Shipbuilding and Commercial Projects

Fogo Island Ferry Design
Fleetway was awarded a contract following a competitive tendering process to develop a ferry design to replace the MV Captain Earl W. Winsor that currently services Fogo Island and the Change Islands. The requirements for the new Icebreaking ROPAX design required that the ferry carry 60 passenger vehicle equivalents, have a service speed of 14 knots, contain a lounge for 200 passengers complete with canteen/cafeteria, have single berth crew accommodations, be accessible for the disabled, and contain “green” technology where practicable.

The vessel design also had to meet Transport Canada Safety certification, Ice Class 1AA, EPA Tier II machinery, be certified for Near Coastal II voyages and be designed and built to Classification Society rules. Fleetway partnered with European ship designer Knud E. Hansen who specializes in ferry, icebreaker, cruise ship and specialty ship designs.  The customer, the Department of Transportation & Works for Newfoundland and Labrador provided input at each of the design stages, and has used this design for the build contract with the shipyard.

The keel laying for the new ferry occurred at the Damen Shipyard in Romania in September 2014.  The vessel is scheduled to be completed and enter service in September 2015.

South Shore Ferry Design for Six (6) Ships
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has a requirement to replace the aging and dissimilar six ferries that service communities of the South Coast of Newfoundland. Fleetway and its design partner, Knud. E. Hansen, were awarded a contract to develop the design and progress it from Concept through Classification Design approval to Production Engineering. 

The vessels have an inside capacity for 35 seated passengers, plus outside seating for at least 20 passengers, are capable of carrying cargo above and below decks  and can also carry a single vehicle. Other requirements include a designated medical evacuation room, animal kennel area, accessibility for handicapped passengers and food services.  The vessel design complies with the Transport Canada Marine Safety regulations for Near Coastal II voyages and with the requirements of the Classification Society.  

The ferries have considerably better efficiency and capability than their predecessors and will be able to operate comfortably in the expected weather conditions.  Additional design work continues in order to further reduce the costs of this fleet of ferries.

Strategic Fleet Modeling for Marine Atlantic 

Fleetway developed a business simulation model for each of the Marine Atlantic fleet assets and then combined these models into a fully functional fleet model. The model was used to investigate a wide array of fleet renewal options (refit, charter, buy) to assist Marine Atlantic’s executive to develop their 5 year corporate plan. Fleetway prepared a time domain discrete event simulation of Marine Atlantic’s terminals, passenger and vehicle services, fleet services, and maintenance to further analyze the fleet renewal plan developed in the Strategic Model. In addition to developing and running the model, Fleetway also developed several 'notional' ship designs based upon the model recommendations.

Charter Vessel Studies, Survey and Technical Support 

Marine Atlantic leased the ferry Superfast IX in order to ensure service availability in a growing market. Fleetway was contracted to conduct specific vessel studies and a vessel pre-delivery survey of the MV Atlantic Vision (ex Superfast IX) including a Cargo Handling Study (cars, transporters, passengers), a Mooring Study, the preparation of the Refit Specifications and to provide ongoing technical support to Marine Atlantic with respect to the introduction of a new charter vessel into their existing ferry vessel fleet. As a final task, Fleetway conducted a complete analysis of the available technical and operational data review, a needs analysis, and then prepared a final report for Marine Atlantic that indexed the available information and identified information that was lacking and needed to support the vessel.

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