The shipping company Liberty Lines has signed a contract with the Spanish shipyard Armon for the construction of 9 hybrid high speed crafts to be delivered between 2023 and 2026.
The contract includes an option for the construction of 9 more vessels to be delivered between 2027 and 2030.
The innovative characteristics represent the result of an intense cooperation between the technical offices of Liberty Lines, Armon shipyard, Rolls-Royce, RINA and the Australian designers Incat Crowther.
Malta Shipbrokers International Ltd acted as a broker for the deal.
These newbuildings will be the first to obtain Rina Green Plus classification.
They will be equipped with an integrated propulsion system including MTU Series 4000 engines by Rolls-Royce, that will be supplying both traditional and electric propulsion.
This will allow to enter and exit the harbours producing zero emissions as the ships can navigate at a speed of 8 knots using full electric mode and 30 knots in cruise mode.
The batteries will be charged during the cruise by using the two main engines. In case of long period of stop over, the ship will use cold ironing to recharge the batteries and maintain active all the on board services.