Icebreaker/Passenger Ferry To Be Built By Marystown Yard In Newfoundland

This spring, Marystown Shipyard in Newfoundland is expected to start construction of a combined icebreaker and passenger ferry, with backing from Swedish icebreaking expertise.

The provincial Department of Works, Services and Transportation ordered the $20 million vessel to link Fogo Island off the northern coast with the main island, a trip that covers about 15 nautical miles.

The newbuilding will replace a conventional ice-strengthened ferry which requires support from a Canadian Government icebreaker in February-March, when local temperatures can fall to minus 20 degrees C.

GVA Consultants of Gothenburg has supported design work on the new vessel and compiled the lines plan and advised on all ice-specific machinery and systems.

Specifications call for a speed of 1.5 knots through ice one meter thick, six knots in 0.5 meters of ice and 11 knots in open water.

In order to meet this requirement, twin propellers coupled via gears to separate diesel engines are to be installed. In summer, the ship can run on a single propeller backed by angling the rudder to make optimum use of engine power.

Delivery of the newbuilding is scheduled for spring 1992 from the Marystown yard, which has built several ice-strengthened ferries in the past.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Mar 1991

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