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The ship Etopirika
Etopirika is a ship that was built in accordance with the national government's Policy for the Implementation of Four-Island Exchanges and the Securement of a Successor Ship and that entered service in FY 2012. It has been used for the four-island exchange program.
|Ship name||Etopirika (chosen from entries from the public)|
|Gross tonnage||1,1,124 tons|
|Passenger capacity||84 people|
|Owner||Marine Adventure Co., Ltd.|
Origin of the ship name
The name Etopirika was chosen from 2,469 entries received from throughout the country.
The ship is named after the tufted puffin (etopirika), a seabird that lives in the waters of the Nemuro Peninsula and the four northern islands. This beautiful bird has an orange beak, cream-colored feathers sweeping down from its head, and a white face.
The reason for selection
- The beautiful tufted puffin, which freely travels between its home (the four northern islands) and and the other islands of Japan symbolizes mutual visits under the visa-free exchange program and free visits by former islanders. It was, therefore, considered suitable for the name of a ship used for the four-island exchange program.
- In addition, the pirika of Etopirika means “beautiful” in the Ainu language, so it is also considered suitable for the ship.