Ferry Sunflower Sapporo
Over 1.1 million passengers use MOL Group ferries every year. Restaurants, baths, amusement facilities, and viewing decks make ferry travel a pleasure, offering a level of relaxation unmatched by any other mode of transportation.
New Ferry Sunflower (Artist's rendition)
In September and November of 2015, two new large-scale vessels, the Ferry Osaka II and the Ferry Kitakyushu II (Meimon Taiyo Ferry Co., Ltd.) were launched on the Shin-moji (Kita-kyushu City)-Osaka route. Two additional large-scale ferries are scheduled for launching on each of the Oarai (Ibaraki Prefecture)-Tomakomai (Hokkaido) route and Shibushi (Kagoshima Prefecture)-Osaka route. These new ferries are designed to bring a new level of refinement to ferry travel, with more private rooms and a host of other upgrades.
Ferries are especially well-suited for transporting large volumes of goods over long distances, and play an indispensable role in linking Japan's major markets and transporting industrial raw materials and products, foodstuffs, and more. We continue to strengthen our service network covering the area from Tomakomai (Hokkaido) in the north, to Shibushi(Kagoshima) in the south. The role of our ferry and coastal RoRo ship businesses is gaining importance with Japan's modal shift in transportation as a driving force toward energy efficiency and environmental protection.