Damen Shipyards will build four RoPax ferries for Penang Port Sdn. Bhd.

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Posted on January 28, 2022 at 4:57 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

[By: Damen Shipyards]

Damen Shipyards has been contracted by Penang Port Sdn Bhd., Malaysia, to build up to five RoPax ferries to replace the current fleet which has reached its end of life. The new ships have been specially designed to meet the requirements of the client and its passengers. They will operate on the ferry route that connects Peninsular Malaysia (Butterworth) to Penang Island and its city of George Town, the third largest in Malaysia, just ten minutes away.

Designated Damen Ferry 3508, the new class is designed to carry a maximum of 250 seated and standing passengers and 50 vehicles (scooters and motorbikes) in a mix of air-conditioned and open but sheltered spaces.

Damen worked closely with Penang Port Sdn. Bhd. to ensure that their new vessels are configured to meet the needs of their customers in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. To achieve this, Damen conducted a thorough assessment of not only its operations and infrastructure, but also the wishes of its customers.

The new fleet will offer a combined passenger and vehicle service with departures every 15 minutes at peak times while at quieter times of the day it will be perfectly possible to take a ferry out of service, resulting in additional savings with minimal inconvenience to travelers. Public.

Design standardization also provides a wide range of operational efficiencies in redundancy, maintenance, spare parts, crew training, and operating costs, not to mention the cost and duration of the construction itself without any compromise in performance or quality.

The new ferries will, pandemic permitting, be delivered by mid-2023, ready to serve around 2.5 million pedestrians and 1.5 million two-wheeled vehicles each year. Damen will also help modernize ferry terminals with time-saving technology, such as automatic docking and docking pontoons with fast ramp control.

As part of the overall package, Damen will provide one year of technical support for Penang Port Sdn. Bhd’s new fleet once delivered. To ensure 24/7 operability, Damen will establish a local maintenance center to keep the vessels in full working order. Over time, staff will be recruited and trained so that local engineers have all the skills and knowledge needed to service the vessels in the future.

Gysbert Boersma, Regional Manager for Damen in Malaysia, said: “In a joint effort with the Port of Penang, we have found a cost-effective solution while maintaining the daily ferry schedule, and we look forward to seeing them make a contribution. significant to transport in the region. Infrastructure. Additionally, our maintenance hub will provide local employment and skills transfer that will positively contribute to the regional maritime sector.

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