International Cruise and Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2019

Building & Refurbishment International Cruise & Ferry Review 108 FEATURE: FERRY ORDER BOOK y 2026 the global passenger ferry market is expected to achieve an annual growth rate of 3.4%, driven by continued adoption of more fuel- efficient and environmentally friendly vessels. A packed ferry order book testifies to that trend. Notable imminent arrivals include Stena’s ground-breaking series of E-Flexer ro-pax ferries, which will take to the seas late in 2019 when Stena RoRo takes delivery of Stena Estrid from Chinese shipbuilder AVIC Weihai Shipyard. Stena selected the shipyard to deliver 10 vessels for its own fleet while offering the flexibility for adaptation to suit other clients. The ferries’ unique hull shape promises to reduce resistance, and they will be able to carry 50% more vehicles than a standard ro-pax vessel. In addition to world-class fuel efficiency, the ferries’ LED lighting and select lubricants and coolants will also help reduce environmental impact. Stena Edda, the second E-Flexer which is under construction for Stena Line, was floated out at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in April. “Stena Edda will deliver many benefits to our freight and travel customers, including faster and easier loading and unloading with drive-through decks and new port infrastructures,” said Paul Grant, Stena Line’s trade director for Irish Sea North, in a press release. High-speed catamarans are also in demand, and a few firsts are in the pipeline. For example, the lightweight, aluminium high-speed passenger ferry recently ordered by Korea’s Dolphin Shipping will be the first locally built high-speed ferry to operate between Pohang in mainland Korea and the island of Ulleung-do. Tentatively named Dolphin 3, the vessel will be designed by Australia-based Incat Crowther, which will work with Korean shipbuilder Khan Co. Meanwhile, Argentine operator Buquebus has contracted Incat Tasmania to build a 130-metre catamaran, which is set to be the largest aluminium ferry ever built. The ship will have four dual-fuel engines and capacity for 2,100 passengers and 220 cars. This will be the ninth vessel the shipyard has built for Buquebus and will join its sister ships serving ports on the River Plate between Argentina and Uruguay. In the Mediterranean market, newbuild projects continue to demonstrate the industry’s focus on efficiency, green credentials and digital technology. Marie Curie, the second of Baleària’s LNG newbuilds, which uses digital technology A glance at the global ferry order book tells the story of a buoyant sector with an appetite for innovative solutions. Jacqui Griffiths reports Fast, smart sustainable and Stena Estrid is the first in a series of 10 E-Flexer ferries and is well on her way to completion at AVIC Weihai’s shipyard in China