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Project title:
Owner’s Technical Representative for the selection and acquisition of high speed ferries.

Client:
Virtu Ferries (Malta)

To act for and represent the Owner for technical issues during the specification, design, build, trials, certification and introduction into service of a series of advanced, aluminium, high-speed catamaran ferries from 52 to 107 metres in length and with operational speeds from 35 to 45 knots.

• Development of vessel technical specification and request for proposals from designers and shipyards.
• Assessment and ranking of technical proposals, visits to shipyards and recommendations to Owner.
• Technical negotiations for agreement of build schedule, payment milestones and final contract.
• Technical review of design, drawings, specification changes, certification, progress and overall build quality at shipyard.
• Specification, attendance and review of acceptance trials.
• Overseeing post delivery technical warranty items.

• Achieving significant weight savings through review of design details and specification changes to structure, systems and decorative outfit.
• Quantifiable improvements in seakeeping achieved through technical modifications to the active ride control systems once in operation.

• Successful delivery and introduction into operation of three large high-speed ferries.
San Gwann: 52 metre, 35 knot HSC passenger ferry
Maria Dolores: 67 metre, 36 knot HSC passenger and car ferry
Jean de La Valette: 107 metre, 38 knot HSC ro-pax ferry.
• After 12 years of working with Virtu Ferries on the design and build of these three large high-speed craft, we continue to represent their technical interests in these vessels.


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