Launching, Double Christening At Flender Werft

On December 7, 2001, two ferries were christened and one was launched by German Shipyard Flender Werft.

K a t e r i n a Panagopulos, who is the National Ambassador of Greece to the Council of Europe for Sports. Tolerance and Fairplay, and is also the wife of Pericles Panagopulos, Chairman of Attica Enterprises S.A. christened the RoRo Pax Ferry Superfast XI. Subsequently, Julie McLeish, wife of the former First Minister of Scotland Rt. Hon Henry McLeish MSP, named the sister vessel "Superfast XII" prior to its launching. Having the newbuilding number 682 and 683, the ships are being built for the Greek-based company Attica Enterprises S.A.

The fast twin-screw vessels, which were launched on August 3. developed by the yard are built as per the Rules and Regulations and under supervision of the classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The ships can carry 1,550 passengers, and offer 2.000 lane meters for RoRo cargo as well as space for about 100 other vehicles. Loading and unloading of the ship is done via three stern ramps, and traveling stairs and elevators facilitate access of the passengers to the passenger decks.The j ships are propelled by four Wartsila main engines having an output of totally 48,000 kW via double gear onto two CP propeller systems. In order to reduce exhaust gas emissions, the main engines are equipped with a water injection device. Service speed of the ships will be nearly 30 knots, while full speed will be more than 31 knots. Two semi-balanced rudders as well as two bowthrusters and one stern thruster ensure optimum maneuverability. The ships' optimized seakeeping characteristics are enhanced by a heeling stabilizer system and additional tin stabilizers.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Jan 2002 J. FRED SPENCER

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