July 16, 1985 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Nippon Kokan Awarded Contract To Build Ferry For European Consortium

Nippon Kokan (NKK) recently received a contract from a Dutch/U.K. company to build a passenger/cargo ferry, the first such European order for the Japanese yard. The keel for the 1,250-passenger, roll-on/roll-off vessel will be laid at NKK's Tsurumi Works in the spring of 1986.

When completed in 1987, the 30,000-gt ferry will be operated by North Sea Ferries, a joint venture of Royal Nedlloyd Group N.V. of the Netherlands and the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company of the U.K., between Hull in England and Europort in Holland.

The contract was awarded by Hollandse Vrachtvaart Maatschappij B.V., a subsidiary of the Nedlloyd Group. A sister ship to operate on the same run will be built by the Govan shipyard in Scotland.

The ferries will have an overall length of 587 feet, beam of 83 feet, depth of 94 feet, and draft of 20 feet. Four diesel engines driving two shafts will have a total output of 26,000 bhp, providing a service speed of approximately 18.5 knots.

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