Vittorio Morace delivered to Liberty Lines by Armon shipyard

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Baleària has announced plans for the 2024 “Operación Paso del Estrecho” (OPE), scheduling 27 daily connections with 10 ships to meet the high demand. The routes will connect Algeciras, Almería, Motril, and Málaga with Tánger, Nador (Morocco), Ceuta, and Melilla. This operation will utilize nearly a third of Baleària’s fleet, comprising eight ferries and two high-speed vessels.

The service includes 15 daily connections to Morocco, with 12 from Algeciras to Tánger Med, one from Motril to Tánger Med, and two from Almería to Nador. Additionally, Baleària offers 12 connections to Ceuta and Melilla, including 10 daily services between Algeciras and Ceuta, and two connections from Málaga, Motril, and Almería to Melilla.

Baleària has tailored its services to cater to Moroccan passengers by providing Arabic and French-speaking staff, halal food, prayer rooms, and customer support in Arabic.

Source: Baleària (in Spanish)

Second HSC hybrid fast ferry for Liberty Lines launched at Armon in Spain

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HSC CRISTINA M, sister ship of the VITTORIO MORACE, has been launched at the Astilleros Armon shipyard in Navia, Spain, for Liberty Lines.

With a length of 39.5 meters and a capacity of 251 passengers, is the second HSC hybrid fast unit under construction.

It is equipped with two MTU-Rolls Royce hybrid engines, allowing it to operate entirely in electric mode within ports before recharging the batteries while sailing at 30 knots in open sea.

It is the second of the 12 innovative fast hybrid ships that will join the fleet by 2026 and 2027.

The delivery of the newly built VITTORIO MORACE and CRISTINA M is expected to take shape in May this year.

Liberty Lines celebrated the launch of the first fast hybrid ferry

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HSC VITTORIO MORACE, with a length of 39.5 meters and a capacity of 251 passengers, is the world’s first HSC hybrid fast unit. It is equipped with two MTU-Rolls Royce hybrid engines, allowing it to operate entirely in electric mode within ports before recharging the batteries while sailing at 30 knots in open sea.

It is the first of the 9 innovative fast hybrid ships that will join the fleet by 2026.

The vessel was launched at the Astilleros Armon shipyard in Navia, Spain.

Liberty Lines’ first new HSC named VITTORIO MORACE to be launched this month by Armon shipyard

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Liberty Lines, a ferry company based in Trapani, has announced an upcoming milestone in collaboration with the Spanish shipyard Armon. The first of a series of 12 hybrid high-speed crafts, named in honor of the company’s founder, Vittorio Morace, is set to be launched between 2023 and 2026.

Earlier this year, the Morace family-controlled shipping company expanded their order, exercising an option for three additional vessels, bringing the total order to 12. Furthermore, the company still retains options for the construction of an additional 6 vessels, scheduled for delivery between 2027 and 2030.

This impressive endeavor has been significantly supported, with the initial 12 units receiving EUR 23.4 million in public subsidies from the Italian fleet renewal plan, a component of the EU Next Gen program, approved by the European Commission.

The innovation doesn’t end with the number of vessels; these new high-speed ferries will boast an integrated propulsion system featuring MTU Series 4000 engines by Rolls-Royce. This system will supply both traditional and electric propulsion, a testament to the collaborative efforts between Liberty Lines, Armon shipyard, Rolls-Royce, RINA, and Incat Crowther.

This groundbreaking model of hybrid HSC ferries was recently unveiled at the Interferry annual conference in Hobart, Tasmania, showcasing the culmination of intensive collaboration and cutting-edge technology.

From 9 to 12: Liberty Lines orders three extra fast ferries with Armon

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The Trapani-based fast ferry company Liberty Lines controlled by the Morace family announced to have already exercised an option for adding three more new buildings taking to 12 the order with the Spanish shipyard Armon for the construction of hybrid high-speed crafts to be delivered between 2023 and 2026.

The contract includes other options for the construction of further 6 more vessels to be delivered between 2027 and 2030.

These first 12 units are awarded of EUR 23.4 million in public subsidies from the Italian fleet renewal plan approved by the European Commission and part of the Eu Next Gen program.

All the series of new fast ferries will be equipped with an integrated propulsion system including MTU Series 4000 engines by Rolls-Royce, which will be supplying both traditional and electric propulsion; they are the result of intense cooperation between the technical offices of Liberty Lines, Armon shipyard, Rolls-Royce, RINA and Incat Crowther.

Green Orca’s for Liberty Lines

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EST-Floattech recently signed a long-term framework contract with Rolls-Royce Power Systems for the ‘Green Orca 1050’ battery module onboard 9 newbuild ferries and 1 mega yacht.

The first order of the new partnership are the lithium polymer battery modules of the ‘Green Orca 1050’ series as part of 9 hybrid fast ferries of Italian operator Liberty Lines equipped with mtu hybrid propulsion packs supplied by Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

The sister vessels of identical design will be built at the Spanish shipyard Armon between April 2023 and April 2024.

The vessels are scheduled to set sail between 2023 and 2026.

Majority of voting creditors said yes to Tirrenia Cin’s debt restructuring plan

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Moby Spa announced that “following the agreements reached with the main creditor of its

subsidiary CIN Spa, Tirrenia di Navigazione in Extraordinary Administration (Tirrenia in

A.S.), the Paraconcordatario Agreement was signed on July 14, 2022, the effectiveness of which is subject to the homologation by the Court of Milan.”

With the vote favourable expressed by Tirrenia in AS on the CIN Composition Plan both the

majority of voting creditors up to 96% and the majority of the voting classes of creditors were obtained, Moby specified.

Farewell to Vittorio Morace, founder of Ustica Lines (today Liberty Lines)

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Vittorio Morace, founder, and former chairman of the ferry company Liberty Lines (ex Ustica Lines), died at the age of 81.

He was born on May 21st, 1941, and during his career he has been probably the most important shipowner of highspeed vessels.

He started buying his first cargo ship in the 70’s and few years later was appointed managing director of Alilauro. In the 80’s he moved to Spain and there inaugurated the highspeed link to and from the Canary Islands. In the last decade of the past century, he was called from Carlo Rodriquez to take the helm of SNAV.

At the end of the ‘90s, Vittorio Morace founded Ustica Lines which is today the largest company in Italy active with highspeed craft to and from Sicily but also on the routes linking Italy to Croatia and Greece.

His sons Ettore Morace is CEO of the Spanish company Transmed Gle (part of Grimaldi Group) while Gianluca Morace heads BluNavy in Italy.

Ecospray launched three new carbon capture technologies in the maritime sector

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Reduction of CO2 emissions through the use of amines, calcium hydroxide or molten carbonate fuel cells: these are three innovative carbon capture technologies developed by Italy’s Ecospray for the marine sector, and presented in Genoa.

The announcement follows the interest for this solution express recently by shipping companies such as Grimaldi Group and Costa Cruises.

“Each one of the three technologies, which are at different stages of development, can be implemented in different contexts. Factors such as the size and type of ship, the route it sails and the space available on board have a major effect on the scope of application” Ecospray’s president Maurizio Archetti explained.

Liberty Lines and Caronte & Tourist the only bidders for the subsidized routes in Sicily

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Regione Siciliana received two offers following the public tender launched for the ferry links to and from the smaller islands surrounding Sicily. The contract is worth EUR 360 million for five years and it’s divided in two: EUR 210 million for highspeed maritime links and EUR 152 million for services operated with ropax units.

As for the highspeed routes, Liberty Lines emerged as the only participants, while Caronte & Tourist was the only company interested in the subsidised links to the Eolie, Egadi, Lampedusa and Linosa islands.

The last concession awarded saw Ustica Lines (former Liberty Lines), Caronte & Tourist and Siremar as the companies with the highest number of lines granted.