SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 — South Korea's Seaspovill has signed its second fast ferry contract with Netherlands-based shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group.
To be named Sea Star 5, the Damen Fast Ferry 4212 will operate between Mookho and Ulleung-Do on the East-coast of South Korea.
The ferry is a high-speed catamaran passenger ferry and, as Damen keeps this successful type of ferry on stock, has a short delivery time. The Sea Star 5 will be completed and customized to Seaspovill's requirements at Damen Shipyards Singapore. It is expected to be completed stage in early 2015, ready for the tourist season.
Designed and built to comply with the HSC Code, the vessel measures 42.2 m in length and has a beam of 11.6 m. It can carry 449 passengers in total: 306 people on the main deck and 143 on the upper deck.
The ferry will be able to store baggage and light cargo in a spacious cargo room.
The wheelhouse has comfortable seats for a three-crew operation.
A deciding factor for Seaspovill in choosing the Damen Fast Ferry 4212 was its low fuel consumption and its excellent sailing performance on the sometimes rough Korean East Sea. As it is an 80-sea mile route, comfort on board was another major consideration.
The vessel is powered by four MTU main engines (16V2000 M72) and has a maximum speed of 40 knots.