FSG Launches Innovative Ice-Classed ConRo Ferry, the Oceanex Connaigra

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Oceanex Connaigra
8 months after the first plate of steel was cut, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) shipyard has launched the 210 meter-long ConRo ferry Oceanex Connaigra for the Canadian shipping company Oceanex.  Once delivered this fall, she will be the largest Canadian-flagged ConRo vessel.

The Oceanex Connaigra has a deadweight tonnage 19,300, 13,700 square meters of available space, and a weather-deck load capacity of 11,000 metric tons of containers. Liftable ramps provide access to all five RoRo decks which allow for the transportation of up to 95 tractor trailers and 500 automobiles. Notably, the ship is uniquely designed with a 40’ wide stern ramp to accommodate over dimensional loads that can weigh several hundred tonnes, which Oceanex Executive Chairman, Captain Sid Hynes commented is critically important to the construction and development projects throughout Atlantic Canada. The addition of a side ramp and starboard side door promotes more efficient and faster loading and unloading of automobiles.

This state-of-the art vessel is equipped with leading edge technology, such as the latest generation engines using a common rail fuel management system to provide high efficiency and smokeless operations. With the extreme weather conditions of the North Atlantic, three passive anti-roll stability tanks and a gyro controlled active fin stabilizer system have been added to ensure cargo safety and crew comfort along with the highest quality European standard accommodation for the ship’s crew.

She is also ice-classed, has a top speed of 20 knots, and is designed for the coldest winter operations off Newfoundland and Labrador.

To cope with stringent IMO emissions criteria, the Oceanex Connaigra has been outfitted with a SOx scrubber and her hull design has been optimized to reduce fuel consumption by up to 30% as compared to other similarly-sized ships in service.

According to a statement on Oceanex’ website, this vessel was ordered at a cost of over $100 million.