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Monday, September 2, 2019 

Knud E Hansen of Denmark has released its newest, groundbreaking design, a 154m ro-pax that can transport up to 1500 passengers and 440 cars.

The vessel boasts an additional 657 lane meres for trucks and trailers. Its manoeuvring and docking capabilities make it well suited to the Mediterranean market.

The ship 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 48MW and are fuelled by MDO. There are two tunnel thrusters located at the bow which, combined with azipods, allow the vessel to move laterally without any forward or aft motion, a very desirable feature for mooring. There is also 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 that are accessed via fixed ramps. Deck 4 comprises a hoistable car deck at the forward end that spans over 50m and can be raised to allow for additional truck loading. Deck 5 includes an additional car deck accessed via a hoistable ramp on the starboard side.

Decks 5 through 7 are devoted to passenger accommodation and public spaces which are suited for both day voyages and overnight passages. There are a total of 112 twin-occupancy, en suite cabins with the majority facing outboard. Deck 6 features a self-service restaurant, bar, two lounges, internet café, reception and shopping area. There is an open observation deck on Deck 5 forward as well as sun decks on Decks 6 through 8 aft, all with exterior seating.

The wheelhouse is located on Deck 8 along with 41 single-occupancy crew/officer cabins as well dining and recreation facilities for staff. The vessel has two passenger lifts providing access to all vehicle and accommodation decks as well as one service lift. Unique to this vessel is a dedicated heli-pad located on the top deck.

The vessel is certified as EuroClass Type A 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 in-house, with utmost importance on safety, efficiency and design ingenuity. Interior design has been developed in corporation with partner B33, which adds a simplistic, Nordic touch to the decor.

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