The first Ro-Pax cruiser built in China has started service in the country’s southern-most city, Sansha, in the Hainan province.
The 122.3m-long and 21m-wide vessel named San Sha No. 1 will be capable of carrying wheeled cargo, containers and trailers, as well as up to 456 passengers and 20 standard trailers.
Constructed by Bo-Hai Shipyard, the new-build has a displacement of 7,800t with endurance of 6,000nm.
San Sha No. 1 will replace the smaller Qiongsha No. 3, the existing transport vessel for Sansha City. The old vessel has not been able to meet the transportation needs of Sansha city due to its relatively small tonnage.
Equipped with a helicopter landing platform, the vessel will be convenient for maritime rescue and island patrolling. It will be capable of sailing against BF8 winds and remain secure during a full gale.
Danish naval architect Knud E Hansen was responsible for the concept, tender and basic design of the vessel. The company carried out works, including hull lines, safety and stability, steel structural design, and outfitting and machinery.
Knud E Hansen said in a statement: "The vessel has been developed with optimised work flow in mind, which will allow maximum operational efficiency, including boat-to-boat embarkation procedures, which will be required in specific islands without dedicated berthing facilities."
Chinese steelmaker CSM was also part of the project, which was completed within one year.
Image: San Sha No. 1, the first Ro-Pax cruiser designed and built in China for the Chinese market. Photo: courtesy of knud e. Hansen A/S.