High-Speed Ferry For Hong Kong Owner Launched At Vosper Thornycroft Yard

A double ceremony took place recently at Vosper Thornycroft (UK) Limited's Portchester Shipyard involving two high-speed ferries being built for Hong Kong owners. Mrs. Rosemary Lamont, wife of MP Norman Lamont, Minister of State for Industry, named the J u Kong and launched the Cheung Kong. These names were selected to represent the two large rivers in China, the Pearl aitd the Yang Tze, respectively.

The two vessels are being built for Hong Kong owners Nuirhill Limited and New Hey Limited, each company being the customer for one ship. They will be used on the important Hong Kong to Macao route, and will utilize new terminal facilities under construction in both ports.

Overall length of the vessels is 205 feet with a beam of 33.5 feet.

They will have a displacement of about 500 tons and a speed of 27x/2 knots. Facilities will be provided for up to 700 passengers; crew will number about 20.

The final design for these highspeed ferries is the culmination of several years of research and development.

The overall philosophy for the project has been to provide the utmost in passenger comfort, entertainment, and safety. Seating for the passengers has been specially designed and manufactured in the U.K. using the latest biotechnological concepts for maximum seagoing comfort.

Additional care has been taken in every aspect of the vessel planning to insure a minimum of noise and vibration, along with the installation of the latest in rolldampening equipment, to make riding the new vessels a most pleasurable experience. All accommodation spaces are fully air conditioned, and ample food and beverage services will be available on all three decks.

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