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Blue Star Naxos

December 4, 2002

Type RoPax Owner Blue Star Ferries Maritime Builder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Heavy Machinery

Blue Star Naxos is the third RoPax, which was constructed under Greek flag and delivered by DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.) in June 2002 in compliance with the requirements of BV.

This vessel is the one of twins and the sister (Blue Star Paros) had been delivered just one and half month ahead of the vessel in April 2002. Classed by BV, the vessel has two car decks and two accommodation decks, while the upper garage deck level is divided into the fore half car space and the aft half crew cabins. This layout allowed the complete separation of the above passenger decks from the lower decks machinery noise and vibration. The prototype vessel's bow ramp/door are not repeated to the sister vessels, however, there are still turn around arrangement even on the hoistable platform decks and half length upper garage. The hoistable platform decks are COREX system from MacGREGOR which having only 100 mm (one third of conventional) depth and no external stiffeners.

The passenger's main entrance is through the separated stern ramp and two escalators which directly leading the passengers to the reception hall, without any interruptions by car traffic or crews. The vessel can carry 792 winter passengers (inboard) and 1,500 passengers during summer time. For the large number of summertime passengers, most of weather decks are designed to the sun protected and wind shielded passenger sun decks. Passenger Public spaces are arranged throughout the deck No. 6 and it includes first class lounge, café bar lounge, economic class lounge, a la carte restaurant, self service restaurant, air seat rooms and outdoor café.

The public space interior was designed by Apostolos Molindris, known for his architectural concept on the Superfast Ferries. Molindris' partner was Se-Jin for the workshop drawings and installation The vessel, which is fitted with one trailer deck and one car deck, allows vehicles to gain access over the stern at main deck level through an approx. 11 m wide stern ramp. Internal access of vehicles are composed of two tiltable ramps and hoistable car decks of five sections from main deck to upper deck.

Four Wärtsilä 6L38B main engines each developing 4,350 kW at 600 rpm drive CP propellers for a service speed of 24.4 knots and a maximum speed of 24.9 knots. The drive to a pair of Kamewa CP Propellers is through Flender gear boxes. Electrical power is derived via a trio of Wärtsilä 6L20 alternator sets each developing 1,080 kW.

One 950 kW Kamewa bow thruster together with two shafts/CPPs/rudders satisfies the vessel's high maneuverability requirements in the busy Mediterranean ports.

Main Particulars Flag Greece Class Bureau Veritas Length, (o.a.) 407 ft. (124.2 m) Length, (b.p.) 384 ft. (117 m) Breadth, (molded) 62 ft. (18.9 m) GT 10,438 tons DWT, design 1,330 tons Draft, (design) 16 ft. (4.9 m) Speed, service 24.4 knots Daily fuel consumption 67 tons Main engines 4x Wärtsilä 6L38B, 4,350 kW @ 600 rpm Gearboxes 2x Flender GVL 15 25, 8,700 kW @ 190 rpm Propellers 2x Kamewa,CP @ 175 rpm Bowthrusters Kamewa, 950 kW @ 1,480 rpm Boilers Aalborg Mooring equipment Ulstein Passengers 1,500 (summer) Fire extinguishing systems Marioff Fire detection system Consilium Radars JRC

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