Second Damen ice-class ro-pax for Canada

24 Dec 2013
Damen shipyards has received a second order for an 80m ice-class ro-pax vessel from a Canadian ferry operator

Damen shipyards has received a second order for an 80m ice-class ro-pax vessel from a Canadian ferry operator

Damen Shipyards has been awarded a second contract from the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government for an 80m ice-class ro-pax ferry.

The new order comes just a few weeks after a contract was announced with Damen for an identical vessel. The first will serve the Fogo Island-Change Islands route, while the second, scheduled for February 2016 delivery, will be deployed between Bell Island and Portugal Cove-St. Philip's.

The new ferry will be able to carry up to 200 passengers and 60 vehicles at a 14-knot service speed. It will replave the existing ferry Beaumont Hamel. The Flanders will continue to serve the Bell Island route alongside the new ferry.

Damen said that it received the highest overall score of all 15 proposals in the Government tender process, as it “will provide the best value to the province and a high quality vessel that will be delivered on time and on budget”.

Jan van Hogerwou, manager North America, Damen Shipyards Group, said: “Damen is proud to have been selected to partner with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to build these new ferries. Damen is not new to the East Coast of Canada. We have licensed our Spa 4207 patrol boat design to Irving Shipyards for the local construction of the Mid Shore Patrol Program of the Canadian Coast Guard and we recently delivered two high-end pontoons to a Canadian operator for deployment at a large offshore project in Newfoundland and Labrador. The 80 m ferry was designed by a Canadian engineering firm and the Damen Shipyards Group looks forward to further enhancing the working relationship with this company to ensure that this new vessel meets all possible requirements, not only for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador but also for the passengers she will transport in the next few decades.”

Together with the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government, Damen says it is exploring more opportunities for further development of the shipbuilding industry in the region.

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