This fast RoPax Ferry was designed and built by the premier shipyard of Spain in 1997. She was built to Det Norske Veritas Class DNV + 1A1 HSLC R1 Passenger Car Ferry A E). The vessel has high speed, deep-V hull form, all aluminum construction, and she is powered by conventional medium speed diesel engines.
Notable features include:
Under the vehicle deck the vessel is divided into 9 watertight compartments longitudinally. The current deck configuration offers capacity for 1250 passengers on 2 decks, 238 cars (or 217 cars + 4 coaches) on 2 decks and a separate bridge deck above the passenger deck.
The 2 passengers decks afford panoramic views with large central shopping areas, bars and other amenities.
The vehicle decks have 2 Kvaerner stern door ramps. One ramp can load and discharge from the main vehicle deck while the other is used for the upper vehicle deck. A drive-around system enables the cars to board through one door and disembark through the other. A full turnaround can be achieved in 35 minutes.
The vessel is powered by 6 x Caterpillar 3616 medium speed engines each rated at 5,650 kW.
The engines are located in 2 engine rooms (3 abreast) with the 4 outboard engines
driving KaMeWa 112 SII steering and reversing water jets through a Reintjes VLJ 5520 gearbox. The two inboard engines are linked to a KaMeWa 140 BII booster water jet through a Reintjes DVLJ 5530 gearbox. Applied Composites (composite) shafts facilitate weight savings over steel shafts of around 12 tons and Geislinger composite couplings link them.
2 x 25kN contra-rotating bow thrusters can be used when maneuvering. Seakeeping is optimized by a Maritime Dynamics Inc. (Vosper Thornycroft) ride control system featuring 2 m2 nylon stabilizer fins and 2 x 4.5 m2 trim tabs. Auxiliary power is supplied by 3 x Caterpillar 3412T diesel engines driving 3 x 437kVA generators.
She is officially listed today as the world’s:
DIMENSIONS & CAPACITIES
Length Overall .... 412’
Beam (m)...... 18.70
Draft – loaded (m).... 2.44
Gross Tonnage....... 7895
Deadweight (ton)...... 475
PERFORMANCE & POWER
Maximum Speed .. 42 knots
Service Speed .. 38 knots
Sea keeping...... Maritime Dynamics Inc (MDI) Stabilizer Fins & Trim Tabs
Main Engines...... 6 x Caterpillar 16V 3616 (5,650 kW each)
Water jet...... 5 x KaMeWa (4 x 112 SII + 1 x 140 BII)
Main Generators.... 3 x Caterpillar 3412T
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