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Stena Orders Ferries from Samsung

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.

Aker to build Trailer Ropax

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", said Yrjö Julin, President of Aker Finnyards and responsible for Cruise & Ferries in Aker Yards. The trailer ropax is designed to carry road cargo vehicles between France and The United Kingdom at a speed of 23 knots. The 165 m long and 26.8 m wide vessel has 2.2 kilometres of vehicle deck space and 120 cabins.

Seville Delivers RoPax Ferry

Seville has delivered the largest RoPax ferry ever sailing under Spanish flag to its owner, Trasmediterranea. IZAR's Seville yard delivered the vessel on March 14, yard number 291, the 6,900 dwt RoPax Murillo, and will join Trasmediterranea fleet ahead of its scheduled delivery for next May. As the largest RoPax vessel ever owned by a Spanish company and sailing under Spanish flag, it exceeds the dimensions of any other vessel in Trasmediterranea's fleet, including the recently-delivered 564 ft. RoPax sisters Sorolla and Fortuny. Seville has introduced improvements in cargo and accommodation capacities on the Murillo, a project which followed the design carried out on the Merchant series of four vessels for Cenargo. Payload cargo has also been increased.

Murillo

This past March, IZAR's Seville yard delivered the largest RoPax ferry ever to sail under Spanish flag to owner Trasmediterranea — the 6,900 dwt RoPax Murillo. As the largest RoPax vessel ever owned by a Spanish company and sailing under Spanish flag, it exceeds the dimensions of any other vessel in Trasmediterranea's fleet, even the recently delivered 564-ft. (172-m) RoPax sisters Sorolla and Fortuny. Seville has introduced substantial improvements in cargo and accommodation capacities on the Murillo, a project that followed the successful design carried out on the Merchant series of four vessels for Cenargo. Payload cargo has been increased, as the accommodation, for instance, has been more than doubled.

Seville Delivers RoPax Ferry

IZAR's Seville yard has delivered the largest RoPax ferry ever to sail under Spanish flag to owner Trasmediterranea. IZAR's delivered on March 14 its yard number 291, the 6,900 dwt RoPax Murillo. As the largest RoPax vessel ever owned by a Spanish company and sailing under Spanish flag, it exceeds the dimensions of any other vessel in Trasmediterranea's fleet, even the recently delivered 564-ft. (172-m) RoPax sisters Sorolla and Fortuny. Seville has introduced substantial improvements in cargo and accommodation capacities on the Murillo, a project that followed the successful design carried out on the Merchant series of four vessels for Cenargo. Payload cargo has been increased, as the accommodation, for instance, has been more than doubled. Length, (o.a.) 591 ft. Length, (bp) 553 ft.

Ulstein Nordvestconsult Garners Design Contract

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). Each vessel will travel at a service speed of 27.5 knots and hold a certificate for 1,500 passengers.

MacGregor Wins $6 Million Equipment Order

MacGregor was granted a contract from Aker Finnyards worth more than $6 million for RoRo equipment and an outfit of six elevators to serve Irish Ferries' RoPax newbuilding. Measuring 682 ft. (208 m) with a beam of 102 ft. (31 m), the 50,000-gt RoPax also features more than four km. of car/truck lanes. Scheduled for a January 2001 delivery, the vessel will be the largest ever built by Aker. MacGregor's Passenger Ship Division is supplying six elevators - one scenic, three other passenger elevators and two service units.

WFSA's Annual Ferry Design Competition Kicks Off

The winner of the 2017 WFSA contest, a ferry designed specifically for Bangkok (CREDIT: WFSA)

The WORLDWIDE FERRY SAFETY ASSOCIATION (WFSA) has announced that entries will be now accepted for its annual student competition for the design of a safe and affordable ferry. The  upcoming  contest  is  focused  on  designing a  passenger ferry for  the Singapore  Strait between  Indonesia,  Malaysia  and  Singapore. This  narrow  waterway  sees  dense  vessel traffic, with numerous vessel anchorages creating additional challenges for safe navigation. The previous competitions…

Cruise, Ferry and Naval Projects to Get Evac Systems

Scandinavian passenger ship operators have specified Evac vacuum toilet and waste treatment for their latest newbuildings from Aker Kvaerner group yards in Finland. The 33,000gt/1,800-passenger vessel ordered by Birka Line from Aker Finnyards - dubbed the ‘Floating Caribbean’ - is designed to set new standards of year-round cruising in the Baltic after delivery in autumn 2004. An extensive range of accommodation and amenities spread over eight decks of the 11-deck ship will include a whole deck dedicated to passenger recreation and a large Spa area decorated with palms. Operating in the Baltic dictates a high priority on environmental friendliness in the design and equipment specification…

Chinese Ferry Orders Propulsion Package

Weihai Haida Ferry Co., operating in NE China, has placed an order for a 2,200-passenger/1100-lane-metre Ropax ferry featuring a MAN Diesel & Turbo propulsion package. Weihai Haida is the exclusive operator on the route between the major cities of Weihai and Dalian on opposite sides of the Bohai strait in NE China where it undertakes a Ropax service. The company currently has two vessels in its fleet operating on the route – the ‘Xin Shen Shen’ and ‘Shen Shen 1’ – with the former shortly due to exit service.

Chinese Ferry Orders Complete Propulsion Package

MAN 32/40 four-stroke engine.

Weihai Haida Ferry Co., operating in NE China, has placed an order for a 2,200-passenger/1100-lane-metre Ropax ferry featuring a MAN Diesel & Turbo propulsion package. Weihai Haida is the exclusive operator on the route between the major cities of Weihai and Dalian on opposite sides of the Bohai strait in NE China where it undertakes a Ropax service. The company currently has two vessels in its fleet operating on the route – the ‘Xin Shen Shen’ and ‘Shen Shen 1’ – with the former shortly due to exit service.

Kongsberg Wins EPCI Contract for LNG-fueled RoPax Ferry Newbuild

‘Full Picture’ contract for Brittany Ferries’ new RoPax ferry ‘Honfleur’  (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Maritime said it has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract with Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), a subsidiary of Siem Group. This is the second RoPax contract that Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded at FSG. The ‘Full Picture’ contract, valued at approximately €20 million ($23 million), covers engineering, procurement and project management, maritime technology deliveries and installation on a LNG fuelled RoPax Ferry for French company Brittany Ferries Ltd.

DNV GL to Class Gas Ready Stena RoPax Newbuilds

DNV GL has signed a contract to provide classification services for Stena Line’s new RoPax ferries, to be constructed at AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China, the classification society announced today at the Posidonia trade fair in Athens, Greece. “During the course of the past 24 months our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50 percent larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years,” Hagman continued. Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, said,…

RoPax Propulsion Concept Proves Efficient

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 diesel electric power plant powering a contra rotating electric pod and the entire hotel load of the ship. The machinery features Wärtsilä EnviroEngines equipped with Common Rail and compact SCR units.

SIS Secures Contract With Destination Gotland

Star Information Systems (SIS), a provider of integrated fleet management software, has secured a further contract with Destination Gotland for the supply of software systems onboard the company's two Ropax newbuildings. The contract comes shortly after the Swedish shipping company upgraded four of its five vessels with fleet management software from SIS.

Harland & Wolff Lays Off 280

Harland and Wolff said it would lay off 280 workers this week. The shipyard recently secured its future by winning orders for four ferries worth $456 million and two cruise liners worth $350 million, but they will only take effect towards the end of the year. "There is the order for the four Ropax ferries and there is also a letter of understanding for two luxury cruise liners. However there is a time lag until the full benefit of these orders feeds through, unfortunately making these redundancies necessary," a spokesman said.

MacGregor To Supply For RoRo Carrier

MacGregor is scheduled to retrofit three sets of flood control doors to a RoPax freight carrier constructed in 1990. The flood control barrier system from MacGregor includes the retrofit of three sets of single-section top-hinged flood control doors. MacGregor's specialists will perform this work during the vessel's docking from September - November of this year.

Norse Merchant Ferries to Get Repairs

Two RoPax vessels currently running on UK operator Norse Merchant Ferries’ Irish Sea service between Liverpool and Belfast, Lagan Viking and Mersey Viking, are to undergo upgrading work at a yet to be announced shipyard prior to starting operations between Liverpool and Dublin. Both vessels are being replaced on the Liverpool-Belfast run by two chartered 26,500 grt vessels currently under construction at Italy’s Viscentini Shipyard in July and December next year.

Finnlines Charters Out RoPax Ship

Finnlines cuts excess capacity by 5-year bareboat charter of 'MS Europalink' to mother-group Grimaldi. The RoPax vessel MS Europalink will sail under Italian flag in the Mediterranean Sea after carrying out some technical improvements which will be financed by Grimaldi Group. She was built at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard, and was delivered in March 2007 to be used on Finnlines Nordö-Link service between Malmö and Travemünde. The Europalink is presently registered in Malmö, Sweden.  

RoPax hull launched at Niron Staal - Damen

Damen Ropax 5212 Courtesy Damen

Marking the completion of the first new build contract between Niron Staal Amsterdam and Damen Shipyards Group, the hull of a RoPax 5212 passenger ferry hull has been launched from Niron Staal’s facilities in Amsterdam. Preparations for the launch started early on Tuesday morning when the finished hull was moved out of Niron Staal’s production hall on a multi-wheeled transporter. After travelling the short distance to the quayside, the ferry was transferred to a floating pontoon.

MTU Propulsion for High-speed Ferry

Photo: MTU

Rolls-Royce said it will supply four 20-cylinder Series 8000 engines from MTU to Australian shipyard Incat Tasmania. The engines will be installed in the new high-speed RoPax ferry to be used by the Virtu Ferries company on the Malta-Sicily service that it operates daily throughout the year. Set to be the largest high-speed catamaran operating in the Mediterranean, the vessel is 110 m in length and can accommodate 900 passengers plus crew and 167 vehicles on 490 truck lane meters.

Stena RoRo Charters Three Vessels

Per Westling, MD, Stena RoRo, Dan Mikkola, MD, Godby Shipping and Olof Berndtsson, DMD, Stena RoRo, after signing ceremony during Stena Match Cup Sweden. Photo Victoria Edström

Stena RoRo has reached an agreement with the Finnish shipping company Godby Shipping to long-term charter their three RoRo vessels Misida, Misana and Miranda. The configuration of the vessels is very flexible and they can thus be employed in both the Stena RoRo and the Stena Line networks. Three easy accessible RoRo decks enable fast turnaround in port and this, combined with their high service speed, satisfies the demand for punctual high-frequency service. “We are very satisfied with the agreement, which we believe is clearly in tune with the times in relation to the market situation.

Student Ferry Competition Draws Record Participation

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association’s (WFSA) international student ferry design competition, geared toward developing a Safe Affordable Ferry, enters its third year receiving more entrants than ever before. For this year’s competition for a RoPax (passenger-truck) ferry for Indonesia, 21 student teams have registered, nearly doubling the number of entrants from previous years. A large percentage of the students are from academic institutions in the developing world: there are seven teams from Indonesian universities, four from India and three from Bangladesh. WFSA’s Executive Director, Dr. Additional entries have been received from schools in Canada and Germany (two each) and one from the World Maritime University in Sweden, one from Scotland and one from the U.S.

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