Rauma-Repola To Build Two RO/RO Vessels For Finncarriers

Rauma-Repola's Rauma Shipyard in Finland has entered into a contract with Finland Steamship Company and Merivienti OY of Helsinki for construction of two 12,000-dwt, R O / R O cargo vessels. The ships will enter regular service between Finland and the United Kingdom in 1982. This service is a joint operation between Finland S t e a m s h i p and Finnlines Ltd., and is marketed by their jointly owned Finncarriers.

Until now, sailings to and from the U.K. from Finland have been provided by much smaller ships.

Besides being the largest of their type on this trade route, the 12,000-dwt carriers will be the biggest RO/RO vessels ever built by Rauma-Repola.

Classification will be to Lloyd's Register of Shipping +100 Al, + LMC, with the machinery automated to comply with UMS requirements.

The vessels also will meet the Finnish Ice Class 1A Super standards. The 12,000 deadweight is on the maximum draft of 8.3 meters (27.23 feet), although the normal trading deadweight will be 8,000 tons at a draft of 7.2 meters (23.62 feet).

The ships will have an overall length of 155 meters, beam of 25 meters, and depth to shelter deck of 22.2 meters (508.5 by 82 by 72.8 feet).

Two main engines coupled through reduction gearing to one controllable-pitch p r o p e l l e r will permit running on either one or two engines to optimize speed for either urgent or less urgent transport requirements. Propulsion machinery comprises a pair of Wartsila Wartsila/ S.E.M.T. P i e l s t i c k diesels, each developing 8,850 bhp (6,600 kw) maximum continuous rating at 520 rpm. They will provide a speed of 18.5 knots at a deadweight of 8,000 tons and engine output of 74 percent of the mcr.

With the ship running on one engine at 80 percent of mcr the speed will be 15 knots.

The cargo holds on the main deck and lower hold have a total area of about 3,700 square meters, a height of 6.3 meters, and a lane length of 1,200 meters.

They are strengthened for an even load of 5 tons per square meter, a fork lift truck of 60/50 tons, and trailer weight of 50 tons per 40-foot unit.

Covered cargo space above upper deck is designed for RO/RO cargoes, and has a total area of 2,700 square meters, height of 4.5 meters, and lane length of 900 meters. This deck is strengthened for an even load of 2 tons per square meter.

Fully air-conditioned accommodations are arranged in spacious single cabins away from noise and vibrations. Each cabin is provided with toilet / shower unit.

There are also larger cabins for families, and double cabins for 12 drivers.

Two sauna baths are provided, as well as a swimming pool, gymnasium, and hobby room.

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