Deltamarin Group has signed a contract with Swedish ship owner Stena AB’s subsidiary Stena RoRo and Chinese AVIC International Ship Development to design four ro-pax ferries, including the option for another four.

Subject to board approval, Deltamarin, under the contract, will design and offer a comprehensive package of engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) for Stena’s ro-pax ferries, which will be built at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard.

The EPCM package will consist of approval design, support in procurement handling, and detail design.

“Ro-pax ferries are said to be one of the first to be built for a western owner in a Chinese shipyard.”

Construction management will be conducted by Deltamarin Floating Construction collaborating with AVIC.

The project management services entail master planning, procurement of the project materials and material management, project information management, and site supervision.

Deltamarin managing director Mika Laurilehto said: "This will be the first time we combine the wide passenger vessel experience of Deltamarin Group with the best cost construction to satisfy the desires of a premium internationally-operating shipowner."

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Ro-pax ferries are said to be one of the first to be built for a western owner in a Chinese shipyard.

The new vessels will feature a capacity of more than 3,000 lane metres on a basis of a drive-through measurement. They will have the ability to accommodate approximately 1,000 passengers, and offer an array of passenger amenities. The engines can be propelled by either methanol or LNG.

The concept of the vessel was developed by Deltamarin in collaboration with the owner Stena.

It is designed to be deployed to Stena Line’s North European routes, and is in compliance with the latest rules and regulations for safety and environment.

The design facilitates the vessels’ fuel efficiency, as well as augmenting the cargo space.

Last year, Deltamarin received a contract from the Chinese Qingshan Shipyard of Sinotrans and CSC SBICO to design the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) handysize bulk carriers.

Image: Deltamarin to design ro-pax ferries for Stena. Photo: courtesy of Stena Line.