Marketex Marine, a subsidiary within the BLRT Grupp holding, has built and already shipped new passenger ferry modular sections to its customer – Finnish company Rauma Marine Constructions.
“Until today, various vessels and sections for passenger and cruise ferries have been built at the Klaipėda shipbuilding yard in Lithuania; now, for the first time in our history, we have done that in Tallinn. The modular section construction and painting works were carried out uninterruptedly, despite the weather, over 12 weeks in our workshop and new paint booth, which can fit large structures up to 30 metres high,” explains Fjodor Kvitš, Chair of the Marketex Marine Board.
Following the construction and painting completion, the sections were crane-loaded onto a special barge and forwarded to the customer for further assembly of the entire ferry.
The passenger ferry will be 212 metres long and will operate between Australia and the island of Tasmania. The ferry was designed with due consideration of her particularly challenging operation route through Bass Strait. She will be equipped with an LNG hybrid engine and can accommodate up to 1,800 passengers, thus carrying up to 450,000 passengers annually.
BLRT Grupp has two shipbuilding yards – Western Baltija Shipbuilding in Lithuania and Marketex Marine in Tallinn. Until recently, the yard in Tallinn has mainly built feed barges and service catamarans for offshore wind and fish farms.