New RoPax ferry with battery designed

Danish-based consultancy Knud E. Hansen has  designed a 212-metre RoPax ferry with a large battery bank to power it while dockside, allowing for zero emissions in port. The vessel can transport up to 700 passengers and 390 cars

A RoPax rendering

Elsinore (Denmark) - Danish-based consultancy Knud E. Hansen has  designed a 212-metre RoPax ferry with a large battery bank to power it while dockside, allowing for zero emissions in port. The vessel can transport up to 700 passengers and 390 cars.
 
The vessel also boasts 2.955 lane metres for trucks and trailers. The layout and access arrangements makes it an ideal choice for the Mediterranean market although it is also well suited for a variety of locations and operating conditions worldwide.
 
The vessel has a service speed of 23 knots and can operate close to optimum engine load, even at slow speeds. The two propulsion engines have a combined power of approximately 25.6 Megawatts and are fueled by marine diesel oil (MDO). For the hotel load two gensets, each abt. 1500 Kilowatts are provided. There are also two tunnel thrusters, each abt. 1500 Kilowatts, located at the bow, which, combined with the twin screw arrangement gives a high degree of maneuverability, a very desirable feature for Med-mooring.
 
It features two car decks below the main deck, and two trailer decks above the main deck. The lower decks are accessed via fixed ramps. The main deck gives 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 is also 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 6 and 7 are devoted to passenger accommodation and public spaces, which are well suited for both day voyages and overnight passages.
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