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Thursday, July 4, 2019 

Danish naval architect OSK-ShipTech has reported that it has been chosen for the design of two new ro-pax vessels to be built in China for Onorato Armatori of Italy.

The contract, for what is said to constitute the largest ferry order to date, was signed in Beijing. The ships will be built at Guangzhou Shipyard International and will be operated by Moby Lines.

OSK says that a long-standing cooperation between OSK, yard and owners, resulted in this current project. “Two of our largest clients are now doing business together, so to us, this is a dream-scenario, where we are appointed designers on the basis of earlier projects and long-term successful cooperation with all parties. This is such a significant project, and this order is a fantastic opportunity to bring our competencies, the yard’s strength and the owners’ joint pool of many years of experience into play,” said OSK Group COO, Anders Ørgård.

The ferries will each have a capacity of about 3,800 lane meters and room for 2,500 passengers in total. The ferries will be LNG-ready and fitted with the latest technologies for energy optimisation. The contract includes an option for two additional ferries of the same type. The first vessel  is scheduled for delivery in 2022.

“On a global scale this is in any possible way a significant order in the current RoPax market. The fact that OSK-ShipTech is on board a contract of this size is something we are very proud of and goes to show that we are amongst the ship designers globally who are relevant when it comes to the world’s largest design projects,” said CEO Jacob Thygesen.

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