FSG cuts first steel for SeaRoad’s freight ferry
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) yard has kicked off the construction of the Tasmanian-based Australian shipping company, SeaRoad’s, new roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) freight vessel, with the first cut of steel.
The event involved the ceremonial ‘pushing of the button’ to start the laser cutting machine with SeaRoad technical marine manager, Tony Johnson, and FSG chief executive officer Philipp Maracke doing the honours. Johnson is currently on the ground in Germany overseeing the newbuild project.
Executive chairman of SeaRoad, Chas Kelly, said “SeaRoad is known for its attention to detail and dedicated customer service. Our new vessel will enable us to continue to deliver on SeaRoad’s commitment to service excellence for our partners”
FSG CEO, Philipp Maracke, said, “Seeing the first steel being cut is a great milestone for a vessel and we look forward to our good cooperation with SeaRoad and to seeing this project taking shape.”
The 210-metre-long freight vessel will join SeaRoad Mersey II and replace SeaRoad’s charter vessel MV Liekut to operate on Bass Strait between Melbourne and Devonport, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2023.
The LNG-fuelled vessel will have 3,792 lane metres available for the carriage of freight units, plus capacity for over 100 trade vehicles. A special requirement for the vessel is the capability to transport heavy cargo with a unit weight of up to 100 tonnes.