Cammell Laird reveals new ropaxdesign

2019-06-17T11:33:21+00:00 June 17th, 2019|Ships|

Merseyside-based shipyard Cammell Laird has launched a new specially designed ropax ferry.
At last week’s Nor-Shipping, Cammell Laird released a picture preview of the commercial sensitive design ahead of a formal launch later this year.
Cammell Laird’s project director Andy Askham said the company believed its design will prove attractive to an ‘underserved market’.
“The ferry industry is crying out for innovation and green-friendly solutions,” he said. “Our new ropax design will be in the segment of the market where there will be a lot of demand for the next decade.
“From our discussions with various owners, we have seen real interest in our design that thrusts environmental innovation, fuel efficiency and comfort to the forefront of the future ferry market. The global ferry fleet is aging and in need of replacing while ferry building supply, certainly at a sophisticated level, is stretched in Europe in terms of spare capacity,” he said.
Askham said Cammell Laird will be marketing the ropax design based on its extensive experience and pedigree in the ferry market dating back decades.
“Owners have a degree of confidence in Cammell Laird following a series of newbuild jobs we have undertaken for the likes of Red Funnel and Western Ferries,” he said. “The ‘Red Kestrel’ freight ferry we built this year for Red Funnel is a strong example of how Cammell Laird can build to a bespoke design.
“In addition, we are currently building the RRS ‘Sir David Attenborough’ Polar research ship, one of the most advanced vessels of its kind ever built. This showcases the incredible skills and expertise we have in the shipyard – and we won this ship and the ‘Red Kestrel’ contract against fierce international competition.
“Cammell Laird can further demonstrate its expertise through the drydocking and repairs we undertake for many ferries each year for a wide variety of customers, including Stena, P & O, Seatruck Ferries, Irish Ferries, Mersey Ferries, Calmac and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. We know the ferry market extremely well and believe it is ripe for a genuinely attractive new vessel design offering the most modern features,” he said.
Askham also revealed that Cammell Laird was working on the design now with an international design house ahead of the formal launchplanned for later this year.