|The Natchan World catamaran car ferry was launched from the Incat Shipyard in Hobart, Tasmania, on 18 February 2008. The vessel is the second ferry constructed by Incat Tasmania for owner Toyo Shipping Line Co Ltd and operator Higashi Nihon Ferry. |
The ship was delivered on 18 April 2008 following extensive sea trails in Prince of Wales Bay. Her sister ship, the Natchan Rera, was delivered in August 2007. The two ferries will now operate together on the car ferry service across the Tsugaru Strait between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. The catamaran design was chosen because the loaded draught of 3.83m will allow the vessel to operate in the shallow ports and waters encountered on the route.