Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Ilha Azul and Castelo de Viana

The harbour tugboat "Castelo de Viana" (twin Z propeller/3400hp) with the ferry "Ilha Azul" on the background. Ilha Azul usually trades between the Azores Islands and is presently moored at Viana do Castelo Shipyard for a peaceful Winter...
With LOA of 99,5m and a GT of 5287t she was built in Spain in 1980 and sails under the Portuguese flag (Madeira registry). She has two engines geared to screw shafts driving 2 FP propellers with a total power of 6,472kW(8,800hp) and a service speed of 18.0kts.
Her owners have recently signed a contract with ENVC (Viana Yard) for the construction of two Ro-Ro Day Car & Passenger Vessels.
One of the ferries, with 97 m of LOA transports 790 persons and 140 vehicles, the other one for the transport of 400 persons and 32 vehicles, has 60 m LOA.
It is always good news when we have a portuguese shipyard building two vessels for a portuguese owner and, hopefully, to be operated by a portuguese crew...

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