Successful launch of new ro-pax
The second of our new combined ferry for the Baltics was launched at the Guangzhou Shipyard on 13 November
Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. Fortunately this is not the case in China. So despite of the date we were confident that the launch of our second ro-pax newbuilding for the Baltics at the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) would be a success story.
The launching ceremony took place at 10:30AM local time in China under a beautiful blue sky with participation from our good site team as can be seen from the pictures.
“Leading to the launching, thew site team was very busy getting everything in place and assist the yard in ensuring a good level of quality for the last below-waterline welding seams, hull surface protection jobs and painting of the ballast and void tanks,” says Jacob Johannesen, Deputy project Manager.
“The hull will now be towed to the outfitting pier and GSI shipyard will be working in parallel on both ships where machinery and onboard systems will be finalized, cabins put onboard and public spaces built.”
DFDS ordered the two combined freight and passenger ferries for our Baltic route network in 2018. They are 230 metres long and will each have a capacity of 4,500 lane metres for trucks and cars, and with their 250 passenger cabins and large, comfortable public areas, the ships will offer a new state-of-the-art travel experience for passengers crossing the Baltic Sea.