VESSEL REVIEW | Nanashima – Pocket Ro-Pax for Japan

Nakajima-Kisen Co.’s new 775GT passenger/car ferry Nanashima has begun work on the Seto Inland Sea servicing the Nakajima Shoto Islands and Matsuyama (Mitsuhama Port).

The 55.13- by 13.0-metre Ro-Pax was built by the Naikai Zeosen Corporation at its Setoda Shipyard.

The ferry is a twin-engine, twin-screw type with a stern hull form typical to the area. Particular attention was paid improving the sea-keeping and propulsion performance.

Photo: Oshita

As is an increasingly common consideration in the country, the vessel is designed with the aged and disabled in mind, with the installation of an obstruction-free elevator on the port side which takes passengers directly from the car decks to the promenade deck.

Cargo vehicles can embark and disembark via the ramp doors at the bow and stern.

Nanashima’s service speed of 13.5 knots is achieved by a pair of Daihatsu 6DEM-23 diesels driving propellers.

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Type of vessel: Ro-Pax ferry
Builder: Naikai Zeosen Corporation (Setoda Shipyard), Japan
Owner: Nakajima-Kisen Co., Japan
Length: 55.13 metres
Beam: 13.0 metres
Depth: 9.1 metres
Scantling draught: 2.9 metres
Deadweight: 346 tonnes
GT: 765
Construction material: Steel
Main engine: 2 x Daihatsu 6DEM-23, each 1,235kW
Propulsion: 2 x propellers
Speed: 13.5 knots
Vehicle capacity:

7 x 12m trucks

1 x 8m truck

31 cars (with no trucks)

Passengers: 494
Crew: 6

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