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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. It is unusual for South Korean yards to build passenger vessels, but is the direction many of the shipyards wish to go in as they seek higher value contracts. Source: Shipping Times


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"


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).


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


Port of Kiel welcomes “Stena Scandinavica”

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Latest ship completes ‘generation’ switch on Kiel-Gothenburg Line Kiel, April 20th, 2011: today’s first call by “Stena Scandinavica” at Kiel’s Schwedenkai Terminal rounds off Stena Line’s new ship generation switch on the Kiel-Gothenburg ferry route. During a reception on board, Kiel Port head Dr Dirk Claus presented the traditional first-call plaque to Captain Jan Sjöström


Aerodynamic Garage Ships

With tall, slab sides encasing a multi-deck configuration, the pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) has a characteristically high windage factor, influencing course-keeping, maneuvering and fuel usage. A new series of PCTCs at the top end of the capacity range denotes a particular endeavor by Japanese shipbuilders to raise design performance through close attention to the aerodynamic properties of such vessels. Recently delivered into the long-haul vehicle trade patterns maintained by Mitsui OSK


Brave Merchant Returns to Liverpool - Dublin service

According to Norse Merchant Ferries, its RoPax vessel, Brave Merchant, will re-join its Liverpool - Dublin service following a seven-month period on charter to the U.K. Ministry of Defence. Brave Merchant will replace the charter vessel Norse Mersey, soon to be re-delivered to its Italian owner, and will operate together with Lindarosa to maintain the twice-daily service. Initially, NorseMerchant had taken advantage of the return of Brave Merchant to provide cover for its Liverpool -


Largest Spanish RoPax Enters Service

The largest Spanish flagged RoPax ferry, named Fortuny, has been delivered by IZAR's Puerto Real shipyard to the Spanish shipowner Trasmediterranea. The contract for the construction of this ferry was landed by Puerto Real yard, formerly part of Astilleros Españoles group, on July 30, 1999. The new ferry has become the fastest vessel to join the owner's fleet, with a 23.5 knot speed on the engines' 85 percent continuous service rating.


Great Ships of 2001 -- Nils Holgersson

Providing the first application for podded electric drives in the ferry market, July's arrival of the innovative RoPax vessel Nils Holgersson signaled a vibrant new phase of development of the busy Travemuende/Trelleborg route between Germany and Sweden. The TT-Line project marries an advanced diesel-electric configuration with pragmatic requirements relating to operating efficiency, plant and power flexibility, cargo section design and environmental compatibility in the eco-sensitive Baltic


Two Incat Ferries Launched

Incat Designs has launched two new ferries. The 43m Seastreak Highlands was launched at Gladding Hearn's Massachusetts (USA) yard in late February. This was followed by the launch of 58m RoPax Ferry MiCAT (pictured) by Cairns boatbuilder NQEA Australia one week later. Seastreak Highlands is the 165th Incat Designs - Sydney vessel to be constructed, and will join sister ships Seastreak New Jersey, Seastreak Wall Street and Seastreak New York on the run from Downtown New York to Atlantic


German Shipbuilder FSG Taken Over by Siem Industries

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The German Shipyard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) informs that it has a new owner: the Norwegian controlled Siem Industries will take over command of the shipyard, including all its employees. Peter Sierk and Frank Bywater, the two Managing Directors of FSG


Survitec's Evacuation Systems in Focus at SMM

Survitec Group is promoting its range of Marine Evacuation Systems (MES) at SMM 2014. The company said it can supply systems to suit every type of vessel, from small high speed ferries through to mid-sized passenger ships, large ROPAX and cruise ships.


MacGregor Wins Stena RoRo Conversion Job

MacGregors conversion team is no stranger to the vessel, originally altering the ferry in 2008.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a contract from Stena North Sea Ltd. to convert the 29,800gt RoPax ferry Dieppe Seaways to optimize it for its new route between Dublin and Holyhead in Ireland. The order further strengthens MacGregor's position as the first choice supplier for RoRo


Alfa Laval Scrubbers to Equip Finnlines Vessels

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The order intake for the Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber system continues to intensify as January 2015 approaches. Four PureSOx systems have now been ordered by Finnlines, a leading provider of RoRo and Ropax services, whose Baltic Sea and North Sea operations will soon fall within an Emission Control


LTM Crane Shipped Via the Ostuferhafen

Project load business gains ground in Kiel

The number of heavy cargo and project loads being handled in Kiel using the port’s efficient port cranes or RoRo ramps is on the rise. The latest example has been what is currently the most up-to-date telescopic mobile crane to be built by the firm of Liebherr


MacGregor Wins Damen RoRo Contract

Each of the new ice-class ferries will be equipped with MacGregor bow doors, a bow ramp/door, a stern ramp, shell doors and a hoistable car deck system

RoRo equipment contract for Damen is supported by MacGregor's experience with Canadian ferry services MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract from Dutch shipbuilding group, Damen Shipyards, for the design and delivery of key components for RoRo access equipment for two 80m ice-class


Stena RoRo Heads Hospital Ship Construction

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International charity Mercy Ships recently signed an agreement for the construction of the world's largest civilian hospital ship tentatively named Atlantic Mercy, and Stena RoRo announced that it is engaged as project manager. The vessel, an investment of more than $100 million


LNG is a Crystal Clear Alternative

The characteristic, red painted, gas vent lines, featuring “Powered by LNG” on top of the vessel.

Norway-based shipping company Fjord Line’s Stavangerfjord represents a new-generation of advanced and environmentally friendly Cruise Passenger Ferry with outstanding passenger facilities in order to operate both as a day and night ferry


New Fuel-Saving 2-Speed Marine Gearbox From Wärtsilä

Fuel-saving gearbox: Image credit Wärtsilä

Engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has launched a new 2-speed marine gearbox, which it says offers notable economic and environmental benefits. The product will serve vessels having multiple operational modes or reduced transit speed, including among others: ropax ferries


Northrop Grumman Upgrades Navigation Equipment on Stena Line Ferries

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Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed an integrated bridge system retrofit for several RoPax ferries operated by Stena Line. Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit provided a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products  from the VisionMaster FT  series


Integrated Bridge System Retrofit on Stena Ferries

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit provided a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products from the VisionMaster FT™ series, to form the core of ship's integrated bridge on several Stena Line RoPax ferries.


Njord Orders More Windfarm Service Vessels

Strategic Marine, a specialist shipbuilder in Asia, today announced that Njord Offshore, U.K. fleet operator of Crew Transfer Vessels for the growing European offshore windfarm sector, has officially confirmed the option for two more high performance crew transfer and service vessels


China Shipbuilding News

Visitors at the China shipyard: Photo courtesy of Afai Shipyard

Afai Southern shipyard visited by Dutch diplomat, and elsewhere, Chengxi Shipyard gets order for 2 bulk carriers. Mr. Karel Hartogh, Director of Department of Asia and Oceania at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands and Ms. Anne Luwema, Consul General of Netherlands Consulate in Guangzhou


MAN Propulsion Package for New Italian RoRo

MAN 9L32/44CR engine: Image credit MAN Diesel & Turbo

Italian Visemar's new RoRo (construction at Cantiere Navale Visentini yard, near Venice) will be powered by twin MAN engines. The vessel will be powered by a complete MAN propulsion package featuring 2 × 9L32/44CR medium-speed engines


Wärtsilä Engines for New Scottish RoPax Ferry

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Wärtsilä to supply the main engines and auxiliary generating sets for a new Scottish-owned ferry. The RoPax vessel, designed for transporting both wheeled cargo and passengers, was ordered by Lloyds Banking Group and leased by Caledonian Maritime Assets, Ltd (CMAL)






 
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