Sulzer ZA40 Diesels Will Power Two Ferries Ordered In U.K. And Japan

North Sea Ferries, a joint operation between P&O of the United Kingdom and Nedlloyd of the Netherlands, has chosen Wartsila/Sulzer ZA40 medium-speed diesef engines for the two new cruise ferries con- tracted for in the U.K. and Japan. A total of eight engines will be supplied, with four the U.K.-built vessel manufactured by Clark Kincaid Ltd.

Each ferry will have two ninecylinder and two six-cylinder ZA40 main engines with a combined output of 21,600 bhp at 580 rpm. These engines will be installed in a "father/son" arrangement driving two propellers, giving wide flexibility in engine operation to suit sailing schedules. Service speed of the ferries will be 18.5 knots.

Intended for North Sea Ferries' Hull-Rotterdam service, these 31,000-grt ferries will be built by Govan Shipbuilders in the U.K. and Nippon Kokan in Japan, with both scheduled to enter service in the spring of 1987.

Among the largest ferries in the world, one is notable for being the largest passenger ship to be built in the U.K. for almost 20 years. With an overall length of 587.26 feet, beam of 80.38 feet, and draft of about 20 feet, each ferry will have a capacity for 1,258 passengers. Three vehicle decks will accommodate either 180 trailers, 580 cars, or some combination of both. Provision will be made for a variety of special cargoes, including heavy lift unit loads of up to 180 tons.

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