Northern Ireland Relies on Proven Voith Schneider Propellers for new Double-ended Ferry on Strangford Lough
The new double-ended ferry with a length of 38.20 meters and a beam of 15.50 meters will be propelled by two type 16R5 EC/120-1 Voith Schneider Propellers. What at first sight seems like a reconstruction of MV Strangford in fact is a significantly larger and more powerful vessel. The design of the new double-ended ferry that has already undergone model testing is closely related to its sister vessel, the much younger MV Portaferry II. To date, both vessels only served the Portaferry – Strangford route at the same time during peak times. As a rule, the operating authority alternates between them.
The Voith scope of supply includes two Voith Schneider Propellers (VSPs), two turbo couplings, two bow tooth couplings and the electronic control system. The vessel is to achieve a service speed of 10.75 knots. The maximum vessel speed reached using both 540 kW diesel engines will exceed 12 knots. The new double-ended ferry is currently being built by the Cammell Laird shipyard in Liverpool.
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