Double ended ferry order for STX Finland

08 Apr 2011
New double-ender for Finnferries, to be built by STX Rauma

New double-ender for Finnferries, to be built by STX Rauma

STX Finland and Finferries have signed a contract for the construction of a 65m environmentally-friendly double ended ro-pax ferry for the Turku Archipelago. It will be built at the STX Rauma yard.

The new passenger ferry, scheduled for delivery at the end of 2012, will operate on the Korpo - Houtskär route, which the yard says will set special requirements to the performance of the vessel due to the length and challenging ice conditions. The ship will be built in accordance with the latest safety regulations defined in the EU shipbuilding directive, and STX claims it will be the first vessel to reach this new safety level.

A diesel-electric power plant driving Z drive rudder propellers at both ends of the ship will be employed. Particular attention has been given to minimising docking time by using wide bow and stern ramps and by designing the ferry as a two ended vessel, meaning that it can run both directions. The ferry will be able to accommodate 250 passengers, three trucks with tandem trailers and 39 cars.

“This order reinforces the leading position of STX Finland in the development and building of customer-oriented and technologically advanced types of ships.” explains Timo Suistio, shipyard director at the STX Rauma shipyard. “We are proud and grateful for having the opportunity to offer our customer Finferries a competitive full solution that incorporates all our strengths.”

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