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First customized Ro-Pax designed for the Chinese market – Shan Sha 1

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The "San Sha 1"

The “San Sha 1”

This project has materialised from concept to sailing vessel in less than 24 months. This is no small achievement, considering that this was the first Ro-Pax cruiser purposely designed and built in China for the Chinese market. We are happy to have been part of this project and wish to congratulation the Owner, Bo-Hai Shipyard, CSM and all the other parts involved in this project.

The ship has entered into service on January 1, 2015.

A new RoPax Vessel was delivered last week to China’s southernmost city Sansha in Hainan Province to tackle the city’s lack of transportation capacity.

The ship, named San sha No. 1, can carry wheeled cargo, containers, trailers as well as passengers.

Measured 122.3 meters long and 21 meters wide, the ship has a displacement of 7, 800 tons with endurance of 6, 000 nautical miles. It can accommodate up to 456 passengers and 20 standard trailers.

As compared with Qiongsha No. 3, the existing transport vessel for Sansha City, Sansha No.1 can sail normally against BF 8 wind and remain secure in whole gale.

Once in operation, the ship will shorten the cruise time from Qinglan Port in Wenchang city, Hainan Province to Yongxing Island of Sansha City from 15 hours to 10 hours.

The ship is also equipped with a helicopter landing platform, which makes it convenient for maritime rescue and island patrolling.

The Qiongsha No.3 Ship, currently in use, has not been able to satisfy the transportation needs of Sansha city, due to relatively small tonnage.

The vessel has been developed with optimised work flow in mind, which will allow maximum operational efficiency including boat to boat embarkation procedures which will be required in specific islands without dedicated berthing facilities. – See more at: http://www.knudehansen.com/references/ferries-ro-pax-vessels/san-sha-1-hao-120-m-ro-pax-for-the-south-china-sea/#sthash.1Dftc78g.dpuf

Scope of work carried out by KNUD E. HANSEN A/S

  • Concept Design, Tender Design and Basic Design including;
  • Hull Lines
  • Safety and stability
  • Steel structural design
  • Outfitting and Machinery

For further information, please contact:

Giuseppe Tringali, Naval Architect. Mobile: +306970318980 e-mail: gtr@knudehansen.com
Finn Wollesen Petersen, Managing Director. Mobile: +4540842575 e-mail: wollesen@knudehansen.com

Read more here:

Our description of the vessel:


Press release  from December 2013


Youtube animation:


The vessel in the sea:



KNUD E. HANSEN A/S is one of the world’s leading marine consultancies with more than 75 years of experience in ship design, with a proven track record in providing unique and cutting-edge solutions to the maritime industry. KNUD E. HANSEN A/S employs more than 75 naval architects and marine engineers in Denmark, UK, USA, Greece, Australia and the Faroe Islands.



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