The new Bell Island ferry has finally made landfall in Newfoundland.
The 80.9-metre MV Legionnaire recently docked in St. John’s harbour and is the second of the two Ro-Pax ferries built by Damen Shipyards Group for the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The launch and naming ceremony of the vessel was held at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, in July 2015. The first of the two vessels, MV Veteran, was launched in April 2015.
MV Legionnaire is named in honour of the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians that served the province during the past wars and global conflicts. The observation deck and the two passenger lounges are also named after four notable Bell Islanders to honour their contributions.
The ferry is specially designed for operating in thick ice conditions and will be deployed in the short-haul route between Portugal Cove-St Philip’s and Bell Island, the busiest route of the province.
The provincial government has not announced when the new ferry will go into service.
MV Legionnaire was designed by Canadian engineering firm Knud E Hansen in association with Danish firm Fleetway. The scope of the work included concept, tender and basic design.
The steel-hulled vessel has an overall length of 80.9m, moulded breadth of 17.2m and a draught of 4m. The length between perpendiculars is 71m and depth to the upper deck is 6.5m. The ferry has a deadweight tonnage of 905t.
The vessel can transport 200 passengers, ten crew members and 70 vehicles. It can accommodate 50 cars on the main deck, whose lane length is 275m. The main deck has a trailer lane length of 190m and can accommodate six trailers. The hoistable car deck, with a car lane length of 75m, accommodates up to 14 cars.
The ferry offers 130 seats in forward passenger lounge, 85in aft passenger lounge and three toilets, including two in passenger lounges and one for disabled personnel. Two elevators are provided, one for passengers and the other for services from Decks 3 and 5.
Crew accommodation includes 15 single-crew cabins with toilet, a mess room and a day room. Catering facilities include a galley with provision for serving area.
The diesel-electric propulsion system integrates three Caterpillar 3512C C main engines, two 1,600kW Rolls-Royce electrically driven azimuth thrusters, and two 2,600-mm ice-strength, fixed-pitch propellers. The propulsion system enables the vessel to sail at a service speed of 14k.