Onorato Armatori officially signed the final agreement with the Chinese yard GSI for building two new ro-pax ferries which are set to be deployed from the summer 2022 on the Livorno – Olbia routes. The keel laying of the first ferry is planned for June 2020.
The technical details of the new units are: an overall length of 237m, width of 32m and a gross tonnage of 69,500.
Lane metre capacity will be 3,800.
The ferry will be able to transport 2,500 passengers (in 550 cabins) and 1,300 cars.
“The ferries will be LNG-ready and fitted with the latest technologies for energy optimisation,” says the press release from Danish naval architects OSK-ShipTech.
The engines with a power of 10.8 megawatts will guarantee a particularly low fuel consumption and eco-friendly 23.5 knots with peaks close to 25 knots.
Achille Onorato, Ceo of Moby Group, said: “We might confirm the option for another couple of ships with the same characteristics”.
Ferry Shipping News recently revealed that both those newbuildings will be delivered to Fratelli Onorato Armatori trough a sale & lease back contract with China’s ICBC Leasing and then sub-chartered to Moby – Tirrenia Cin.