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Friday, February 7, 2020 

The latest design from Knud E Hansen of Denmark is an innovative 212m ro-pax ferry that can transport up to 700 passengers and 390 cars, with 2955 lane metres for trucks and trailers.

The layout and access arrangements are geared to the Mediterranean market although it is also suited for a variety of locations and operating conditions worldwide. The vessel has a service speed of 23 knots and can operate close to optimum engine load, even at slow speeds. The two propulsion engines have a combined power of about 25.6MW and are fuelled by MDO. For the hotel load two gensets, each about 1500kW are provided. There are two tunnel thrusters, each of 1500kW, located at the bow, which, combined with the twin screw arrangement gives a high degree of manoeuvrability, a desirable feature for Med-mooring. There is a large battery bank to power the vessel while dockside, allowing for zero emissions in port.

The vessel features two car decks below the main deck, and two trailer decks above the main deck. The lower decks are accessed via fixed ramps. The main deck gives priority to trucks, which can be easily loaded via an extra-wide stern ramp. The upper trailer decks are accessed via a tiltable/hoistable ramp. There is a dedicated passenger ramp at the stern with an escalator leading to the accommodation decks. As an option, a hoistable car deck with a capacity of 390 cars can be arranged in the upper garage. Decks 6 and 7 are devoted to passenger accommodation and public spaces, which are suited for both day voyages and overnight passages.

There is a total of 100 twin-occupancy, en suite cabins for passengers. The wheelhouse is located on Deck 8 along with 17 crew/officer cabins as well as dining and recreation facilities for all staff. 21 double crew cabins are arranged forward in the upper trailer garage. The vessel has two passenger lifts providing access to all vehicle and accommodation decks and one service lift.

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.

This design has been developed completely in-house, by the experienced staff of naval architects, marine engineers and designers at Knud E. Hansen, who place the utmost importance on safety, efficiency and design ingenuity.

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