Deltamarin, a ship design, offshore engineering and construction group working out of Turku, Finland, launched their new showcase ro-pax vessel “DeltaChallenger” during the Nor-Shipping 2015 exhibition in Oslo. Deltamarin has developed the concept with the help of well-known partners, to deliver a design that offers energy efficiency and environmentally friendly operation through the use of dual-fuel technology and other unique design elements.
To reduce fuel consumption the vessel has six rotor sails by Norsepower, giving ca. 10% of the total propulsion power (1.3 MW). Impressive fuel economy and manoeuvrability is gained through the combination of dual-fuel electric machinery, four power plants (2 x 6 MW and 2 x 3 MW) and the new compact Azipod D pod propulsion system from ABB. The steering unit of the pod can be fitted in one deck so that it does not hamper the loading of cars.
The vessel will have GTT Mark III membrane LNG tanks of totally 1,200 m3. The tanks give superior layout advantages making new efficient loading and unloading configurations possible without decreasing passenger and cargo capacity.
Very effective loading and unloading is guaranteed by the possibility to simultaneously load and unload on two levels of the lower hold. The ship will have totally 2,720 m of trailer lanes on main and upper deck. There are 480 car lanes / 104 cars in two levels in lower hold which can be loaded with maximum number of trailers. Alternatively by means of hoistable car decks in use, the ship could be loaded with maximum of 950 cars.
The vessel can carry up to 950 passengers and 50 crew members. There are 267 cabins reserved for passengers and 32 for crew. Deadweight of the vessel is 7,900 t and main dimensions 200 m in length overall, 30.4 m breadth and 6.0 m draught. The service speed is 18.5 knots at design draught.
“Challenging the existing methods and utilising the latest technologies have always been part of Deltamarin’s philosophy. With the new DeltaChallenger we aim to show what the future’s combined passenger and cargo ship could be. By combining the top-level existing technology, you can create something unique but functional. The right product for the customer may not be the DeltaChallenger as such, but the idea is that together with the customer and our partners we can develop exactly the exceptional ship that best serves the customer’s s future needs”, explains Deltamarin’s Manager, R&D Mrs Päivi Haikkola.