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Carl-Johan Hagman, managing director of Stena, said: "During the course of the past 24 months our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50% larger than today's standard RoPax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years.
Ferries engaged in SSS represent the other extreme, with the combination of very high TO and high CO, particularly the conventional ferries, or 'multipurpose' as Baird (1997) denotes them, and RoPax sub segments due to the very open interface between cargo and passengers.
Since the loss of the Norwegian route in 2008, the port has been working to resurrect interest in a RoPax service, carrying both foot passengers and vehicular transport between the Tyne and ports in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
The global Maersk shipping group alone--a single company--has a fleet of over a thousand ships of various types, including containerships, tankers, LNG/LPG carriers, RO/ROs, and ROPAX, * with about 120 vessels on order in yards around the world.
Oleksandr Kokkin had been ill since his ship, the MV Ropax, had berthed in Ilchester Wharf, Birkenhead, for a re-fit.
The two Ropax ferries will increase freight capacity on the route and improve Stena Line's service to freight customers, according to Stena Line Area Director, North Sea, Pim de Lange.
The technology group Wartsila has been contracted to supply four of its waterjets plus the hydraulics and control system for a new 109 metre long high-speed RoPax ferry.
Ian Davies, Stena Line's Route Manager (Irish Sea South) said: "In 2015 the main focus for Stena Line's central corridor operation on the Irish Sea was to consolidate services and increase capacity into Dublin Bay, by closing the seasonal Dun Laoghaire Harbour services, and introducing new larger tonnage in the form of Stena Superfast X ropax vessel onto the Dublin Port route.
With the loan extended through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), APFC has ordered 10 brand-new ropax (roll-on roll-off passenger) vessels, the second of which is ready for launch.
Over the last 10 years, Norway shipping companies have good experience in the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for ferries and ROPAX vessels in Northern Europe.
The product will serve vessels having multiple operational modes or reduced transit speed, including among others RoPax ferries, offshore support vessels, tug boats, and fishing vessels.