UK Charity RoPax training ship to be built

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British shipbuilder Cammell Laird in cooperation with the charity Britannia Maritime Aid has helped to launch an initiative for a new $185M disaster relief/training RoPax ship.

The design of the relief/training ship is a variant of Cammell Laird’s latest RoPax concept, which was developed in conjunction with ship designer Leadship and first unveiled at Nor-Shipping 2019. The company says that the first-of-its-kind vessel would have commercial RoPax capability, giving it more versatility than a one-off special-purpose ship.

The vessel will include a training center, landing craft, helicopters, drones, rough terrain vehicles, onboard medical facilities, briefing rooms, conference facilities, workshops and full mission bridge and engine simulators for trainees. The ship would be able to carry up to 6,000 tonnes of vehicles and aid supplies – more than ten times the capacity of current vessels used for these purposes.

The project would provide more training berths at a time when the British government plans to double the number of merchant navy officer cadets and also create new jobs, boost Britain’s disaster relief capabilities and ease the strain of aid operations on the Royal Navy.

Britannia Maritime Aid hopes to deliver its ship by 2024.