Stena introduces world's largest Superferry
Stena Line’s largest ever investment of over $586 million has been spent on building the two new 62,000gt vessels, with the Stena Hollandica now in service and the Stena Britannica scheduled for delivery by the end of 2010. The 11,600 dwt newbuildings built by Nordic Yards in Wismar, Germany measure 240m long, 32m wide and have a draught of 6.4m.
The largest ferries of their type in terms of combined passenger and freight capacity, each has 5,500 lane metres over four decks capable of accommodating 230 cars plus 300 freight vehicles. Discharging and loading is by means of a 17m wide stern ramp and a 7m wide bow ramp facilitating double tier loading/discharging.
Passenger capacity is 1,200 and the accommodation consists of 438 two-bed cabins and 100 five-bed cabins giving a total of 1,376 berths onboard. Passengers will be able to enjoy onboard services including buffet and a la carte restaurants, cinema, bar, lounge, media room and internet corner with wi-fi.
Designed to have a low environmental impact, each superferry is built in line with Stena Line’s energy eavings programme. Eco-friendly features include catalytic converters, an improved hull design optimised with an advanced coating system, highly efficient engines and better combustion rates. Exhausts stacks of the engines are fitted with SCR systems and the power plant has a heat recovery system.
The main propulsion power plant comprises two 9,600kW MAN 8L48/60CR and two 7,200kW MAN 6L48/60CR medium speed diesel-mechanical engines driving two CP Alpha propellers giving a service speed of 22 knots. Auxiliary power is provided by one 1,540kW MAN 7L21/31 and three 1,320kW MAN 6L21/31 medium speed diesel gensets. In addition, the vessels have two 3.1MW shaft generators installed.Steering is by means of two Becker flap type rudders assisted by two 3,000kW Wärtsilä bow thrusters. A pair of Mitsubishi fin stabilisers is fitted to improve passenger comfort.
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