Knud E. Hansen unveils new 212m Ro-Pax design

Knud E. Hansen has unveiled images of a new Ro-Pax ferry design capable of transporting 700 passengers and 390 cars as well as 2,955 lane metres for trucks and trailers.

The vessel will have a service speed of 23 knots and can operate close to optimum engine load, even at slow speeds. The two main engines will have a combined power of approximately 25.6 MW and will be fuelled by marine diesel oil.

For the hotel load two gensets, each with a capacity of 1,500 kW, and a large battery bank, to power the vessel while dockside, will be provided. There will also be two 1,500kW tunnel thrusters with twin screw arrangement located at the bow.

The vessel will feature two car decks below the main deck, and two trailer decks above the main deck. The lower decks can be accessed via fixed ramps.

The main deck will give priority to trucks, which can be easily loaded via an extra-wide stern ramp. The upper trailer decks are accessed via a tiltable/hoistable ramp.

There will also be a dedicated passenger ramp at the stern with an escalator leading to the accommodation decks.

As an option, a hoistable car deck with a capacity of 390 cars can be arranged in the upper garage.

Decks six and seven will be devoted to passenger accommodation and public spaces.

There will be a total of 100 twin-occupancy, en suite cabins for passengers. Deck six will feature a self-service restaurant, bar lounge, air-seat lounge, a la carte restaurant, internet café, reception, and shopping area while deck eight will have an open passenger area with sun shades, a kiosk, and plenty of seating.

The wheelhouse will be located on deck eight along with 17 crew/officer cabins as well as dining and recreation facilities for all staff. A total of 21 double crew cabins will be arranged forward in the upper trailer garage.

The vessel will have two passenger lifts providing access to all vehicle and accommodation decks as well as one service lift that will connect the galley with the provision store on deck two.

The ferry will have an LOA of approximately 212 metres, a moulded beam of 28.5 metres, a design draught of 9.7 metres, and a deadweight of about 7,500 tonnes.

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