Damen ferry launch
The second of two 80m ice class Ro-Pax ferries – the ‘MV Legionnaire’ - has been launched at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania.
MV Legionnaire is the sister ship to the MV Veteran, launched earlier this year at the Romanian yard. Both vessels are part of a large vessel replacement programme being undertaken by the Canadian Provincial Government's of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The vessel is 81m in length and has a beam of 17m. It will carry up to 200 passengers and 60 cars (PAE) at a cruising speed of 14 knots.
MV Legionnaire will operate on the short-haul route from Portugal Cove to Bell Island, the busiest route of the province.
In his speech at the launch of the ferry, the Hon. Mr David Brazil, Minister of Transportation and Works, said: “This launching brings a new home to the water. It is a significant milestone in the ship build process and a great achievement. It is a lifeline to the inhabitants of Bell Island and will play a significant role in people’s lives there for decades.”
The vessel will be delivered to Newfoundland in the spring of 2016.
Meanwhile, Damen is continuing to increase its presence in the province with plans for a certified service and maintenance centre in the capital of St John’s which is now well advanced.
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