Remontowa Shipbuilding has recently commenced execution of the contract for the construction of two modern double-ended car and passenger ferries on order from Estonian owner Port of Tallinn. To mark this, on February 20, the first cutting of steel plates for the construction of the first of the two mentioned ships took place at Remontowa Shipbuilding, member of Remontowa Holding.
The official ceremony was attended by representatives of the management and newbuilding supervision team of the Owners, Remontowa Shipbuilding and Remontowa Holding and signalized by the presence of Urve Palo, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia. It was an active presence, as Ms. Urve Palo has started the plasma cutting machine herself for its first job with steel plates for the new ferry.
The contract was won by Remontowa Shipbuilding in fierce competition from several renowned shipyards taking part in tendering process. The most decisive factor behind choosing Remontowa was its vast experience in passenger ships construction and its renown among European and US owners. Remontowa Shipbuilding has built some 50 car and passenger ferries of various sizes, propulsion types and fuels so far.
The two new ferry boats for Port Tallinn are being constructed under supervision of the DNV GL classification society. The ferries are to be 114 meters in length and to accommodate 150 cars or ten road trains. The ferries will have 600 passenger seats and will be equipped with life-saving devices for the same number of persons.
The diesel engine ferries have been designed so that the main engines of the vessels can in the future be replaced by engines running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) provided that the necessary infrastructure is in place.