NOVEMBER 11, 2016 — Danish naval architecture firm Knud E. Hansen (KEH) and Smart Engineering & Design Solutions (India) (SEDS) have recently teamed up to deliver two new vessel designs, for the Andaman & Nicobar Administration of India.
Two vessels of each design will be built and all four vessels are to be built at Cochin Shipyard in India and will sail under the Indian Flag.
The larger of the two designs (approx. 157.0 m LOA x 21.3 m beam)
will provide a link between the Indian mainland and the Andaman & Nicobar Island Group to the east of the subcontinent. It will have a passenger capacity of 1,200 and carrying up to 1,000 t of mixed cargo
The smaller (approx 100 m LOA x 17.5 m beam) vessels will be employed in the Northern/Southern group of the Islands, or running an interisland service and is designed to carry 500 passengers and 150 t of mixed cargo.
Both designs will replace existing tonnage with modern vessels meeting the latest standards of comfort and safety.
The design process has been shared between the two companies, with Knud E. Hansen responsible for forming the initial concept for both vessels.
For the smaller vessel, SEDS has further developed the design through the contract and basic design stages. Throughout this process Knud E. Hansen has been responsible for conducting design reviews and providing additional ideas and inspiration.
For the larger vessel, Knud E. Hansen produced the contract design, with critical review and evaluation from SEDS, which also handled the primary design tasks.
The collaboration between between the two firms has resulted in a unique design, capturing elements of both the local knowledge and experience of SEDS and the extensive passenger vessel design experience of Knud E. Hansen.
Larger design will carry 1,200 passengers and up to 1,000 tons of mixed cargo