The new ro-ro ship Tennor Ocean, newbuild under construction at German shipyard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), set off on a test voyage from Flensburg heading for Bremerhaven in late January 2023.

The ferry was moved to Dock 3 at Lloyd Werft. During its week-long stay there, the FSG shipbuilders carried out the remaining work on the ship’s hull to optimise the performance data.

Afterwards, Tennor Ocean was scheduled to set out on a multi-day test voyage on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. In a tightly scheduled programme, all technical systems will be checked and nautical manoeuvres will be carried out.

During the voyage from Flensburg to Bremerhaven, the 2.11m-high folding mast was also tested. It has been newly developed by FSG for this type of ship and enables passage through the Kiel Canal, which connects the Baltic and the North Sea. In this waterway, the mast height of a ship may not exceed 40 metres above the water level.

The ferry is able to accommodate 279 truck trailers on more than 4,000 lane metres spread over four decks.

It features the RoRo type 4100 design, developed by FSG, and it has already been built several times by the shipyard. The design is characterised by particularly low fuel consumption compared to the market and an innovative loading concept.

Tennor Ocean, yard number 782, is being built for IVP Ship Invest, a company of Lars Windhorst, founder of Tennor Holding.

FSG was acquired by Lars Windhorst’s Tennor Group back in 2019 as part of the shipbuilder’s reorganization to ensure the business remains afloat as the yard was facing financial troubles.

The company secured its first order the following year from IVP Ship Invest.

The contract involves the construction of energy-efficient ro-ro ferry, and includes an option for an additional vessel. The order has a total value of EUR 140 million (around $167 million).

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