The vessel will inherit the name SALVIA MARU, replacing the second ship bearing the name that is currently operated by the client company Tokai Kisen.
Handover is scheduled for June 2020 upon completion of rigging work, after which the vessel will enter service on a regular route connecting Tokyo with the Tokyo Islands of Oshima, Toshima, Niijima, Shikineshima and Kouzushima, as well as for operating the "Tokyo Bay Night Cruise" during the summer season.
The new SALVIA MARU is a joint construction project of the Yokohama-based Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT) and Tokai Kisen.
The ship is 118 m long and 17 m wide, with gross tonnage of approximately 6.2k tonnes. It has a prescribed capacity of 1,343 passengers and carrying capacity of 38 cargo containers, and is able to cruise at a speed of around 20 knots. The propulsion system comprises variable pitch propellers and azimuth propellers with 360-degree horizontal rotation. As an eco-friendly ship, the SALVIA MARU offers stable operation and improved energy efficiency, as well as a reduced environmental load and barrier-free accessibility.
It has been designed with "connections" as the chosen theme, alluding to the idea of sea voyages linking not only people, cities and the mainland with islands but also the past with the future. A distinctive feature of the ship is the azure-colored hull, evoking the shade of island seas.