IZAR San Fernando Shipyard recently celebrated the launching of the Ropax ferry for the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Faroe Island, that will be operated by Strandfaraskip Landsins. This ship that means the introduction of the yard in the conventional ferry sector has been designed to operate in harsh weather conditions.
This RoPax ferry has capacity for nearly 1,000 passengers and 200 cars. The accommodation area is distributed in two decks and includes huge lounges and 34 cabins. A stationary area in the main deck and mobile car-decks compose the cargo space. The ship can also admit wide trucks and dangerous cargo. Three ramps-doors for boarding cars are located at stern, and two passenger doors are arranged at main deck, port and starboard.
The vessel fulfils the SOLAS regulations and those of the Danish Administration for passenger transport and will have to pass the inspection of this Administration as well as the Lloyd´s List Register´s, before delivery.
The propulsion plant comprises 4 diesel engines MAN B&W 7L 32/40 manufactured at the Engine Factory of the Propulsion and Energy Division of Izar. These engines are coupled to two twin input gearboxes which turn the shafting lines with controllable pitch propellers. Two shaft alternators, four diesel generators and one emergency generator provide the electric power generation on board.
The vessel is fitted with two bow thrusters electrically driven, heeling tanks with sufficient capacity to compensate the moment from two trailers moving
on a lane at shipside and one pair of type folding fin stabilisers with flaps which enables up to 90% roll reduction.
The engine room is fully automated fulfilling the requirements of the Classification Society for unmanned engine rooms, with capacity for remote control of all the operating parameters from the control consoles, located in the Engine Control Room and in the wheelhouse.
The vessel will connect Thorshavn Port with the islands in the south of the archipelago, thus it has specially been designed to operate in harsh weather, with temperatures of minus 20ºC, strong winds and high waves. Moreover, the project takes into account the bad accessibility to the ports.