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The last unit launched from the present order for smaller ferries from Torghatten Nord AS

Launching ceremony of a car-passenger ferry Kvaløy took place at REMONTOWA Shipbuilding (formerly known as Northern Shipyard - Stocznia Północna) on 29 of April 2011. The ferry, yard no. B 611/2 is being built for one of the largest Norwegian Owners - Torghatten Nord AS. The sistership (611/1 - Vengsøy) was launched early April.
The ship recently launched is destined to serve public maritime transport in Tromso region. At a time the 40.6 m long and 12.4 m wide ferry with 3 m draught will be able to carry 21 cars and 146 passengers. Crew of the ferry will consist of three members due to high level of automation and computerisation applied onboard. It will allow for reduction of operational costs and increase of expected profits. The 900 kW main propulsion power (provided by Caterpillar C25 749kW engine) will allow the ship to achieve the service speed of 12 knots. The auxiliary engine installed is the Volvo D9 unit rated at 200 kW.
The launched ferry is one of the eight vessels which are being built at REMONTOWA Group. There are three types of vessels of various kinds distinguished design and configuration, size, propulsion power of engine, and the range of routes to be serviced.
- We experienced very competent yard - very interested and enthusiastic with our proposals, also flexible and has proven to build very good boats lasting for many years – says Mr. Bjørn Laksforsmo, CEO, Torghatten Nord AS.
The launching mentioned was the last one for smaller ferries among those currently on order at REMONTOWA Group from Torghatten Nord AS. These smaller ferries, represented by Rebbenesøy (destined for the route Mikkelvik-Bromnes), Uløytind (Rotsund-Havnnes-Klauvnes), Vengsøy (Belvik-Vengsøy) and the recently launched Kvaløy (Utasundsambandet / Møre og Romsdal).

 

The two first units mentioned here by name represent the 35.9 m long, 10.05 m wide, 4.0 m draught design, to be propelled by two Volvo D16 main engines rated at 442 kW, each driving a Schottel azimuthing propulsion thruster and to reach the service speed of 12 knots. These ships will be able to carry 16 personal cars and up to 48 passengers, with the crew of 3 persons. Auxiliary propulsion will be provided by a single Volvo D7 type, 130 kW power engine. All the four ferries in two designs are expected to be delivered within the year 2011. The design of the B611 type ferries (represented by the recently launched Kvaløy) was conceived in cooperation between the Norwegian ship design and consulting company NSK AS and the Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting Sp. z o.o.
Torghatten has 47 own vessels and 4 chartered units in operation. The number includes 33 conventional and fast ferries with the remaining units being fast communication vessels (Express Boats). This fleet serves mainly the local public transport traffic in the Northern parts of Norway.
Besides the four smaller ferries mentioned here, Thorgatten Nord is also building larger, innovative, LNG fuelled ferries at REMONTOWA Group.


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