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Stena E-Flexer Côte d’Opale Delivered

Six weeks ahead of schedule, the RoPax vessel Côte d’Opale – Stena’s ? fth E-Flexer vessel from the China’s CMI Jinling (Weihai) – was delivered. Stena RoRo signed a long-term charter agreement with DFDS, and the ship, at 214 meters, will become the longest ferry operating in the English Chan- nel. To date, Stena RoRo has ordered nine large RoPax vessels of the E-Flexer type, ? ve of which have now been delivered.

Côte d’Opale, measuring 214.5 x 27.8 m with a 6.4-m draft has the the capacity for 120 cars and 1,000 passengers. It will serve the Dover-Calais line as a day ferry. Instead of cabins, there are extra-large areas devoted to activities and passenger comfort. The bow and stern are especially designed to ? t the quayside facilities in both ports, and in addition, it is equipped with a third bow thruster to facilitate the many daily maneu-

Stena E-Flexer Côte d’Opale delivered.

vers in port.

Mitsubishi Launches Ferry Kyoto

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., held a christening and launch ceremony May 13 for the ? rst of two large ferries being built for Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technol- ogy Agency (JRTT) and Meimon Taiyo Ferry Co., Ltd. Deliv- ery is expected in December 2021. The ship is jointly owned by Meimon Taiyo Ferry and JRTT, an Incorporated Adminis- trative Agency to support the provision and maintenance of transport facilities and other infrastructure based on Japan’s transport policy. Ferry Kyoto measures 195 x 27.8m and is 20.3m deep, with gross tonnage of approximately 15,400. The largest ship ever operated by Meimon Taiyo Ferry, the ves- sel has passenger capacity for 675, and vehicle capacity for approximately 162 12-meter trucks and 140 passenger cars.

The propulsion plant uses a hybrid-type azimuth propulsion assist method, which combined with an air lubrication system achieves considerable energy ef? ciencies.

Ferry Kyoto will be delivered in December 2021.

Bureau Veritas AIP for “Trade Wings 2500”

The “Trade Wings 2,500” is a 197 x 32m, 32,500mt container- ship design with a capacity of 2,500 TEU, designed jointly by

VPLP Design, Alwena Shipping, SDARI, and AYRO. The de- sign received Approval in Principle (AIP) from Bureau Veri- tas. The design fosters the combination of a wind-assisted pro- pulsion with six Oceanwings with an LNG-electric propulsion with pods. The wingsails are installed on a vertical sliding mechanism to retract them partially while the vessel is in port, thus minimizing the impact on cargo operations. The LNG storage tank is based on GTT’ Mark III containment system and the LNG power plant is designed with pure gas 4-strokes gensets only. On a typical transatlantic route of 4,000 Nm, the

Trade Wings 2,500 is projected to save on average 35% CO2- equivalent emissions compared to a conventional design, with

Bureau Veritas MHI Stena a 2-stroke engine, single shaft and without wingsails, at the

Ferry Kyoto will be delivered in December 2021.

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