SENER to Design 1,200-Pax Ferry for Tanzania
Spanish engineering and technology group SENER has contracted the basic design of a 1,200-passenger ferry for Tanzanian shipping line Kampuni ya Huduma za Meli (Marine Services Co., Ltd.) to the Korean company GAS Entec.
"With this new engineering contract, SENER has the experience from having built over 1,200 ships and offshore artifacts worldwide under its own designs. With more than 60 years working in the Marine sector, nowadays SENER provides professional services to shipyards, technical offices, shipping lines, ship owners and official organizations all over the world," claimed a press release from the company.
The scope of the project to be developed by SENER includes conceptual and classification engineering, and is going to be developed with the FORAN System, the CAM/CAD/CAE software for ship design and construction developed by SENER.
The design belongs to a specialty well known by SENER due to the recent references of passengers and Ro-Ro vessels, among them the 1,500 passenger ferry for Viking Line or the 1,200 passenger ferry ‘Mapinduzi II' for Posco Plantec.
With its 90-meter length, this new ferry will be the largest vessel on the African Great Lakes, and sail on Lake Victoria linking ports in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The parts are expected to be built in Korea and transported by ship and rail - a huge logistical challenge - to the city of Mwanza, in the northwest of the country, where the ferry will be assembled and delivered.