The Spirit of Britain will be the largest ferry operating in the English Channel. The 47,600-gt vessel is 213 meters long and has a capacity of 3,746 lane meters (lm) for trailers, cars and other cargo. In addition to space for approx. 180 freight trucks and 195 passenger cars, the vessel can accommodate 2,000 passengers.
STX Rauma shipyard specialises in designing and building state-of-the-art car-passenger ferries. The hull of the Spirit of Britain has been optimised for the vessel's specific route to ensure maximum performance and good manoeuvring characteristics. The latest and most advanced technology was applied in the design and construction of this vessel. Special attention was paid to environmentally friendly and energy-efficient solutions and safety. The vessel delivered from STX Rauma shipyard is the first car-passenger ferry in the world to meet IMO's Safe Return to Port requirements and comply with the requirements of the Green Passport of classifying society Lloyd's Register.
"We are very proud of the ship that has now been completed. The Spirit of Britain is clear proof of the superior expertise of STX Rauma shipyard in the building of modern and technically demanding car-passenger ferries. I want to extend a warm thank you to the owner and all those involved in the project - STX's own personnel and the numerous cooperating partners and subcontractors", states the Director of STX Rauma shipyard, Timo Suistio. "P&O Ferries now has a very efficient and powerful vessel for its Dover - Calais route. The ship will receive plenty of positive attention worldwide and it is an exceptional reference of the expertise and reliability of STX Rauma shipyard", Suistio concludes.
For further information, please contact: Timo Suistio, Director, STX Rauma shipyard, tel. 0400 723 942
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STX Finland Oy has three shipyards in Finland, located in Turku, Rauma and Helsinki(50%). The company belongs to the international STX Europe Group, which aims to be the leading builder of cruise vessels, ferries, offshore and other specialized vessels. The group has a strong position in terms of developing state-of-the-art concepts, technology, processes and products for customers around the world. STX Europe has approximately 16,000 employees. www.stxeurope.com STX Europe's principal shareholder, the international industrial group STX, has approximately 54 000 employees and aims to be a global top player in its core areas; shipping and trade, shipbuilding and machineries, plant and construction, and energy.
P&O Ferries is the leading ferry operator with a network of 10 routes linking Britain with Ireland, France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. The company operates a fleet of 27 ferries and employs 4,500 people. It is part of Ports & Freezone World, a company ultimately owned by the Government of Dubai.