In the afternoon of February 18, 2012, Mr. Qiu Shuquan, Director/Vice General Manager of Afai Southern, and Mr. Richard, Contracting Manager of Damen Group, signed a shipbuilding contract of one 36m aluminum alloy ferry in Guangzhou.
This vessel is the first one of DFF3609 project, will be propelled by twin main engines and twin propellers, with the overall length of 36.28m, beam of 9.7m, design speed of 27 knots, can carry 195 people, is scheduled to deliver at the end of February of 2013.
Afai Southern Shipyard Ltd, founded in 1992, located at the western side of Panyu Bridge of South China Expressway at Guangzhou, China, and the south bank of Pearl River main channel, is the largest-scale and the most advanced manufacturer of jumbo aluminum alloy ships at present in China and Southeast Asia. The shipyard, on the basis of the introduced production technology of high-tech wave piercing type of High Speed Aluminum Alloy Catamaran Ferry from Australia, can manufacture high speed aluminum alloy vessels and provide services for the customers worldwide with her innovatory technical management and consummate construction techniques.
World Maritime News Staff, February 23, 2012; Image: Afai Southern