Damen Mangalia Shipyard received an order for the construction of two hybrid ferries for Seaspan Ferries Co. Each of the two innovative vessels has a length of 149 meters, and was designed to allow loading and transportation in color with a total length of 1,034 meters.
The ferries will be equipped with 2 megawatts battery packs, but will also allow the storage of more than 200 cubic meters of natural liquefied natural gas GNC in order to reduce CO2 emissions, according to the Ministry of Economy. The two ships will enter Seaspan Ferries as part of the company’s fleet replacement program.
“We are very excited to build these two hybrid propulsion systems for Seaspan Ferries and we are proud that such a trustworthy operator has decided to choose Damen for this project. We believe this is the start of an excellent partnership with a huge potential for the future, “said Damen’s sales manager Leo Postma.
Vessels will be classified by Bureau Veritas and will be operational in 2021, their construction will start at Damen Mangalia Shipyard this year. The two companies have worked closely to ensure that new ships meet the strict safety, performance and operating standards required to provide optimal service to Seaspan Ferries customers.
“Damen has worked hard to win this project, and Seaspan Ferries is delighted to associate with them at their new site in Mangalia, Romania. The shipyard has a good reputation for quality and has the workforce and infrastructure needed to build these complex ships for Seaspan Ferries. Damen is working closely with Seaspan to ensure that ships reach their top capabilities and Seaspan Ferries is looking forward to working with the Damen team on this exciting project, “says Harly Penner, director of Fleet Engineering & Vessel Development at Seaspan Ferries.
Ships in figures:
– Length: 149m;
– Tape color: 1034m;
– Tip: Roll-on / roll-off;
– Power supply: 209 cubic meters natural gas liquefied onboard, 2MWh battery capacity;
– Propulsion engines, electrical panels, ESS and LNG storage: provided by MAN Energy Solutions;
– Propellers: supplied by Schottel Inc.