World's Largest Railway/Freight Ferry Launched By Seebeckwerft
—Free Literature O f f e r e d— Seebeckwerft AG of Bremerhaven, West Germany, recently launched what is said to be the world's largest railway/freight ferry, the 576-foot Nils Dacke, at ceremonies for Rederi AB Swedcarrier, the pool-partner of Hamburg-based TT-Line.
The Nils Dacke, with a molded breadth of 85-1/2 feet, draft of about 19 feet and deadweight of 7,800 tons, will be powered by two main propulsion plants consisting of four MAN B&W main engines.
Each main propulsion plant will! consist of a MAN B&W 6L40/45 diesel, with an output of 3,170 kw at 524 rpm, and a MAN B&W 8L40/45 diesel engine, with an output of 4,230 kw at 524 rpm. The total power for the two main propulsion (all four engines) is 14,800 kw. For maneuverability, the vessel will be equipped with Lips variable pitch propellers and Frydenbo rudder plants. She will have a service speed of about 18 knots.
Upon completion, which is expected to be in August of this year, the all-around combicarrier will enter service on the TT-Line route between Travemunde and Trelleborg, Sweden. She will have three decks interconnected by internal ramps, and will load and discharge via a stern ramp.
The lower deck, or combi deck, will be equipped with 910 meters of rail length distributed on six tracks, allowing for the transportation of 36 long-type railway wagons or 75 rail wagons of average size.
On the two upper decks, there will be space for about 100 trucks/trailers. And when not in use for rail cargo, the lower deck can accommodate an additional 60 trucks/trailers. Furthermore, the Nils Dacke will have accommodations for 300 passengers in 122 cabins, a restaurant, lounge/bar, cinema and conference rooms. The crew complement will be about 40.
Seebeckwerft is also building the sister vessel of the Nils Dacke, the Robin Hood, for TT-Line. She is expected to be launched in August and delivered at the end of this year.
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