Aker Finnyards and SeaFrance have
signed a contract worth more than $88.9 million for the construction of a new car-passenger ferry for the Dover-Calais route. Touted as the fastest and largest vessel
to ever operate on that route, the 607 ft. (185 m) ferry is scheduled for a September 2001 delivery.
Able to transport 1,900 passengers and 700 cars at speeds of up to 25 knots, the vessel will reportedly the fastest of its kind operating on its route; reducing crossing time to approximately one hour.