Deltamarin launched its new ferry design “DeltaLinx” during the BaltExpo 2015 exhibition in the beginning in September in Gdańsk, Poland. DeltaLinx is a compact ferry designed for short coastal routes to link small neighbouring towns with an emphasis on minimal environmental footprint. Earlier this year Deltamarin introduced to the market the “DeltaChallenger” concept, which showcases the future ro-pax vessel by incorporating the latest technologies available in a brand new way.
The ready-to-apply DeltaLinx design uses existing technologies to its full potential and integrates them into the smallest possible package. Its compact main dimensions enable operations in small ports and congested harbours. The design also features a propulsion system that utilises LNG as fuel to eliminate sulphur oxides (SOx) and to reduce amounts of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) in exhaust gases. A large LNG tank below the car deck is designed for weekly refuelling.
Easy to operate
The vessel length of approximately 80 meters allows easy operations between smaller towns and congested ports. High-lift rudders and a bow thruster make manoeuvring easy. Reduced resistance and low wash are ensured by streamlined hull lines. To cope with rough weather along the route, an extensive freeboard in the bow area is provided. Additionally fin stabilisers secure smooth sailing.
Comfortable passenger experience
Various facilities are provided for 800 passengers on two decks. A spacious restaurant and pub ensure the best-possible passenger experience. The children’s area and small spa corner cater for a wide variety of travellers. Inside and outside seating combined with an exclusive SkyRoom mean that the ferry is an exciting place in all weather conditions. To make the vessel suitable for disabled persons, a passenger lift from the car deck is provided. The operators will also appreciate the spacious multipurpose passenger facilities that allow seasonal adjustments of the areas.
Easy cargo handling
The main car deck can accommodate up to 82 cars (incl. partial mezzanine deck) or 16 trucks. The bow and stern ramp arrangement enables easy drive-through loading and unloading operations. The unobstructed main deck (exhaust casings at sides) also helps to smooth the cargo operations.
Highest safety standards
The ship’s main dimensions and watertight subdivision ensure compliance with SOLAS 2009 and the Stockholm Agreement. Lifeboats and Mass Evacuation System (MES) are installed onboard for full international as well as domestic voyages. A Man Overboard Boat (MOB) and rescue boats are also provided. Fire safety is ensured by proper fire zone arrangement and state-of-the-art fire-fighting equipment.