METRO stands for “Maritime Environment-friendly TRanspOrt systems”.
Some characteristics of the hybrid ropax:
Short international routes in Adriatic Sea (Italy-Croatia / Ancona-Split)
Passengers 1,340 Crew 75
Cruising speed 15.5 knots.
Fully enclosed Main hold capacity of 630 lane meter or 2020 m2,
In addition hoistable car deck with parking area of 1865 m2
Stern and bow ramps
Twin screw, twin rudder, twin dual fuel engines driven with abt. 400 m3 LNG storage tanks. Two shaft generators (PTO/PTI) coupled with battery system with abt. 5 MWh capacity to cover entire range of electric power demand.
Two months ago, Flow Ship Design already came up with a rendering of a hybrid double-ended ferry (diesel-electric), designed to carry 600 passengers and 170 cars.
This ferry is also part of the METRO project, for the Croatian domestic route Brestova-Porozina.