Naming and launching ceremony for the super high speed ship (Techno Super Liner) for Ogasawara line was made in November 13, 2004 at the Tamano Works of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES with president Mr. Motoyama) in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture.
Mrs. Noriko Ishihara, wife of Tokyo Metropolitan governor Mr. Shintaro Ishihara named the ship "Super Liner Ogasawara" and cut the supporting rope to be beautifully launched to the sea.
This super high speed ship, Techno Super Liner (TSL) has been developed with the essence of shipbuilding technology of Japan since 1989 as a next generation ship, and later was designated as a Millennium project and in January 2003 its shipbuilding contract was signed between the owning company Techno-Seaways Co., Ltd. and MES.
This TSL type ship has light weight aluminum alloy twin hull, and is installed with 2 gas turbines and 2 water jet machineries for propulsion, and 4 lifting machineries and 8 lifting fans for hovering over the water, which produce a high speed navigation as speedy as 72 km/h or about 39 knots. This aluminum alloy TSL (Techno Super Liner) ship is the world biggest type of its kind to be actually put into service.
Techno-Seaways, the owning company of the ship, was established in June 2002 as a consortium jointly participated by Development Bank of Japan, major shipbuilding companies and major shipping companies to own and manage the operation of TSL.
Ogasawara Kaiun Co., Ltd., the operator of the ship, has a long experience in operating ships between Tokyo and Ogasawara in safety and is enjoying a high reputation for its reliability.
The ship, after this launching, will still be in Tamano Works for interior work and installation of various machinery and equipment until its completion in 2005. When this ship starts operational service, it will shorten the present Tokyo - Ogasawara navigation time (25 hours = a bit over one full day) into 16 - 17 hours and will increase annual number of service greatly, which will contribute to the enhancement of the local infrastructure and the convenience of the tourist visiting the Ogasawara islands.
The Tamano Works of MES was authorized first in Japan as the manufacturing yard of aluminum ship in June 2003 by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and which authorization contributes greatly to the construction of the TSL.
Full support was given for the construction and operation of TSL by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and by Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology (JRTT) and Nippon Foundation for the development of TSL.