Damen to build two hybrid ferries for Canadian company at Mangalia Shipyard

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Two hybrid Roll-on/Roll-off ferries will be built for the Canadian company Seaspan Ferries at the Damen Shipyard in Mangalia, on the Romanian Black Sea coast.

The ships, boasting a 149-metre length each, have been designed to allow loading and transport on  freight corridors that have a more than 1,000 metres long. The construction works will start this year and will be concluded in 2021.

It is the third large order of ships after Dutch company Damen had purchased 49 pc of the shipyard in Mangalia and after taking over the management.

According to the Ministry of Economy, the ferries, equipped with 2-megawatt batteries, will enable the storage of over 200 cubic metres of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The ferries will enter the service of Seaspan Ferries, as part of the company’s programme to replace its fleet. The ships will be classified as Bureau Veritas rank and will be commissioned in 2021.

These two ferries represent the third largest order to the Mangalia Shipyard this year.

Luxury cruise ships, high capacity boats for oil and sea transport ships will be built in the coming period by the Damen Shipyard in Mangalia, read an announcement in April.

Damen announced last month that the largest ship in the world used to search and recover deep-sea diamonds will be built at Mangalia.

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