Wartsila To Build 2,500-Passenger Ferry For Rederi AB Slite

Rederi AB Slite of Gothland recently placed an order with Wartsila Turku Shipyards for a high-speed car/passenger ferry. The 36,400-grt vessel with accommodations for 2,500 passengers is a sister ship to the ferry ordered from the Turku yard by SF-Line in December last year. The Slite ferry will be built in accordance with high Scandinavian standard, and will provide employment for more than 2,000 workers at Wartsila and at subcontractors for a full year. Delivery is scheduled for the spring of 1986.

This order is the first that Wartsila has received from Slite, and the 11th big ferry contracted by the yard within the past six years. In addition to the 2,500 passengers, the vessel will carry 600 automobiles and 16 trailers or, alternatively, 62 trailers. The ferry will have 10 decks, two stern ramps, and a for ward gate with driving ramp. Passengers will be accommodated on four decks, with public spaces on the deck above. There will be 11 conference rooms with a total capacity of 650 persons.

Propulsion will be provided by four medium-speed diesel engines with a total output of 31,280 bhp driving two controllable-pitch propellers through reduction gears.

Speed will be 22 knots. Three diesel generators will supply 6,135 kw of electrical power, and two shaft generators will have an output of 3,250 kw.

Recreation areas will include a dining room, a la carte dining room, pub, casino, bar saloon, cafe, and discotheque. In addition, saunas, children's playrooms and nurseries, tax-free shops, hairdressers, and other passenger services will be provided.

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