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The ferry is a huge swimming facility used for passenger and cargo transportation. We bring to your attention interesting facts about ferries that will help you learn about the features of these vessels in as much detail as possible.
These vessels are classified into several subspecies: for passengers, railway, automobile-passenger, automobile-railway. Every year ferry boats become more and more practical and functional.
Ferry ships most often have several decks, restaurant complexes, cafes, bars, entertainment centers, swimming pools and even elevators. Such a set of amenities allows you to call the ferry one of the most comfortable cruise ships.
The average cargo capacity of the ferry is 55,000 tons. A modern ferry can easily accommodate two hundred cars and 1,000 passengers. Railway ferries for freight transport can accommodate up to 50 wagons.
The maximum speed of automobile and railway ferries is 20 km/hour, and passenger ferries - up to 70 km/hour.
The first railway-automobile-passenger vessel in the world is the "Petersburg". The ferry has become the largest vessel for cargo transportation.
The unique cruise ferry "Ulysses" is famous for performing 4 flights between Ireland and the UK in 24 hours. This 12-deck ferry was built more than 20 years ago, has 4 lanes for vehicles. Loading and unloading of the ferry takes an hour and a half thanks to a special design that allows you to load and unload cars at the same time. The interior style of the cabins and public areas of this ferry competes with the decoration of premium hotels.
The person involved in the Guinness Book of Records is a passenger ferry ship "Greifswald", built in Germany. This ferry is the largest in the world in the segment of automobile and passenger ships. The ferry can accommodate up to 150 passengers and offers maximum comfort: drinking establishments, lounge areas and a restaurant complex.
The ferry "Princess of Stars– is a miracle of Japanese shipbuilding. This ferry was operated for two decades and was famous for its incredibly reliable design. The ship was wrecked in 2008 and claimed the lives of about 800 people.
The ferry with the unusual name "MSStavangerfjord" is the world's first vessel capable of running on liquefied gas. The vessel is equipped with a unique power unit powered by natural gas. The use of such fuel significantly reduces emissions of harmful substances into the environment. At the same time, the ferry is able to transport up to one and a half thousand people and cars.
The world's first electric ferry has the telling name "Ampere" produced by a large Norwegian shipbuilder. The ferry accommodates more than 350 passengers and over 110 cars. The uniqueness of this vessel lies in the fact that it is completely safe for the environment.
The most eco–friendly and comfortable vessel of the Baltic Sea is the Viking Line ferry. The vessel accommodates up to 3,000 passengers, is characterized by minimal noise and smooth running. On board the ferry there is a large shopping center with a nightclub, slot machines, a children's room, shops and a restaurant.
The fastest catamaran ferry in the world is the Francisco. The vessel has a speed of more than 100 km/h, accommodates up to 1000 passengers and about 150 cars. The vessel is just under 200 meters long and about 30 meters wide.