Stena Line has ordered two new RoPax vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. The vessels will be put into service in 2011 and are planned to operate the route Rotterdam-Harwich. The two new RoPax vessels will be built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. The shipyard has previously built a number of shuttle tankers and ice-class tankers for Stena Bulk. The two new RoPax vessels are sister ships to the Stena Trader and the Stena Traveller, which went into service on the North Sea earlier this year. The vessels will also be equipped with the latest energy management technology, making them as efficient as possible to run. Stena Trader and Stena Traveller were built in Norway. It is unusual for South Korean yards to build passenger vessels, but is the direction many of the shipyards wish to go in as they seek higher value contracts. Source: Shipping Times
Aker Yards and the French company Brittany Ferries have signed a contract for the building of a ropax vessel worth EUR 80 million for delivery in autumn 2007. The contract includes an option of a similar vessel. The vessel will be delivered from the yard in Helsinki, while the blocks will be fabricated mainly in Rauma. "Having delivered two car ferries for Brittany Ferries in the beginning of the 1990`s, we are now very pleased to renew our relationship with the company"
Ulstein Nordvestconsult (UNVC), part of Vickers Ulstein Marine Systems, was awarded a contract comprised of the design of two 5,950-dwt RoPax ferries for a Greek shipowner. Anek Lines is set to operate the vessels, which will carry trailers, cars and passengers, between Chania and Piraeus. Scheduled for construction at Fosen Mekaniske Verksteder AS, Norway, the RoPax ships are slated for delivery in October 2000 and will measure 656-ft. (200 m) with a beam of 85-ft. (25.8 m).
On June 22, the cruise ferry Cruise Roma was launched at Fincantieri’s yard at Castellamare di Stabia for owners Grimaldi-Naples. Paola Grimaldi wife of the company president Guido Grimaldi was the ship’s godmother. Cruise Roma will be delivered at the beginning of 2008 and is the first of a series of 4 sister ships commissioned by Grimaldi-Naples Group at Fincantieri. The vessels will be used to increase the Group’s Mediterranean services
Rescuers continue to search Indonesian waters for an unkown number of passengers missing from an Indonesian Ro-Pax ferry. More than 210 passengers and crew were rescued in the hours after the accident by ten 'Good Samaritan' merchant ships, but an unknown number are feared missing. Eight bodies have been recovered so far, and six people have been hospitalized. The ferry manifest listed 213 passengers and crew and 78 vehicles on the ferry
Alfa Laval won a repeat order for its PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning systems valued at approximately €19.5 million from Danish ferry operator DFDS. The contract was signed in June, and the order was booked and communicated to stakeholders in the second quarter of 2013. Delivery is scheduled from January to July 2014 with retrofit installation and commissioning of eight DFDS vessels – five roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels and three roll-on/roll-off passenger (Ro-Pax) vessels – to
Wärtsilä, in conjunction with the Finnish research project SEATECH 2000+, has been developing some new machinery solutions for RoPax vessels. A promising concept is a semi-diesel electric machinery, where mechanical propulsion is combined with a diesel electric power plant. This new RoPax concept was presented for the first time at the Europort 2001 exhibition. The RoPax vessel has a semi-diesel electric machinery featuring a diesel mechanical part driving a conventional CP propeller and a
Latest ship completes ‘generation’ switch on Kiel-Gothenburg Line Kiel, April 20th, 2011: today’s first call by “Stena Scandinavica” at Kiel’s Schwedenkai Terminal rounds off Stena Line’s new ship generation switch on the Kiel-Gothenburg ferry route. During a reception on board, Kiel Port head Dr Dirk Claus presented the traditional first-call plaque to Captain Jan Sjöström
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to forward its final report on damage stability to IMO sub-committee Ship safety standards are developed and set, at the international level, by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). They are subsequently implemented and enforced by both national maritime authorities and, under delegated powers, by recognised organisations. European legislation clarifies, and sometimes reinforces
By 2013, labor staff of Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding Ltd (affiliate of United Shipbuilding Corporation) will increase by one third. The shipyard's backlog of orders now has grown to RUR 55-million. Revenue of Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding Ltd in 2012 is evaluated as RUR 12.7-billion (in the last year – RUR 1.3-billion). The company needs workers' arms and engineers' ideas to implement large state contracts, i.e
Norway-based shipping company Fjord Line’s Stavangerfjord represents a new-generation of advanced and environmentally friendly Cruise Passenger Ferry with outstanding passenger facilities in order to operate both as a day and night ferry
ABB, a global provider of power and energy solutions, is to supply a complete Shore to Ship Power (S2S) system to Color Line’s ro-pax ferry, SuperSpeed1. The 34,231 tons gross SuperSpeed1, built by Aker Finnyards at Rauma in Finland
A new program from Videotel highlights the importance of psychology in effective passenger evacuation, a topic which has been the focus of much attention in the industry since the highly charged events off Isola del Giglio in January 2012.
International classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) is to class a gas-fuelled major ro-ro passenger ferry newbuilding and oversee the conversion of three existing ro-pax ferries to LNG power for Brittany Ferries. A major risk analysis carried out by Bureau Veritas together with Tecnitas was
Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed an integrated bridge system retrofit for several RoPax ferries operated by Stena Line. Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit provided a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products from the VisionMaster FT series
A ferry operator’s experience of ‘the fastest ship in the world’ will feature among the cutting-edge initiatives being aired at Interferry’s 38th annual conference in Malta from October 5-9. The trade association event gives South American operator Buquebus a first
Wärtsilä, a marine industry solutions and services provider, will supply an integrated solution for two dual-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) Ro-Pax passenger ferries being built on behalf of Canadian ferry services provider Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ)
Transas Marine installed a training complex for Estonian Maritime Academy in Tallinn. The contract was won through the competitive tender procedure. This extensive training facility is situated across three floors and includes more than 140 computers in configuration.
More than 250 top-level delegates attended trade association Interferry’s 38th annual conference in Malta to debate the major factors affecting ferry operations around the world. Under a new format mixing presentations with panel discussions and audience input
Insurance broker and Maritime London member Willis believes that ro-pax ferries are bearing an unfair share of costs allocated to passenger ships within the International Group of P&I Clubs' reinsurance pool. The broker's head of global P&I, Ben Abraham
Asian shipbuilder Strategic Marine launched the Shanna, the first of two 45-meter ro-pax catamarans to the National Ferries Company of Oman. The vessel is the first of its kind built by Strategic at its Vietnam shipyard, underscoring the operation's multi-markets shipbuilding capability
Wärtsilä has been contracted by German-Swedish ferry operator TT-Line to retrofit an exhaust gas cleaning system to its Ro-Pax vessel, the M/S Robin Hood as part of TT-Line's Green Ship strategy. The full turnkey project will be managed by Wärtsilä thereby minimizing downtime
Engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has launched a new 2-speed marine gearbox, which it says offers notable economic and environmental benefits. The product will serve vessels having multiple operational modes or reduced transit speed, including among others: ropax ferries
U.K. based Solar Solve Marine received an order to supply 12 SOLASOLV class approved roller screens to the Ben-My-Chree Ro-Pax ferry. The vessel is owned and operated by Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and operates from Douglas to Heysham
The European Union will cofinance with a little over €6.4 million from the TEN-T Program a pilot project investigating a new propulsion system for vessels. The initiative also contributes to the realization of the “Motorways of the Sea” (TEN-T Priority Project 21) concept.