Danish naval architects, OSK-ShipTech has won a contract for the concept design for four recently ordered luxury ferries.
MSC Group and Onorato Armatori were behind the order for the four ropaxes to be built at Chinese shipyard, Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) (see ICSI News, 14th February).
OSK said it had benefited from a longstanding relationship with the shipowners and shipyard, which resulted in this project.
“Our two largest clients are now doing business together, so to us, this is a dream scenario, where we are appointed designers on the basis of earlier projects and long-term successful co-operation with all parties. This is such a significant project, and this order is a fantastic opportunity to bring our competencies, the yard’s strength and the owners’ joint pool of many years’ of experience, into play,” said Anders Ørgård (pictured), CCO of OSK Group.
Each ropax will each have a capacity of 3,765 lane meters and will be fitted with 536 cabins to accommodate 2,500 pax in total. The accommodation will be designed based on passenger needs and spaciousness. The ferries will also be LNG-ready and fitted with the latest technologies for energy optimisation.
Italian operator GNV, a subsidiary of the MSC Group, will take delivery of two of the ferries, while the other two will be delivered to Onorato Armatori. The contract includes an option for another four ferries of the same type.
“Both in Danish standards, but on a global scale as well, this is in any possible way a significant order in the current ropax market. The fact that OSK-ShipTech is on board a contract of this size is something we are very proud of and goes to show that we are now amongst the few designers globally who are relevant when it comes to the world’s largest design projects,” said OSK Group CEO, Jacob Thygesen.
The first of the four ferries is scheduled for delivery to GNV in 2021