Finnish ship design firm Deltamarin has launched a new ferry design, DeltaLinx, to enable easy operations in small ports and congested harbours.

Launched during the BaltExpo 2015 exhibition in Gdansk, Poland, the new design places emphasis on minimal environmental footprint and features high-lift rudders and bow thrusters for manoeuvring in short coastal routes.

The ferry’s propulsion system uses LNG as fuel to eliminate sulphur oxides (SOx) and to reduce amounts of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) in exhaust gases.

The 80m-long vessel has streamlined hull lines that ensure reduced resistance and low wash, an extensive freeboard in the bow area to cope with rough weather along the route and fin stabilisers for smooth sailing.

In addition, the two decks are expected to accommodate a total of 800 passengers and provide amenities like spacious restaurant and pub, children’s area and small spa corner. To make the vessel suitable for disabled persons, a passenger lift from the car deck is also provided.

“The two decks are expected to accommodate a total of 800 passengers and provide amenities like spacious restaurant and pub, children’s area and small spa corner.”

The vessel will also be equipped with a main car deck that can accommodate up to 82 cars or 16 trucks. An unobstructed main deck as well as the bow and stern ramp arrangement is expected enhance the cargo operations.

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The newly launched design is in compliance with SOLAS 2009 and the Stockholm Agreement. In order to ensure safety onboard, the lifeboats and mass evacuation System (MES) has been installed for international as well as domestic voyages.

Additionally, a man overboard boat (MOB) and rescue boats are also provided, as well as proper fire zone arrangement and advanced fire-fighting equipment, ensuring fire safety.

During the Nor-Shipping 2015 exhibition in Oslo, Norway, Deltamarin launched a Ro-Pax vessel design, DeltaChallenger featuring dual-fuel electric machinery, four power plants and a compact Azipod D pod propulsion system.

Image: The back view of DeltaLinx ferry design. Photo: courtesy of Deltamarin Ltd.