Miraejet named its Damen Fast Ferry 4010 JET MV Nina at an official launching ceremony held at the Busan International Ferry Terminal in the Republic of Korea last month.
Nina was named after one of the ships deployed on Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the West Indies.
The order for the 440-passenger Damen Fast Ferry 4010 JET was fulfilled in just four months. Miraejet, a well-known ferry company in Korea, will operate the new vessel between Busan and Tsushima island, Japan, a very popular tourist destination. The ferry has been outfitted with a modern, fresh interior, providing high comfort levels for both passengers and crew.
Miraejet Chief Executive Officer Michelle Hwang said: “We were looking for a more efficient vessel compared to our existing monohull hydrofoil in terms of fuel consumption, but any new vessel should not compromise safety and comfort levels.
“We considered several shipbuilders and also second-hand vessels. We chose Damen because it could provide us with an economically efficient vessel, which actually cuts fuel consumption in half and at the same time, enables us to double our passenger capacity.”
The Damen Fast Ferry 4010 is compact at only 40m and yet it has a capacity for 440 passengers and 10 crew.
A swift delivery was also crucial, Mrs Hwang stressed. Damen could supply the Fast Ferry in under six months, compared to an 18-month to two-year delivery period at other yards.
The company had received good feedback from other operators of Damen fast ferries in the local market, she added.
“As this is the sixth vessel Damen has delivered to South Korea, we had a pretty good idea about the advantages of the vessel and all the operators here seem quite satisfied.”
The after-sales service has also impressed Miraejet Co. Ltd. “The attention to detail of the Damen maintenance programme is excellent and has really been above my expectations.”
Robert Luth, Damen Product Manager Fast Ferries, said: “The Damen Fast Ferry 4010 is fitted with twin MJP 650 waterjets, enabling the vessel to have a speed of up to 34 knots. With two MTU 16V4000 main engines with a 1A rating, it only needs to be overhauled every 24,000 hours. This leads to a substantial reduction in maintenance costs when compared to other fast ferries.”
This type of vessel can be delivered with either waterjets or controllable pitch propellers, depending on customer needs and requirements.
“Additionally, we customised this vessel with extra fendering in the bow section to protect it against the low quays that are used for mooring in Tsushima,” Mr Luth added. A cargo room was also added to the upper deck.
Six fast ferries have been delivered to South Korea since 2011 – four Fast Ferry 4212 and another Fast Ferry 4010.
Damen’s speculative shipbuilding programme and high degree of standardisation means that several ferries are under construction, which facilitates short delivery times.