December 16, 2021

Rete Ferroviaria Italiana has decided to order a new ferry. The construction has been awarded to the Spanish shipyard Hijos de J. Barreras.

The new RFI ferry will be hybrid-powered and will have zero emission in port.

The ferry will be used to transport passengers, railway carriages and wagons, dangerous goods and rail tankers in the Strait of Messina, and railway wagons for the Sicily-Sardinia connection .

It’s the third unit of a series of sister ships previously built in Italy by Nuovi Cantieri Apuania (MESSINA, 2013, photo) and by San Giorgio del Porto and T-Mariotti (IGINIA, 2021)

LOA 150m |Gross Tonnage 2,500 | 18 knots speed

Contract price is EUR 74 million of which 9 millions is financed by the Italian EU Next Gen program.

Delivery expected in 2024.