The new passenger ferry will operate in Finland, Turku Archipelago, on the Korpo - Houtskär route, of which the length and challenging ice conditions will set special requirements to the performance of the vessel. In addition, the vessel will be constructed in accordance with the safety regulations defined in the EU shipbuilding directive and it will be the first vessel to reach the new generation safety level.
Particular attention has been given to the double ended ferry's efficiency by minimising the docking time of the vessel by using wide bow and stern ramps and by designing the ferry as a two ended vessel, meaning that it can run both directions. A diesel-electric power plant propulsion engine, which utilises Z drive rudder propellers at both ends of the ship, was selected as the propulsion for the vessel.
The new double ended ferry will start to operate at the beginning of 2013 and it will accommodate 250 passengers, three trucks with tandem trailers and 39 cars. The modern passenger compartments on the vessel enable the offering of new services to the passengers and they are also designed to serve passengers with reduced mobility.
"This order reinforces the leading position of STX Finland in the development and building of customer-oriented and technologically advanced types of ships." explains Timo Suistio, Shipyard Director at the STX Rauma shipyard. "We are proud and grateful for having the opportunity to offer our customer Finferries a competitive full solution that incorporates all our strengths", Suistio continues.
For further information, please contact:
Timo Suistio, Director, STX Rauma Shipyard, tel. +358 10 670 4500
Juha Heikinheimo, President, STX Finland Oy, tel. +358 10 670 2201
Image and press release available at: www.stxeurope.com - Media Centre - Download Centre -
User ID: stxeurope, Password: group
STX Finland Oy has three shipyards in Finland, Turku shipyard, Rauma shipyard and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, of which STX Finland Oy owns 50%. STX Finland's subsidiaries include Aker Arctic Technology Oy and STX Cabins Oy, among others. The company belongs to the STX Europe Group, an international shipbuilding group with a product range including passenger ships, ferries, offshore services vessels and specialized vessels. STX Europe has approximately 16,000 employees. www.stxeurope.com
STX Europe's principal shareholder, the Korean based international industrial group STX Business Group, 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.
Government-owned Finferries, operates on 39 different ferry locations ranging from the Archipelago to Inner Finland. Finferries was detached from Destia and formed a separate company in 1.1.2010. Approximately 5 million vehicles and 10 million passengers are transported by Finferries annually.