Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) has recently signed a contract with state-owned Algerian shipping company ENTMV for a large ropax newbuilding to be designed by Danish company OSK-ShipTech (OSK).
OSK said that it was already working on the approval design for the new Algerian passenger ferry, which will have a capacity for 1,800 pax, 180 crew and more than 600 cars.
The new ferry will sail between Algeria and Southern Europe, eg Marseille and Barcelona.
GSI has previously teamed up with OSK on the building of passenger ferries. For instance, GSI and OSK collaborated on the newly contracted cruise ferries for Moby and GNV, in which OSK also developed the design.
“China has a strong focus on the market of ropax ferries and newbuildings, and we are very proud that GSI once again are choosing us as designers. The ENTMV ferry is a dream project. We get to tailor the vessel completely so that it is fully optimised for the route – both with regard to design and operation as well as commercial flow and passenger experience. Hence, a project like this brings all our competences into play,” said Kristian Carøe Lind, OSK’s CTO.
The new ropax will be 200 m long, 30 m wide and will have a 6.7 m draught. The ferry will be fitted with four main engines, each 10.800 kW giving a service speed of 24 knots.
The ferry’s two car decks will hold over 600 cars on its more than 3,000 lane metres, and accommodation decks will be divided into Cabin- and Economy Class.