At the end of January 2024, Damen Shipyards signed a contract to build a new Fast Ferry 4212 (FFe 4212) for South Korean ferry operator KT Marine.
The contract signifies the continuing success of not only Damen’s standing in the South Korean ferry sector, but also of the proven design of the FFe 4212. Due to its forward-thinking building strategy, Damen will be able to deliver the vessel by mid-2024.
Damen-built Fast Ferries have become an increasingly common site in South Korean waters in recent years. This trend is set to continue with this latest vessel for KT Marine, marking the seventh Damen Fast Ferry built for the Korean market. Moreover, the FFe 4212is an especially suitable design as this new vessel will be the fifth to be built for South Korean operators.
The FFe 4212 is a 42m long aluminium catamaran that can carry up to 423 passengers and has a maximum speed of 40 knots. The power required to achieve such speeds is provided by four main engines delivering 5,760 bkWof power to four waterjets.
The model is known for its reliability and high level of onboard comfort. To this end, KT Marine will be deploying the new vessel on a route between Yeosu harbour and Geomundo Island (off the south coast of South Korea).