Brand new ferry to cruise Bophorus .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - The waters surrounding the city of Istanbul are welcoming a new ferry today. The "Fatih" will start performing its duty by picking up its first passengers from Ortaköy at 1:30 p.m.

The Fatih was chosen after more than 400,000 votes were cast for the new model, one of eight short-listed by Istanbul Sea Busses, or İDO, which were then promoted by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in a campaign called "Istanbul, Choose Your Ferry."

First glimpse
The new ferry was put to sea in July for Istanbul residents to catch their first glimpse. Fatih has spent the last two weeks undergoing sea trials between Tuzla and Pendik and the ferry has proven itself to be much more adequate than older models.

There will be an infirmary, a baby care room, booths for pets and a cafeteria onboard. Fatih will also be furnished with the latest technology, including a DVD player, a digital antenna working through a Global Positioning System, or GPS, and it has the highest level of maneuverability. The new ferry is designed with disabled people in mind, meeting their needs with a specialized toilet, sound and lighting system and special ground cover for blind people.

Fatih, which is 68 meters long, 13 meters high and has a capacity for 1,800 passengers, will travel faster than other ferries.

With a wide passenger hall, panoramic glass, three decks and an air conditioning system, Fatih is designed to offer a more comfortable trip for people. Istanbul’s famous ferries were updated with new technology and new automatic doors that will not open until the ship has docked. The ferry also features low level fuel consumption to reduce its carbon wake. The Fatih was constructed in Turkey and cost $9.3 million. There will be four more Fatihs operating soon.