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EAST JAPAN

Long haul ferries which ply between Hokkaido and Honshu

Shin Nihonkai Ferry

Otaru-Niigata (692km)
Lavender (14,125gt)/Azalea (14,125gt)

Otaru-Maizuru (1,061km)
Akashia (16,810gt)/Hamanasu (16,810gt)

Tomakomai Higashi-ko (East Port)-Akita-Niigata-Tsuruga (1,074km)
Lilac (18,225gt)/Yuukari (18,229gt)

Tomakomai Higashi-ko (East Port)-Tsuruga (948km)
Suisen (17,382gt)/Suzuran (17,382gt)

Shin Nihonkai Ferry
Venus Travel
Authent Hotel Otaru

Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry)

Tomakomai Nishi-ko (West Port)-Oarai (758km)
Sunflower Sapporo (13,816gt)/Sunflower Furano (13,816gt)
Sunflower Shiretoko (11,410gt)/Sunflower Daisetsu (11,401gt)

Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry)
Shosen Mitsui (Mitsui O.S.K. Lnes)
Casual Cruise Asia

Taiheiyo Ferry

Tomakomai Nishi-ko (West Port)-Sendai-Nagoya (1,330km)
Ishikari (15,762gt)/Kiso (15,795gt)/Kitakami (13,937gt)

Taiheiyo Ferry
Taiheiyo Ferry
Nagoya Tetsudo (Nagoya Railroad)

Information

Taiheiyo Ferry began to offer Wi-Fi service on the Kiso on trial on June 27, 2014.

On March 10, 2015, K Line Kinkai (Silver Ferry, Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen) announced that it's begun studying the opening the Miyako (Iwate prefecture)-Muroran (Hokkaido) route (326km) in the spring of 2018.

Taiheiyo Ferry announced it will offer Wi-Fi service aboard the Ishikari and the Kitakami from April 2015.

Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry) will build two new car ferries at Japan Marine United Corporation's Isogo Works (Yokohama). The Sunflower Sapporo and the Sunflower Furano, which ply between Oarai and Tomakomai, will be replaced in the first half of 2017.

Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry) announced that its Sunflower Daisetsui (11,401gt) will reassume the service on the Tomakomai-Oarai route on February 3.

On March 7, 2016, K Line Kinkai (Silver Ferry, Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen) made an official decision that it will open the Miyako-Muroran route (326km) in June 2018 with the Silver Queen (7,005gt).

Shin Nihonkai Ferry will build two car ferries at MHI Shimonoseki shipyard. The Ferry Azalea and the Ferry Shirakaba will be replaced.

Shin Nihonkai Ferry will launch a new ferry on the Otaru-Niigata route in March 2017. GT: about 14,400gt; LOA: 197.5m; Beam 26.6m; Pass: 600; Truck: 150; Car: 22; Main Engines: 11,000KW×2. The new ferry is being built at MHI Shimonoseki shipyard, and due to take the water on September 6, 2016.

Shin Nihonkai Ferry's new ship "Lavender" took the water at MHI Shimonoseki shipyard on September 6, 2016.

Shin Nihonkai Ferry's Azalea will take the water at MHI Shimonoseki shipyard on January 12, 2017, and enter service on the Otaru-Niigata route on June 28, 2017.

On October 21, 2016, Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry) announced that it will launch the Sunflower Furano and the Sunflower Sapporo (about 14,000gt, LOA: 199.7m, Beam: 27.2m; Sea speed: 24knot; Pass: 590; Truck: about 160; Car: about 100) on the Tomakomai-Oarai route in May and August 2017 respectively. They are being built at Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU)'s Isogo Works in Yokohama.

Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry) introduced Almex's automatic check-in system on December 5, 2016.

Shin Nihonkai Ferry will decrease the capacity of the Yuukari and the Lilac from 892 to 846 passengers on February 1, and February 27, 2017 respectively.

Shin Nihonkai Ferry's Lavender entered service on the Otaru-Niigata route on March 9, 2017.

Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry)'s Sunflower Furano (ex-Hestia) was renamed Golden Pearl 3, and left for Indonesia in May, 2017.

On May 13, 2017, Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry)'s Sunflower Furano (II, 13,816gt) entered service on the Tomakomai-Oarai route. Her sister, Sunflower Sapporo (II) is set to enter service on August 28, 2017.

On May 29, 2017, Taiheiyo Ferry ordered a 14,000gt car ferry from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works. She will replace the Kitakami (13,937gt, 1989) and set to be completed in January 2019.

On September 22, 2017, Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry) announced that the Sunflower Sapporo will enter service on the Tomakomai-Oarai route on October 24, 2017.

On October 13, 2017, Japan Marine United delivered the Sunflower Sapporo (13,816gt) to Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry). She entered service on the Tomakomai-Oarai route on October 25, 2017.

On November 9, 2017, Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry) announced that "new defects were confirmed on propulsion systems" of the Sunflower Sapporo, which has been docked at the JMU Isogo shipyard since October 27, and she will be out of service until January 31. 2018.