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', 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 /
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
: +44 (0)23 9253 9600
Fax : +44 (0)23 9253 9601
Contact: Mr Seb Freeman (Marketing)
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