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First design and construction RoPax project for Sembcorp

Wednesday, 07 Nov 2018

Norwegian shipping company Norled has ordered three RoPax ferries from Singapore yard Sembcorp Marine.

Impression of the Norled hybrid RoPax ferries

This is the first design-and-construction project for a RoRo vessel for Sembcorp Marine. The hybrid-powered ships will be built by the group’s subsidiary LMG Marin and are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2020. The three vessels are for Norled’s shortsea Hella-Vangsnes-Dragsvik sailings in Norway. The 84.2m-long multi-deck, double-ended ferries can each carry up to 300 passengers and crew, plus 80 cars or a combination of ten cars and ten trailer trucks. The vessels will generally operate on zero-emissions lithium-ion battery power at a service speed of 10 knots. When required, they can run on combined battery-diesel-hybrid backup modes. Energy-efficient solutions to be installed on the ferries will also include quick-connection shore charging plugs, auto-mooring, auto-cross plus efficient hull, propulsion and heat recovery systems.