High-speed craft SANTA LUCIA enters service on the Termoli – Tremiti islands link in Italy

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Nine months after the purchase which took place in January this year, the Gianluigi Aponte-controlled short-sea ferry company Navigazione Libera del Golfo finally deployed the fast catamaran renamed SANTA LUCIA (ex IRIS 1) on the Termoli – Tremiti islands daily link.

IRIS 1 was purchased for over EUR 5 million but some unexpected works (made my La Nuova Meccanica Navale shipyard in Naples) were requested in order to be in line with the condition of the ports of call.

The ship came in Greece in November 2019 shipped on the vessel ROLLDOCK SUN. She was purchased from the Korean Nam Hae Express Co and her former name was GEOHUNG IRIS.

Built in Norway (Kvaerner Fjellstrand) 1999 | 452 pax | 52 private cars | 40 knots


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Austal Launches VOLTA Series of Electric Powered High-Speed Ferries

Austal has launched a new series of electric-powered high -peed ferry designs – the VOLTA series – to spark a change in thinking, challenge convention and exceed the expectations of communities, operators and passengers.

Visit the all new VOLTA website at https://volta.austal.com/

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Liberty Lines Received Another High-Speed Craft from Liberty Shipyard

A new high-speed craft called CARMINE has just been delivered to the Sicilian ferry company Liberty Lines from Liberty Shipyard (formerly known as HSC Shipyard) based in the port of Trapani.

The unit in question is part of the Admiral 250 series and is a sister ship of the hydrofoils renamed AMMARÌ, CARLO MORACE and CARMEN M.

This high-speed vessel has a capacity for 250 passengers.

€11.7 Million Euros To Develop An All-Electric High-Speed Passenger Vessel

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This news is from end of January, but still relevant: Rogaland County Municipality and NCE Maritime CleanTech have been awarded €11.7 million to develop an all-electric high-speed passenger vessel to operate between Stavanger and Hommersåk on the west coast of Norway.
This is one of the largest amounts to have been awarded to a single project in the EU’s Horizon2020 research program, and the project will help revolutionize Norwegian production of zero emission vessels.
The vessel will be built by Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand.
The project will also conduct two studies for the same type of vessel in London and the inland waterways of Belgium.

ICG sells a high-speed ferry and introduces a younger one

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Irish Continental announced the sale of JONATHAN SWIFT to Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas S.A. for a price of €15.5 million.
Austal-built JONATHAN SWIFT entered service in 1999. She operated on Irish Ferries’ Dublin – Holyhead route.
The vessel is to be delivered to Balearia by the end of April 2018.
ICG’s high-speed craft WESTPAC EXPRESS (2001), which was recently redelivered following a period of twenty months on external charter, will replace her. She is currently undergoing a refurbishment programme.

Photo: WESTPAC EXPRESS © Irish Ferries