MV Legionnaire is the second of the two Ro-Pax ferries built by Damen Shipyards Group for the government of Newfoundland and Labrador Province, Canada. The launch and naming ceremony of the vessel was held at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, in July 2015. The first of the two vessels, MV Veteran, was launched in April 2015.
MV Legionnaire is named in honour of the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians that served the nation during the past wars and global conflicts. The observation deck and the two passenger lounges are also named after four notable Bell Islanders to honour their contributions.
In December 2013, Damen Shipyards Group received a contract from the provincial government for a second state-of-the-art, 80m Ice Class ferry to serve the route from Newfoundland to Fogo Islands and Change Islands.
The two similar ferries are part of the vessel replacement programme initiated by the provincial government to replace the old ferries and expand the capacity on the route.
MV Legionnaire is specially designed for operating in thick ice conditions and will be deployed in the short-haul route between Portugal Cove-St Philip’s and Bell Island, the busiest route of the province. It will be delivered to the province in February 2016.
MV Legionnaire Ro-Pax ferry design
MV Legionnaire was designed by Canadian engineering firm Knud E Hansen in association with Danish firm Fleetway. The scope of the work included concept, tender and basic design.
MV Legionnaire is classified as ABS +A, vehicle passenger ferry, Ice class 1AA, Near Coastal Voyage Class II, E, +AMS, HAB+, NIBS, ENVIRO and GP.
The steel-hulled vessel has an overall length of 80.9m, moulded breadth of 17.2m and a draught of 4m. The length between perpendiculars is 71m and depth to the upper deck is 6.5m. The ferry has a deadweight tonnage of 905t.