long, 29.6m wide, 20.6m deep, and has a draught of 6.7m and tonnage of about 16,300gt. The ferry has a capacity of 663 passengers, 277 trucks (max. length: 8.5m) and 188 passenger cars. Cargo handling facilities consist of two side ramps and doors and another ramp and door at the stern.

About 6% increase in energy efficiency has been achieved compared to earlier vessels, due mainly to the adoption of a new, optimal hull type. The Settsu is fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system in order to satisfy new regulations slated to go into effect in all marine areas from 2020.

Going forward, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding says it intends to continue constructing passenger ships, cargo carriers and transport vessels that offer high capacity, comfort, fuel efficiency and environmental performance as its contribution to marine transport and environmental protection.

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