42M RO-RO Ferry
Apr 22, 2008
Destined for Panama, along the same 10,000 nautical miles route as the Cheoy Lee Z-tech tugs that have made the Pacific crossing unaided, this open bowed, flat bottom vessel, powered by only a pair of 400hp Caterpillar diesels, required transportation aboard a larger vessel.
The Ro-Ro is however ideally suited to its intended operating environment, plying the narrow and protected waters of the Panama canal, with a journey time of approximately three minutes. The Roll-On Roll-Off design affords excellent efficiency, with no need for the vessel (nor the vehicles that it carries) to ever turn around. The vessel does however posses exceptional maneuverability for operating in confined spaces. The azimuthing propulsion units provide thrust through 360 degrees. Spacing between the propulsion units is also very wide, providing rapid and responsive turning, even with the small engines. The propellers are located in recessed pockets in the hull, one in the forward starboard corner of the vessel, the other in the aft port corner.
Up to 24 lorries can be carried on deck. A small lounge and two heads are available for 20 passengers, and there is also a crew galley, above which are the chief engineer and master’s office, all within the structure to one side of the vessel. Interestingly, the vessel is designed with a permanent list, although this is corrected when vehicles are loaded. The wheelhouse is on the cross member over the centre of the vessel.
The vessel is constructed to Bureau Veritas class, with the notation BV +Hull +Machinery Ro-Ro cargo ship (Coastal Area).
Principal Dimensions: 42.00m LOA x 14.00m Beam x 2.20m Draft.
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