China’s Bohai Shipyard has completed the ro-pax ferry San Sha 1 Hao for service between China’s Port of Qinglan, located in Hainan Province, and Yongxing Island, where she will reduce the sailing time between the two ports from 15 to ten hours compared to the existing ferry, Qiongsha No.3. She was placed in service on 1 January.

Denmark’s Knud E. Hansen was responsible for designing the vessel’s hull lines, as well as the steel structure and the outfitting of machinery. Measuring 122.3m by 21m, the new ship has a displacement of 7,800 tons, an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles, and can accommodate up to 456 passengers and 20 standard trailers.

The vessel has been developed with optimised work flow in mind, which will allow maximum operational efficiency, including boat-to-boat embarkation procedures which are required in those islands which do not have dedicated berthing facilities. JS

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