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Incorporating Clean Shipping International


Friday, September 21, 2018 

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines new 13,659gt ferry Sunflower Kirishima, which is operated by MOL subsidiary Ferry Sunflower, has departed on its inaugural voyage from the Nanko Sunflower Terminal at the Port of Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture.

With room for 20% more lane metres than the vessel it has replaced, also called Sunflower Kirishima, the new vessel and its sister ferry, Sunflower Satsuma, which was launched on May 15, have been designed to facilitate a modal shift from road haulage to sea driven by the need to reduce environmental impact.

The new Sunflower Kirishima also offers significantly upgraded passenger services, with the aim of enhancing passenger comfort. The number of private cabins, which have showers, vanity spaces and toilets, has sharply increased. The new ferry also has a large and open entrance lobby featuring a three-floor atrium, along with a spacious restaurant and scenic public baths, as well as suite rooms.

Ferry Sunflower aims to promote casual cruises that offer “excitement and anticipation” of a first-time experience to customers spanning a broad range of age groups.

The 709-passenger capacity vessel has a gross tonnage of 13,659, a 192m length and 6.8m draught. Two 8,830kW engines provide a service speed of 23kts. The vessel can accommodate 121 large trucks and 134 cars.

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