Danish ship design firm, Knud E. Hansen, has launched a new RoPax ferry design with features that should appeal to the operators of ageing ferries in some Mediterranean trades, as well as ferry owners with vessels deployed on other routes around the world.
The 212m-long vessel has a capacity of 700 passengers, 390 cars and 2,955 lane metres for trucks and trailers. Two diesel-powered main engines will develop a total of 25.6 MW and give a speed of 23 knots. Two 1,500-kW tunnel thrusters at the bow will provide a high level of manoeuvrability and a large battery pack will provide zero-emission power while the ferry is in port, the company revealed. The vessel has two car decks below the main deck, two trailer decks above the main deck whilst the main deck itself is intended for trucks loaded via an extra-wide stern ramp.