Denmark-based company OSK-ShipTech has been selected to design four new luxurious RoPax ferries, which have been jointly commissioned by global container shipping line MSC Group and Italian operator Onorato Armatori.

The ships are planned to be built at China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI).

Onorato Armatori is set to receive two of the completed ferries, while the remaining two will be delivered to Italian operator GNV under the MSC Group.

The first of the four ferries to is expected to be delivered to GNV by 2021.

“Both in Danish standards, but on a global scale as well, this is in any possible way a significant order in the current RoPax market.”

The ferries will have a capacity of 3,765 lane metres each. They will also feature 536 cabins to be able to accommodate a total of 2,500 passengers.

In addition, the LNG-ready vessels will be equipped with the latest technologies for improved energy optimisation.

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The shipbuilding contract also features an option for four additional ferries of the same type.

OSK Group CEO Jacob Thygesen said: “Both in Danish standards, but on a global scale as well, this is in any possible way a significant order in the current RoPax market.

“The fact that OSK-ShipTech is on-board a contract of this size is something we are very proud of and goes to show that we are now amongst the few designers globally who are relevant when it comes to the world’s largest design projects.”

OSK-ShipTech previously secured a contract from The Ferry Company Læsø in July last year to conduct a series of preliminary examinations, which are intended to investigate the requirement of deploying a new ferry between Læsø and Frederikshavn in Denmark.

OSK-ShipTech will study the potential purchase and construction of the new ferry as part of the deal.