STX delivers ‘Spirit of Britain’

05 Jan 2011
The new P&O ropax ferry ‘Spirit of Britain’

The new P&O ropax ferry ‘Spirit of Britain’

Today, the car-passenger ferry ‘Spirit of Britain’ was delivered by STX Europe’s Rauma shipyard to P&O ferries. Her sister ship, the ‘Spirit of France’, will be delivered from Rauma shipyard in September 2011.

At 47,600gt, the Spirit of Britain will be the largest ferry operating in the English Channel. Measuring 213m long, the newbuilding has 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 can accommodate 2,000 passengers.

The hull of the Spirit of Britain has been optimised for the vessel’s specific route to ensure maximum performance and good manoeuvring characteristics. The latest and most advanced technology was applied in the design and construction of this vessel with special attention to environmentally friendly and energy-efficient solutions and safety. The new vessel is the first car-passenger ferry in the world to meet IMO’s Safe Return to Port requirements and comply with the requirements of the Green Passport of classifying society Lloyd's Register.

“We are very proud of the ship that has now been completed. The Spirit of Britain is clear proof of the superior expertise of STX Rauma shipyard in the building of modern and technically demanding car-passenger ferries. I want to extend a warm thank you to the owner and all those involved in the project – STX’s own personnel and the numerous cooperating partners and subcontractors”, states the director of STX Rauma shipyard, Timo Suistio. “P&O Ferries now has a very efficient and powerful vessel for its Dover - Calais route. The ship will receive plenty of positive attention worldwide and it is an exceptional reference of the expertise and reliability of STX Rauma shipyard”, Suistio concludes.

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