July 12, 2007
ST Marine wins Ropax order
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd reports that its ST Marine unit has been awarded a contract to design and build a 4,000 dwt Roll-on/Roll-off Passenger ferry (Ropax) for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs S.A.S. (LDA) of France.
The contract is worth approximately S$168 million (US$111 million) includes an option to purchase a second vessel.
The 4,000-dwt Ropax ferry will measures about 161 m long and 25.6 m wide, and will operate in the English Channel for day and night crossing. Equipped with passenger lounges and cabins, restaurants and bars, and a summer deck, the 930-passenger vessel is also designed for the carriage of trailers and cars, which will be accommodated by a RoRo lane capacity of approximately 1,500 m and car lane capacity of about 2,290 m.
Design of the vessel will start immediately and construction is expected to commence in the first half on next year, with delivery expected in the first half of 2010.
The Ropax is the third newbuilding order from LDA at ST Marine, following the order of two Rollon/ Roll-off vessels (RoRo) in association with Norway's Leif Hoegh & Co. AS (LH) for the transportation of Airbus A380 aircraft components in February last year. .ST Engineering says the Ropax is a first for Singapore's shipbuilding history. and that it "involves complex and meticulous designs, state-of-the-art technologies and exacting engineering applications to build."