P&O’s new ropax ferry launched

08 Jun 2010
Spirit of Britain prior to her launch at STX Europe’s Rauma shipyard

Spirit of Britain prior to her launch at STX Europe’s Rauma shipyard

The launching of the car-passenger ferry “Spirit of Britain”, built for P&O Ferries by STX Europe’s Rauma shipyard, took place recently.

At the same time as the launching of the Spirit of Britain, preparations for the keel laying of the ship’s sister vessel Spirit of France began by carrying out the traditional lucky coins ceremony when the vessel’s first building block is lowered on to the top of the keel-block which has the lucky coins on top of it.

Construction activities on the newly launched ship, Spirit of Britain, will continue and test runs are expected to take place in early August 2010 and the ship’s sea trial is expected to take place mid October 2010. Delivery to P&O Ferries is scheduled in December 2010.

When the vessel is completed, the newbuilding will be the biggest ferry operating on the English Channel. The 49,000 gt vessel is 213m long with a capacity of 3,746 lane metres for trailers, cars and other cargo. In addition to space for approximately 180 freight trucks and 195 passenger cars, the vessel has capacity for 1,750 passengers. The newest and the most advanced technology is being utilised in the design and construction of the vessels with special attention being paid to environmentally friendly solutions and safety.

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