Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

107 Order table extend as necessary Operator Vessel Yard Pax Del. estimate Onorato Armatori Group Moby Legacy Guangzhou Shipyard International 2,500 2023 P&O P&O Liberté Guangzhou Shipyard International 1,500 2023 Finnlines Finncanopus CMI Jinling Weihai 1,100 Q4 2023 TT-Line Company Spirit of Tasmania IV Rauma Marine Constructions 1,200 Q1 2024 TT-Line Company Spirit of Tasmania V Rauma Marine Constructions 1,200 Q4 2024 Polferries 1 ro-pax Cantiere Navale Visentini 1,000 Q4 2024 GNV 4 ro-pax Guangzhou Shipyard International 1,500 2024/25/26 Marine Atlantic Ala’suinu CMI Jinling Weihai 1,100 2024-2025 Brittany Ferries Guillaume de Normandie CMI Jinling Weihai 1,400 Spring 2025 Brittany Ferries Saint-Malo CMI Jinling Weihai 1,400 2025 CMAL 4 ro-pax Cemre Shipyard, Yalova 450 each 2024/25/26 Buquebús 1 fast ferry Incat Tasmania, Hobart. 1,200 2025 Torghatten Nord 2 ro-pax Cemre Shipyard, Yalova 599 2025 KiwiRail Train/ro-pax Hyundai Mipo Dockyard 1,900 2025 KiwiRail Train/ro-pax Hyundai Mipo Dockyard 1,900 2026 “ These hybrid ro-pax vessels are not only the largest in the company fleet so far, but they transport cargo in a more sustainable manner” passenger traffic on the Naantali– Långnäs–Kapellskär route, and therefore our investment will strengthen services to our freight customers as well as to our passengers.” Antonio Raimo, the line manager at Finnlines adds: “Finnlines is proud to introduce the first Superstar, and Finnsirius will be Finnlines’ flagship in both size and technology. We will be able to offer upgraded services for passengers, including several themed restaurants, a wide range of cabin categories, meeting rooms, a large shop, lounges, to name just a few.” Meanwhile in the Isle of Man, hybrid ro-pax vessel Manxman started service from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company in mid-August 2023. With a length of 133 metres, the £78 million ($99.2 million) Manxman is the largestever vessel in the company’s history. The 24,161gt ship can accommodate 948 passengers and 237 cars and is powered by four Wärtsilä diesel engines, giving a service speed of 19 knots. Manxman posed several design challenges due to the increased vessel capacity and size limitations in the Port of Douglas, as well the need to tolerate harsh Irish Sea conditions throughout the annual cycle of vessel operations. It was designed in partnership with UK-based naval architects Houlder and builder South Korea-based Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. Interior design is by London-headquartered SMC Design and the vessel’s facilities are of a standard never before seen on routes to the Isle of Man, according to the operator. While deck seven has many of the communal areas, including the bar, eatery, a family area and children’s play zone, deck eight is home to exclusive lounges and cabins. The Injebreck Exclusive Lounge is available to 26 passengers, and there are seats in the Niarbyl lounge too. There are 40 cabins, which range from four-berth cabins to executive cabins, featuring a double bed and walk-out balconies. All the public areas on the vessel are fully wheelchair accessible. Around the coast in England, P&O Ferries’ new hybrid ship, P&O Pioneer, made its maiden voyage between Dover and Calais in June. The battery-hybrid ship has been designed with the capacity to become carbon neutral in future. The modular elements of the ship mean its electric power capabilities will develop in the future too. As technology develops and charging stations are brought in at ports, the installation of additional batteries will allow fully electric operation. The ship is the world’s largest doubleended hybrid ferry, with two bridges meaning there is no need for it to turn in port, saving fuel on every trip. Sister ship P&O Liberté will join the fleet later in 2023, with both ships replacing the capacity of three older vessels. Incat Tasmania’s landmark 130-metre fully electric catamaran for South American operator Buquebús continues to take shape in Australia. The vessel will have 40-megawatt hours of battery storage and will carry 2,100 passengers and 226 vehicles between Argentina and Uruguay at 25 knots for 90 minutes. “It is the world’s largest battery-powered vessel in length, in tonnage and in energy storage, by quite some margin,” says Craig Clifford, managing director of Incat, which is working with Wärtsilä on the project. In the same way that Incat revolutionised the ferry industry in 1990 with the introduction of the first carcarrying, wave-piercing catamarans, the builder is once again at the forefront of technology, this time leading the charge for decarbonisation. “The fully electric catamaran is a massive step forward,”