Danish ship design Down Under: OSK-ShipTech to design two new ferries for KiwiRail, New Zealand

11 September 2019 PRESS RELEASE: OSK-ShipTech appointed naval architect on KiwiRail's new rail-enabled ferries


Danish naval architects OSK-ShipTech A/S have signed a newbuilding contract with state-owned KiwiRail for the design and development of the next generation rail-enabled ferries for the busy Cook Strait route between New Zealand's North and South Islands.

The new ferries will strengthen and enhance the vital transport link between capitol Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island. Currently, operating company Interislander is operating a fleet of three ferries - two RoPax ferries and one train ferry.

"We are extremely happy to have entered into this collaboration with KiwiRail for their two new rail-enabled ferries. This contract underlines the market position of OSK-ShipTech globally and our wide expertise in passenger ferry design," says Anders Ørgård, Chief Commercial Officer of OSK-ShipTech.

He continues: "As part of the project, new terminals tailored to the vessels will also be developed in order to optimise the infrastructure and fully benefit of the new designs. We are of course very excited to be part of this holistic project and the continued development for KiwiRail in the region."

The new train ferries are targeted for delivery in 2024. 


For further information about OSK-ShipTech’s role in the project, please contact Anders Ørgård, CCO of OSK Group. Phone: +45 40 94 13 91 or mail

For the use of attached press photo of Interislander ‘Aratere’ as well as information about the newbuilding project, please contact Communication Manager Jenni Austin on 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.

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Interislander ‘Aratere’ gliding through the Sounds © KiwiRail. Danish naval architects OSK-ShipTech A/S have signed a contract with KiwiRail for the design of their two new rail-enabled RoPax ferries for the Cook Strait.