Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a contract to supply fin stabilizer systems for six new roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vehicle ferries being built for Finnlines at the Jinling shipyard in China.

Each of the vessels will be fitted with Sperry Marine Gyrofin® stabilizers. Utilizing Sperry Marine’s patented Lift Control technology, the Gyrofins are designed to provide optimum roll stabilization while minimizing cavitation.

“The Gyrofins will provide improved safety and vessel performance, minimize passenger discomfort, protect vehicles from damage and reduce fuel consumption,” said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Sperry Marine. “The proven Gyrofin design, with Sperry Marine’s improved digital control system, provides a robust solution that delivers a smooth ride even in the roughest seas.”

The six new ice-classified ro-ro ships will have about 3,200 lane meters for vehicles, and will operate at a speed of 20 knots. They are scheduled for delivery from Jinling in 2010 and 2011.