The first Ro-Pax cruiser designed and built in China for the Chinese market has entered into service on January 1, 2015.
The ship, named San sha No. 1, can carry wheeled cargo, containers, trailers as well as passengers, and was delivered to China's southernmost city Sansha in Hainan Province to tackle the city's lack of transportation capacity
The vessel is a conventional propulsion Ro-Ro Passenger vessel designed to transport vehicle and containers on a single cargo deck in compliance with Chinese Classification Society Rules and Chinese Flag regulations.
Measuring 122.3 meters long and 21 meters wide, the ship has a displacement of 7,800 tons with endurance of 6,000 nautical miles. It can accommodate up to 456 passengers and 20 standard trailers. Cargo capacity comprises of approximately about 350 lane meters for cars and trucks, about 1200t of containers or a combination of the above on the car deck
, while a large extra capacity for FW and HFO has been created to allow the vessel to supply some of the minor islands. The cargo will be rolling in and out of the vessel via a quarter ramp situated on the starboard side.
As compared with Qiongsha No. 3, the existing transport vessel for Sansha City, Sansha No.1 can sail normally against BF 8 wind and remain secure in whole gale. Additionally, the Qiongsha No.3 Ship has not been able to satisfy the transportation needs
of Sansha city due to relatively small tonnage.
Providing further improvements the new ship shortens the cruise time from Qinglan Port in Wenchang city, Hainan Province to Yongxing Island of Sansha City from 15 hours to 10 hours. The vessel features multiple operating modes such as regular ferry service between ports or as a long term cruise vessel for cruises of up to 30 days duration.
The ship is also equipped with a helicopter landing platform, which makes it convenient for maritime rescue and island patrolling.
The project materialized from concept to sailing vessel in less than 24 months.
Contracted by CS Marine of Shanghai, concept design, tender design and basic design, including hull lines, safety and stability, steel structural design and outfitting and machinery, was carried out by Knude E. Hansen A/S.
The ship was built by Bo Hai Shipyard in China on a contract awarded to the shipyard by the Local Government of Hainan Province.