Korea Express Ferry has taken delivery of a 72m passenger ferry, dubbed Korea Pride, which will run from Incheon on South Korea’s west coast.

The new ferry was designed by INCAT Crowther and constructed by Kangnam in Busan.

Built to meet safety, comfort and performance standards, Korea Pride is claimed to be the first-of-its-kind ship to be constructed locally in South Korea.

The sleek and single-deck configuration of the new ferry will enable it to handle specific conditions, including large swells and wind chop.

Incat Crowther technical manager Dan Mace said: “Safety and open sea capability drove our design and build. The 72m platform is longer than usual for a single-deck ship. This delivers greater speed without sacrificing fuel efficiency.”

The single deck of the new ferry can accommodate 556 passengers, stated Incat Crowther.

Passengers can embark and disembark through six boarding gates or doors to enhance safety and efficiency.

The ferry features economy, business and first-class cabins, as well as a central amenities block with a large and well-equipped kiosk.

With a neat engine room layout and exposed engine hatches, the new ferry features quad MTU 16V4000 main engines and has an operating speed of 36.5 knots.

Korea Express Ferry CEO Sung Man Hwang said: “We are very pleased with the outcome. Incat Crowther’s contribution to the project cannot be understated.

“We received a high-quality ship that reached an impressive 41 knots on sea trials. It is a very happy day for us to take delivery of such an extraordinary ship. It will serve our passengers very well.”