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Vietnam's Ha Long Shipbuilding Industry Company has
launched a 4,900-unit car carrier named 'Violet Ace'.
The PCTC was designed by Naval Progetti Design Institute in
Italy. Classification Society DNV (Norway) approved its design,
supervised the construction, and classified the vessel as +1A1
-- the highest level for car carriers.
'Violet Ace' is 185.6 metres long, 32.26 metres wide and has a
depth of 36.1 metres. The vessel runs at a service speed of 19.8 knots.
The ship has 13 decks, including 11 garage decks, which can
accommodate 4,900 cars of different types, one crew deck and
one cabin deck.
In addition, there is also a volleyball yard, a sports house, a
mini swimming pool, and a heliport on the ship.
'Violet Ace' is the second ship built by Ha Long Shipping
Company under the contract between the company and an
Israel-based group named Ray Shipping.
Vietnam launches a 4,900-unit car carrier
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Korea
has ordered four common-rail 12V48/60CR Tier-II propulsion
engines from MAN Diesel & Turbo to power a new Ro-Pax
ferry for Tunisian ship owner COTUNAV (Compagnie
Tunisienne de Navigation).
The ferry will have a capacity of 3,200 passengers and 1,060
vehicles, and a top speed of 27.5 knots. At 210 metres by 30
metres, the vessel is set to be the world's largest ferry and contain
a shopping centre, restaurants, swimming pool and multiple
Delivery is due in the first half of 2012.
The newbuilding will reinforce COTUNAV's existing main
routes between Tunisia, Italy and France.
The common-rail engines which have been ordered have an
output of 14,400kW each and represent the cutting edge of MAN
Diesel & Turbo technology.
The 48/60CR injection system uses the latest common-rail
technology that allows independent setting of injection
timing, duration and pressure for each cylinder. This flexibility
allows optimisation of the 48/60CR's fuel consumption, NOx
and smoke emissions at any point on its operating profile,
especially at part-load.
The 48/60CR is equipped with SaCoSone, MAN Diesel &
Turbo's cutting-edge engine-management system. SaCoSone is
an innovative system that gathers all functions of modern
engine management together. It offers integrated self-diagnosis
functions, maximum reliability and availability, simple use
and diagnosis, quick exchange of (plug-in) modules and
The Ro-Pax ferry is a twin-screw vessel and the order
includes two CP propellers. These are MAN's Alpha CP
Propellers type VBS1800-ODF, with a propeller diameter of
5,600 mm and a power density corresponding to 1,169kW/m2.
Each propeller is driven by a twin-in/single-out gearbox and
will be powered by two of the 12V48/60CR main-engines.
The ferry is designed with two separate engine-rooms with
the propeller shaft-lines having different lengths of well over
40 metres. The final propeller-blade design will be
hydrodynamically optimised and carefully balanced with a
special focus on propulsion efficiency, low noise, and
cavitation levels. The total weight of the propeller equipment
amounts to almost 300 tonnes.
World's largest ferry to use common rail engines
An artist's impression of the new vessel
The ferry will be propelled by MAN engines and propellers
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