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DNV GL to provide classification services for new gas-ready ferries

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DNV GL has released a statement claiming that it has signed a contract with Stena Line to provide classification services for the company’s new RoPax ferries. The vessels will be constructed at AVIC Weihai shipyard in China, and will operate on short, international routes, with the first four vessels to operate on the company’s routes in Northern Europe. Each vessel will be capable of carrying 927 passengers and 73 crewmembers, and will have 3100 lane m in a drive through configuration. The ferries will be gas-ready, meaning that they are prepared to be powered by either methanol or LNG.

The Managing Director of Stena Line, Carl-Johan Hagman, said: “These ships will be the most fuel efficient ferries in the world and will set a new industry standard when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness, positioning Stena Line to support its customers in the next decades.

“During the course of the past 24 months, our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50% larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years.”

The CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, added: “We are very proud to have been selected by Stena Line for this exciting new project.

“That a quality focused and innovative owner like Stena Line has chosen to construct these vessels to the new DNV GL rule set clearly shows that our customers are responding to the possibilities created by the rules. We look forward to working with Stena Line, Deltamarin, AVIC and all the project partners to ensure the successful delivery of these highly efficient, future-ready vessels.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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