News 2011 › 2011-01-05
STX Finland hands over new ferry to P&O
STX Finland’s Rauma shipyard has handed over the first of two large car-passenger ferries ordered by P&O Ferries in 2008 for the latter’s Dover-Calais service. The combined cost of the two ships, €360 million, is the largest investment in P&O Ferries’ history.
The Spirit of Britain is a 49,000-tonne vessel, measuring 210 metres from bow to stern, and will be the largest ferry operating across the Dover Strait when she enters commercial service at the end of January. With 2,700 lane metres of vehicle space, she will have space for more than 180 trucks and up to 195 cars, as well 2,000 passengers. A sister ship, the Spirit of France, is due for delivery in the autumn.
Both ships will be highly environmentally friendly and incorporate significant advances thanks to a hydro-dynamically efficient hull form designed to optimise vessel performance with minimum fuel consumption.
That is around 12 times the size of the first ship to be delivered to Royal Caribbean by STX Finland’s predecessor back in 1970, and makes her and her sister ship the largest and most innovative cruise ships afloat today.
The new ship will be featured in an upcoming article here on HighTech Finland. Check back soon for details.
STX Finland is part of the STX Europe Group, a leading builder of cruise vessels, ferries, offshore, and other specialised vessels, with some 16,000 employees across Europe. See www.stxeurope.com for more information.
P&O Ferries links Britain with Ireland, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and operates a fleet of multi-purpose and freight ferries. See www.poferries.com for more details.