Passenger Transport

The oldest means of transportation for taking people on their travels is the ship. Today, cruise ships ply routes around Japan and all over the world, providing not just a means of travel but also a leisurely escape that allows people to “enjoy time and space,” as well as a means of travel. In addition, ferries have grown with the spread of car and truck transportation, and play key roles in Japan’s domestic logistics network. But like cruise ships, traveling by ferry also opens up new horizons in leisure-time activity, an element of the “Casual Cruise” concept.

Passenger Transport

Creating Relaxing Voyages with Heartfelt Hospitality

Cruise ships are used not only as a means of transportation, but also as a fun way to travel. The ship travels to its destination port while passengers experience the cuisine, watch a show, or just relax and enjoy the sea. Passengers can enjoy the entire cruise at their own pace.

Ferries are the liners that carry passengers, cars, trucks, and semitrailers all together. Generally, cars, trucks, and so on are accommodated in a space inside the hull, and they are loaded and unloaded using a rampway. The upper decks house guest rooms, a restaurant, and a large public bath, providing a comfortable space not only for passengers but also for truck drivers.

MOL Group ferries also play a vital role in the logistics business, transporting industrial raw materials, finished products, and foodstuffs by connecting important supply centers and markets with the largest sea and land transport network in Japan.

Hospitality and a Full Range of Facilities
for Enjoyment Onboard

The Nippon Maru is also equipped with a “Fin Stabilizer” anti-roll system to maximize passenger comfort throughout the voyage. In addition, tender boats, which not only serves as a landing craft and lifeboats, but also allows high mobility during port calls, adding a new dimension to cruises aboard the Nippon Maru.

Ferries Efficiently Transport
People and Cargo in Japan’s Coastal Waters
An example of a passenger cabin
An example of a passenger cabin
A New Era of LNG-fueled Ferries,
Friendly to Both People and the Environment
In 2023, Japan’s first LNG-fueled ferries, the Sunflower Kurenai and Sunflower Murasaki,
entered service. The vessels are the first ferries in Japan equipped with high-performance dual-fuel engines that can use both LNG and heavy oil as fuel. The use of LNG fuel is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 25%, SOx by 100%, and NOx by about 85%.

Generations of families can get together to enjoy a cruise trip. Under the concept of kizuna, or “bonding” with family members, the ferries are designed to allow passengers to experience a new category of travel, which we call the “Casual Cruise.”
‘Modal Shift’ Changes the Logistics Industry
The “Modal Shift” has been attracting a lot of attention lately. This refers to the concept of switching from truck transportation to more environmentally friendly modes of transportation such as ocean transport by coastal vessels and rail transportation. This represents an effective approach to environmental problems, which are becoming more serious every year.

MOL will fulfill its social responsibility as a shipping company by contributing to the Modal Shift, while working to swiftly introduce LNG-fueled vessels with lower environmental impact.