Mitsubishi Shipbuilding launches Ro-Pax for Taiheiyo Ferry
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has launched a new Ro-Pax vessel for Taiheiyo Ferry.
Kitakami will replace Teiheiyo’s vessel of the same name, one of three large ferries providing regular service between the ports of Nagoya, Sendai, and Tomakomai.
By eliminating the large shared cabin of the previous vessel, the new ship will ensure passenger privacy and offer enhanced comfort features.
Construction of the new ferry began on September 7, 2017. Featuring eight stories, the vessel is 192.5 metres in length, 27 metres wide and has a gross tonnage of approximately 14,000 tonnes.
The vessel’s decks, occupying the first through fifth stories, have capacity to hold 166 trucks and 146 passenger cars. The sixth and seventh stories are passenger floors with capacity to accommodate 535 persons, including cabins, a restaurant and a large public bath affording outside views.
Located on the uppermost eighth story is a bridge and space for the crew
After completion and delivery in January 2019, the new Ro-Pax will initially head to port in Nagoya.