South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) recently held a sail-off ceremony in Ulsan for the delivery of the 27,000 gross tonnage car ferry Queen Jenuvia to Sea World Express Ferry, the largest domestic car ferry operator.
The ferry with maximum speed of 21.8 knots and capable of accommodating 1,284 passengers, 478 cars and 88 trucks (25 ton) is scheduled to provide the service between Mokpo and Jeju island from end of this month.
The vessel, measuring 170m in length, 26m in width and 14.5m in height, is equipped 116 luxury European cruise-style cabins with various facilities such as large atrium, cinema, fountains, open terraces and pet rooms.
Amenities such as restaurants, bars and game rooms are laid our within one floor and equipped with elevators and escalators to enhance passengers’ convenience.
Also, the ferry is equipped with a global positioning system, automatic fire alarm and sprinkler systems plus two marine evacuation equipment and twelve 110-men life rafts and various safety equipment.
Since the delivery of the first Korean-built car ferry Sunghee for Korean shipping company Bukwan Ferry in 2002, HMD has played a pivotal role to establish a solid foothold in car ferry making industry, including a 31,000 gross tonnage car ferry New Golden Bridge 7 for Wiedong Shipping in 2018.
Meanwhile, HMD recently signed new car ferry contract with Steam Packet, one of the oldest European car ferry operators, located in the Isle of Man. The car ferry will be built with latest battery hybrid ferry to reduce local emissions and meet the challenging requirements of vessel’s size constraints in ports for freight as well as tolerating harsh Irish Sea.