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Feature Vessel

Largest Spanish RoPax Enters Service IZAR Hosts Keel Laying Of LNG Carrier

The largest Spanish flagged RoPax ferry, named Fortuny, has been deliv- ered by IZAR's Puerto Real shipyard to the Spanish shipowner Trasmediter- ranea. The contract for the construction of this ferry was landed by Puerto Real yard, formerly part of Astilleros

Espanoles group, on July 30, 1999. The new ferry has become the fastest vessel to join the owner's fleet, with a 23.5 knot speed on the engines' 85 percent contin- uous service rating.

On trials, the vessel reached a top speed or more than 25 knots. Propulsion power is supplied by four 7.240 kW diesel engines rated at 500 rpm, coupled by pairs to two shaft lines and two CP propellers. Maneuvering equipment includes two 1.000 kW bow-tunnel thrusters.

With an overall length of 566 ft. (172 m), a breadth of 86 ft. (26.2 m) and a depth of 20 ft. (6.2 m), the ferry is also the largest in Trasmediterranea's fleet.

The vessel has a capacity to carry 1,000 passengers, part of them in 200 cabins.

Accommodation is also provided for 71 crew.

The ship incorporates spacious and comfortable public areas and includes restaurants, shops, nursery school, swimming pools (even an indoor winter pool), sauna, jacuzzis, solarium, gym, cinema, disco, and several bars and lounges.

Of the vessel's total 25,000 sq. m. built area, 10,000 sq. m. are exclusively occu- pied by passenger and crew spaces. The vessel has a freight capacity of 1,800 lane meters, equivalent to 80 trucks and 336 cars. The rolling cargo area com- prises three decks.

The ship satisfies all the latest safety regulations. Large area fin stabilizers and an active anti-heeling system have been incorporated. This vessel com- pletes the fleet renewal program of

Spain's leading shipping company.

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Main particulars

Length, (o.a.) 566 ft. (172.6 m)

Length, (b.p.) 515 ft. (157 m)

Breadth, molded 86 ft. (26.2 m)

Depth to main deck 30 ft. (9.2 m)

Deadweight, design 5,000 dwt

Draft, design 20.3 ft. (6.2 m)

Speed, trials at 85 percent MCR 23.5knots

ClassificationBV Class 13/3 + E Ferry, Deep sea, AUT-

PORT-F, Short International Voyages, 1100 persons,

SOLAS 1997, Stockholm Agreement

Main engines 4 x 7240 kW @ 500 rpm

Propellers 2 cpp

Passenger 1,000 in Cabins 748

VIP class 64

Tourist class 660

Disabled people 24

Complement 71

Truck lane length 1,809 m

Car lane length 830 m


Two stern, One 48 m x 3.5 m interna] ramp

Rudders 2 semi-spade type

Thrusters x bow tunnel

Steering gear Electro-hydraulic

Stabilizers Retractable, hydraulic

Roll reduction .. .85/90 percent at service condition

Jose Silveira, chairman of Elcano attended the LNG keel laying at IZAR's Puerto Real yard.

The keel was laid last month for the first of three LNG carriers being built at

IZAR Puerto Real yard for Elcano for servicing the transport of natural gas from Repsol's concession in Trinidad

Tobago to Spain.

The operators for the remainder of the

LNG series that is being constructed at

IZAR Sestao yard, will be Knutsen OAS

Shipping and Naviera Tapias.

Scheduled to enter service in 2003, the vessel series was recently enlarged with a fourth order, placed by Spanish power company Union Fenosa.

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