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Strategic Marine:

Innovative Quality

By Alan Haig-Brown s ferry operators search for The pure LNG engines from MTU ef? ciency to reduce pollut- will be installed via soft patches on the ants and operating costs, the vehicle deck over the engine compart-

A importance of design, qual- ments, after the boats arrive in Europe. ity construction, and ef? cient propulsion “Instead of bringing the engines to the become ever more important. Such is boats we are bringing the boats to meet clearly the case with the Netherlands- the engines,” explained Strategic Ma- based ferry operator Rederij Doeksen, rine’s General Manager Mike Bell. Each whose two BMT Nigel Gee designed MTU 16-cylinder pre-production Series ferries are currently under construction 4000 gas engine will deliver power to a at Strategic Marine’s Vietnam yard for pair of highly ef? cient counter rotating

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited can accommodate vessels up operations between Harlingen on the azimuthing ? xed-pitch propellers. to 82,500 tonnes and over 300 m in length. Equipped workshops, mainland and the islands of Terschelling Mike Bell takes justi? able pride in secure storage, large fabrication lay down areas, and Vlieland. in the Netherlands’ Wad- Strategic Marine’s Vietnam shipyard be- /1*FOHDQURRPDQGIXUQLVKHGRtFHVDUHDYDLODEOHRQVLWH den Sea. As this is a UNESCO world ing selected for this challenging state-of- heritage site, there was a strong incentive the-art project. “We have had a yard in

LRQA CERTIFICATIONS: OHSAS 18001 / ISO 14001 / ISO 9001 I.S.P.S. Compliant / GTT APPROVED to minimize any environmental impact. Singapore with about 100 employees and

The all–aluminum 70-meter catama- a very high reputation for quality, that rans did not have speed as their primary builds boats up to 50 meters. Our yard in objective however the rounded ef? cient Vietnam, with 1000 employees, is much underwater pro? le allowed an increase larger and has capacities for vessels the from 12 knots for the present ferry to size of this ferry and larger. We have been 14 knots for the new vessel without in- in operating there for nearly ten years creased wake in the shallow sea. Rederij now and our quality, from engineering to

Doeksen Managing Director Paul Melles welding, is absolutely world class.” explained the design selection process The Strategic Marine’s yards have re- for the ferries at the recent Interferry cently delivered a wide range of craft

Confernce. Apart from wake discomfort from their Generation 3 crew boats, to a to the many small pleasure boats that sail 36-meter Incat Crowther-designed luxury this world heritage site, there is also a ferry for New Caledonia. Presently under concern to avoid eroding the sand banks construction includes a 42-meter catama- that line much of the shore. ran for Taiwan and an 84-meter ro-pax

The new ferries, each with a capac- catamaran, both scheduled for a 2018 ity for 592 passengers and 66 cars, are delivery to Taiwanese and European cus- nearing completion at Strategic Marine’s tomers respectively. Winning the 70-me-

Vietnam shipyard. They will then be ter pure LNG ferry for Rederij Doeksen loaded onto a heavy lift ship together is the yard’s crowning accomplishment to and delivered to the Netherlands. At that date. “We are already hearing from poten- point their interiors and all components tial customers interested in LNG ferries,” will be complete, the LNG tanks will be Mike Bell said at the recent Interferry installed and, except for engines, they Conference in Croatia, “And we expect




TREATMENT will be ready to go. more interest once it is in service.”


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