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VT HALMATIC LTD

Portsmouth Harbour Ferry Company orders new ferry from VT Halmatic


Following a comprehensive selection process The Portsmouth Harbour Ferry Company PLC (PHFC) has awarded a contract to build a new 32m passenger vessel to leading UK boatbuilder VT Halmatic Ltd. The vessel has been designed by Camarc Ltd to fulfil the demanding requirements of both the cross harbour ferry service within Portsmouth harbour and PHFC's Leisure Cruising operations throughout the Solent.

The ferry, to be named 'Spirit of Portsmouth', is the latest success for VT Halmatic's Steel Division and is based on the existing 'Spirit of Gosport' - seen here crossing Portsmouth Harbour, also designed by Camarc.

The ferry, to be named 'Spirit of Portsmouth', is the latest success for VT Halmatic's Steel Division and is based on the existing 'Spirit of Gosport', also designed by Camarc.

Amongst other improvements, her year round operating capability has been enhanced by the addition of an upper deck saloon, providing a further 53 forward facing seats and a bar / refreshment area.


Michael Wright, chairman of PHFC, said " We are delighted to have awarded the contract for the construction of 'Spirit of Portsmouth' to our near neighbours in Portsmouth Harbour, VT Halmatic. We are confident they will produce a world class flagship vessel for the Gosport ferry."

The vessel will enter service in May 2005, and be fully operational for the International Festival of the Sea and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The new craft will accommodate up to 300 passengers in comfort.

Main machinery consists of twin Scania DSI 12 (365 hp @ 1800rpm) marine diesel engines driving Veth steerable 360 degree propulsion units: these provide exceptional close quarter manoeuvrability, essential for maintaining the frequency of the cross harbour ferry service. 'Spirit of Portsmouth' will also be employed on cruising duties during the summer months, and her Scania engines will allow her to maintain a steady 10 knots within the Solent area.

Built to Lloyds Register of Shipping and to conform to MCA rules for class IV, V and VI, 'Spirit of Portsmouth' will be one of the most advanced passenger ferries in service in the UK.




VT HALMATIC LTD
Portchester Shipyard
Hamilton Road
Portsmouth
Hants
PO6 4QB

Tel :  +44 (0)23 9253 9600
Fax : +44 (0)23 9253 9601

Website: www.vtplc.com/halmatic/
E
mail:     seb.freeman@vtplc.com

Contact:  Mr Seb Freeman (Marketing)
 

 


 

 

 

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