Second ferry newbuild launched at Rauma

17 Feb 2011
Launch of ro-pax ‘Spirit of France’ at Rauma

Launch of ro-pax ‘Spirit of France’ at Rauma

The launch of the second ro-pax ferry, ‘Spirit of France’, which STX Rauma is building for P&O Ferries, took place on 17 February 2011. She is a sister ship to ‘Spirit of Britain’, which was handed over in January 2011.

The shipyard points out that Spirit of France and Spirit of Britain are the largest ferries in cross-Channel traffic. At 47,592 grt and 213m in length, Spirit of France will, when completed, offer 3,746 lane-metres of vehicle space for 180 trucks and 195 cars simultaneously. 2,000 passengers can be carried. According to STX Europe, various innovative shipbuilding technologies are being applied in both design and construction of the ship, with special attention paid to safety features and environmental friendliness.

The launch was attended by representatives of the client P&O Ferries and STX Finland, the classification society Lloyd’s Register and other guests invited by the shipyard and the ship-owner. As water was flooding the drydock, 1368 balloons were released.

“The construction of the Spirit of France continues as planned and at a rapid pace. Sea trials are scheduled for June, and the vessel will be handed over to the client in October,” says Timo Suistio, director of STX Rauma shipyard. “At the moment, Rauma shipyard has two special vessels under construction; an arctic multipurpose vessel, and a fisheries research vessel. We have proved our expertise as builders of both demanding car and passenger ferries and technically challenging special vessels. We continue our uncompromised efforts to attract new orders.”

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