Today on 31 August, we reached another milestone in our newbuilding programme. The first of our two 4500 lane metre combined freight and passenger ferries was launched on Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in China. They are both set to operate on the Baltic routes.
It is 13 months ago the first steel plate was cut and in January 2020 the keel was laid. Now the ferry has arrived in its right element – water. Basically, the hull is now welded, and underwater paint jobs have been finalized, engines, propellers, rudders, fin stabilizers and scrubbers have been installed. In the next phase the extensive outfitting work will take place including installation of 312 cabins (hereof 62 crew cabins) as well as outfitting of the public areas. Furthermore, all systems to be tested and commissioned.
It is with great pleasure to see the progress now 2½ years after the contract was signed. Furthermore, it shall be noted that this is the first passenger ferry ordered by DFDS in 40 years, so it is really a milestone for us.
Christian Simon Nielsen, Project Manager, says: “After many hours of hard work, it is incredibly satisfying for the entire project team to finally see the ship afloat. We were very much looking forward to celebrating this major milestone in China, together with our colleagues from the site team and with representatives from the shipyard. Instead we must enjoy the pictures from a distance
Steen Haurum, Site Manager, says: “Here at GSI, China, we have looked forward to this very exciting and important milestone. All 20 members of the site team have worked hard and consistently to achieve this. This launching will notably make space in the dock for the mega block erection of the second vessel.”
Director, Newbuilding & Major Conversions
See the ferry escorted out of the dock by the tugboats.
August 31, 2020