Knud E. Hansen Rolls Out New RoPax Design

RoPaxImage Courtesy: Knud E. Hansen

Danish marine consultancy Knud E. Hansen has unveiled its newest design of a 154-meter roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry that can transport up to 1,500 passengers and 440 cars.

As informed, the vessel has a service speed of 25 knots and can operate close to optimum engine load even at slow speeds due to its diesel electric propulsion plant and azimuthing pods.

The four engines have a combined power of approximately 48 Megawatts and are fueled by marine diesel oil (MDO).

There are also two tunnel thrusters located at the bow which, combined with the azipods, allow the vessel to move without any forward or aft motion. What is more, there is a large battery bank to power the vessel while dockside, allowing for zero emissions in port.

Boasting an additional 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers, the vessel features two car decks below the Main Deck that are accessed via fixed ramps. The Main Deck gives priority to trucks, which can be loaded via an extra-wide stern ramp. There is also a dedicated passenger ramp astern with an escalator leading to the accommodation decks.

According to the company, the vessel is certified as a EuroClass Type A ship and is fully SOLAS compliant. Knud E. Hansen aims to achieve the highest level of survivability with strict adherence to Safe Return to Port (SRtP) requirements through the inclusion of redundant, segregated power and propulsion systems as well as passenger safe havens and an auxiliary wheelhouse.

The ship’s maneuvering and docking capabilities make it suitable for the Mediterranean market, however, it can be also operated in a variety of locations and conditions worldwide, Knud E. Hansen noted.

Knud E. Hansen developed the interior design in cooperation with B33.

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