First steel cutting for the construction of modern, car – passenger ferry ordered by Canadian Owner – the largest passenger ferry operator in North America and the second largest in the world was started in Remontowa Shipbuilding on 16th of January 2015.
The contract is executed as a result of completion of an extensive competitive bidding process to build three new intermediate class vessels.
In the race to obtain the contract our Shipyard has beaten rivals from Norway, Germany, Canada and Turkey. Beyond doubt, a vital factor was Remontowa Shipbuilding’s vast experience in building car-passenger ferries. So far we have built more than 30 vessels of this type, half of which is powered by LNG. Thanks to next order placed by our Canadian Client this amount will increase byanother three state of the art units soon.
Contract includes not only design, construction, outfitting and carrying out of complete trial program but delivery of the vessels to the home port as well.
First of them will be passed to the Owner in half of next year. Each of the vessels will be capable of taking on board 150 personal cars and 600 passengers. The vessels were designed from scratch by the Design Office Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting – a member of the Remontowa Holding. They will comply with rules and regulations of both the classification society i.e. Lloyd’s Register, who will supervise the building process, and the government agenda i.e. Transport Canada.
The “first steel cutting” is the milestone ending the phase of technical investigations, as well as starting real construction of the ship, so It is not surprisingthat the ceremony was attended by numerous representatives of BC Ferries from Canada.