The Irish Continental Group (ICG) on Tuesday entered into a €165.2 million ($199.04 million) agreement with German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG (FSG) to build the world’s largest cruise ferry in terms of vehicle capacity.
The vessel will accommodate 1,800 passengers and crew, with capacity for 5,610 freight lane metres providing capability to carry 330 freight units per sailing, says ICG.
It will utilise emissions scrubber technology and ballast water systems to meet current and known future environmental regulations while delivering optimal fuel consumption while minimising related costs.
The cruise ferry, designed for Irish Ferries Dublin – Holyhead services, is scheduled for delivery before mid-2020.
“This investment underpins the confidence the Group has in the markets in which we operate,” says Eamonn Rothwell, CEO of ICG.
“Alongside the recent investment in the MV W.B. Yeats, it brings our total investment to €315m for these two vessels designed for our operations on the Irish Sea.
“The construction of a cruise ferry of this size will offer both additional capacity and an enhanced experience for both our tourism and freight customers.
“This infrastructural investment enhances ‘the bridge’ to the UK & Continental Europe that is a vital part of the continued success of Ireland's open economy.”
Manifold Times earlier reported Clarkson Research Services observing shipowners mulling over scrubber installations.
Published: 3 January, 2018
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