At the traditional keel laying ceremony in Flensburg (from left): Dustin Lind, youngest apprentice at FSG; Patrick Guarino, COO SeaRoad; Philipp Maracke, CEO FSG-Nobiskrug Holding; Chas Kelly, CEO SeaRoad; Wolfgang Schüler, Head of Product Development FSG; Tony Johnson, Technical Marine Manager SeaRoad; and Florian Martin, Project Manager FSG (Source: FSG / Marianne Lins)

FSG lays keel of new RoRo, SeaRoad1

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has laid the keel of a new RoRo vessel, SeaRoad1, for Tasmania-based shipowner, SeaRoad. The order is worth more than EUR 100 million.

The 210m-long freight ferry, the largest in SeaRoad’s history, will be deployed on the Bass Strait route between Devonport, Tasmania and Melbourne, Australia, following its scheduled delivery in the second quarter of 2024.

The 43,100gt vessel will be fuelled by LNG and have a capacity of 4,227 lane-metres, including space for more than 100 cars. Capable of transporting heavy cargo with unit weights of up to 100 tonnes, the 25-cabin ship will join SeaRoad Mersey11 and replace a chartered vessel, MV Lieku.  

Philipp Maracke, FSG-Nobiskrug Holding’s CEO, commented: “This LNG-powered vessel once again underlines FSG’s capabilities. Building such a sophisticated vessel requires extensive technological know-how, which we possess. The trust that SeaRoad has placed in FSG with this renewed order for a ship is further proof of this.”  

SeaRoad executive chairman, Chas Kelly said: “SeaRoad looks forward to progressing the building process in partnership with FSG and seeing our newest vessel take shape on the slipway. By increasing capacity, SeaRoad will again be able to better serve Tasmanian businesses as we continue to be the only Bass Strait shipping service providing for the direct route between Melbourne and Devonport.”

FSG is a subsidiary of the Tennor Group, owned by Lars Windhorst.

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