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New benchmark in Danish design, Swedish sustainability and Chinese construction

The most powerful of its kind, MV Visborg marks a new era for the Scandinavian-Asian collaboration between designers OSK, owners Rederiaktiebolaget Gotland, and builders Guangzhou Shipyard International.

Following the official naming ceremony for MV Visborg on 8 December 2018, the newbuilding was delivered from GSI on 14.12.2018 to Rederiaktiebolaget Gotland. She is the first vessel in a series of two intended to ply the waters between Gotland’s largest city Visby and the ports of Nynaeshamn and Oscarshamn in mainland Sweden.

OSK Group has played a significant role in the development and design of the powerful dual fuel RoPax ferry. OSK-ShipTech has had a dual role being consulting naval architects for the owner during concept and contract designs and for the yard for parts of basic naval architectural- and interior designs as well as exterior design. Also contributing to the interiors as sub-suppliers to Steen Friis Design are Swedish architects Figura, who among other things are behind the Central Plaza (pictured). 

“This vessel represents more than four years of very hard work and also the strategic development of OSK. We have been involved in many details of this vessel ensuring an energy optimised vessel with high-standard interiors and at the same time assisting GSI setting new standards in Chinese shipbuilding,” says Anders Ørgård, CCO of OSK Group. He continues: “Parallel to the building of Gotland’s VISBORG and THJELVAR we have established a joint venture together with GSI. The JV SinoDane (Guangzhou SinoDane Ship Design Co. Ltd.) was created to ensure high-quality RoPax tonnage based on Danish design and international standards.”

New energy and emission standards are also applied to VISBORG. The 200-meter long vessel has a deadweight capacity of approx. 4,800 tonnes, room for about 1650 passengers and 1750 trailer lane meters. And, despite a 1200-ton larger displacement that Gotlandsbolaget’s existing two vessels (MS Visby and MS Gotland, delivered by GSI in 2003) the design team on the new LNG-ferry has ensured significant reduction on fuel consumption as well as CO2, NOx and SOx emissions. VISBORG will have a service speed of 28.5 knots.

Sister vessel MV THJELVAR is expected to make her first trials in the beginning of 2019 and expected delivery during the summer of 2019.

For further information, please contact OSK Group’s CCO, Anders Ørgård. Phone: +45 40 94 13 91 or mail.

Press photos, press releases and other questions please contact Anne Kofoed Vilsøe, Head of Marketing, OSK Group. Phone: +45 60 53 14 57 or mail

About OSK-ShipTech A/S
OSK-ShipTech is a supplier on the international market and offers competences within ship designs, interior design, technical solutions and much more. The combination of professional and commercial knowledge has involved OSK-ShipTech in shipping projects both nationally and internationally, securing the Danish company a unique position in the world’s maritime market. OSK-ShipTech is a part of OSK Group, which also consists of OSK-Offshore A/S as well as Steen Friis Design A/S. Together, the group has more than fifty years’ experience and in-depth know-how within maritime consulting, vessel design and on-board experience economy.

Image: Concept and contract design, basic naval architectural design, environmental arrangements and energy optimisation, interior and exterior design by OSK-ShipTech A/S.



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