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DANISH SHIP DESIGN DOWN UNDER

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 

Danish naval architect OSK-ShipTech has signed a newbuilding contract with New Zealand's state-owned KiwiRail for the design and development of the next generation rail-enabled ferries for the busy Cook Strait route between New Zealand's North and South Islands.

The new ferries will strengthen and enhance the vital transport link between capitol Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island. Currently, operating company Interislander is operating a fleet of three ferries - two ro-pax ferries and one train ferry.

"We are extremely happy to have entered into this collaboration with KiwiRail for their two new rail-enabled ferries. This contract underlines the market position of OSK-ShipTech globally and our wide expertise in passenger ferry design," said Anders Ørgård, CCO OSK-ShipTech. "As part of the project, new terminals tailored to the vessels will also be developed in order to optimise the infrastructure and fully benefit of the new designs. We are of course very excited to be part of this holistic project and the continued development for KiwiRail in the region."

The new ferries are targeted for delivery in 2024.

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