Kockums Yard To Build Universal Ferry For Polish Shipping Company

Kockums AB in Malmo, Sweden, and the state-owned Polish shipping company Polska Zeguga Baltycka (PZB) in Kolobrzeg have reached an agreement for the construction of an advanced universal ferry to be delivered in the middle of 1987. The order, worth about 400-million Swedish Kronor ($48.7 million) fits well into Kockums' present production program. The ferry is intended for transportation of railway freight cars, trucks, cars, and passengers, and will operate between Swinoujscie, Poland, and Ystad in the south of Sweden.

The choice of main propulsion machinery is pending. Both conventional diesels and a propulsion plant that includes two coal-fired boilers and two four-cylinder steam engines are being considered. If the steam alternative is selected, it will be achieved through close technical cooperation between PZB and Kockums.

The universal ferry, with an overall length of 508.5 feet and beam of 85.3 feet, has two cargo decks. One is intended for railcars and trucks; the other is suitable for trucks and cars. The latter can also be accommodated in hoistable decks. The vessel will have a capacity for more than 500 passengers.

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