The new Polferries Ro-Pax is taking shape

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The shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini located in Porto Viro, Italy is building a new Ro-Pax for Polferries. The 10-year charter contract was signed in August 2022.

The new ferry will be the largest in this Polish shipowner’s fleet. It will have around 3,000 lane meters for freight units (140-145 standard trucks 16,5-17m) which will be loaded on 3 ro-ro decks and in addition opportunity to load about 200 passenger cars on other 2 car decks.

The ferry will accommodate 920 passengers and 60 crew members.

It will enter the fleet in mid-2024 and will operate on the Swinoujscie-Ystad route.

New ro-pax for Polferries launched at Cantiere Navale Visentini (VIDEO)

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The new ro-pax, to be delivered to Polferries, has just been launched at Cantiere Navale Visentini in Italy and will enter service in the second half of 2024.

The vessel will be chartered from a subsidiary of the shipbuilder for a period of 10 years, with a purchase option after 6 years.

These are the main technical details of the new vessel:

LOA 216m | 28M wide | 3,000 lane meters | 1,000 pax | 230 cabins | LNG-ready

Polferries update on new tonnage

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In an interview with Radio Gdańsk, Andrzej Madejski of Polskiej Żeglugi Bałtyckiej (Polferries) has provided an update on the three ro-pax ferries being built at Remontowa for his company and Unity Line.

  • The Polferries vessel is due to enter service in 2027. The first of the two Unity Line ferries should be delivered in 2025
  • Sheet metal cutting is continuing on the first vessel and the hull should be launched at the end of the year
  • All three units will serve the Świnoujście-Ystad line

Meanwhile, Polferries has said that their Visentini ro-pax newbuild will be launched in the Spring, with the vessel entering service in the second half of 2024.  The vessel will be chartered from a subsidiary of the shipbuilder for a period of 10 years, with a purchase option after 6 years.

Photos: Polferries

Polferries to charter a new Visentini

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  • President of Polska Żegluga Bałtycka (Polferries) Andrzej Madejski explained that a contract for chartering a ropax has been signed.
  • LOA 216m | 28M wide | 3,000 lane meters | 1,000 pax | 230 cabins | LNG-ready
  • To be built and owned by the Visentini Group, delivered in H2, 2024.
  • This charter is “to bridge the gap until the newbuilds are ready.”
  • Charter 10 years + option to buy after 6 years

Polferries: Gdansk and/or Gdynia?

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In an interview, Andrzej Madejski, president of Polska Żegluga Bałtycka (Polferries), said the following:

  • A serious economic effect of the war in Ukraine is the increase in fuel costs, which has a strong impact on Polferries. The company increased the fares, but it still does not cover the total bunker
  • Since January last year, fuel prices have increased by 100%, while the company’s budget assumed a 20-30% increase.
  • Hesitation about the move from Gdańsk to the new ferry terminal at the Port of Gdynia, as announced last year.
  • Moving to Gdynia could happen in autumn 2022.
  • Desire to keep Gdańsk too. Because Polferries is the only operator there and because of the easy connection with the motorway.
  • Advanced talks to charter a new ship
  • Design works are also underway on the ferry, which will be built for Polferries by the Remontowa shipyard under a contract signed with Sedina 2 – a subsidiary of Polskie Promów.

Polferries to get an intermediate ferry before the newbuild(s)

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Polish Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Marek Gróbarczyk announced at a press conference onboard NOVA STAR that Polska Żegluga Bałtycka (Polferries) will get a financial support of PLN 140 million (EUR 30 million) to acquire a ferry, until the previously announced newbuilt units are put into operation.

Polferries received funds in the form of securities from the State Treasury.
The stop-gap ferry will either be bought or chartered.
It is understood the ferry will be used on the Świnoujście-Ystad line. Port of Ystad has built new, larger ferry berths. Contractually, Polferries has to bring in a new ship.

A report by Radio Szczecin quotes the president of Polska Żegluga Bałtycka, who says that they are “entering the market for the purchase of a used or new ferry, which is currently under construction.”

Andrzej Madejski, president of PŻB, said, money is a stable base to start talks with shipowners who want to sell vessels, as well as with shipyards that are in the final stage of building units. (Note from editor: would he mean LNG-powered HONFLEUR, in the final stage of construction at Fosen Yard?)
Last year, Polferries carried 341,000 passengers, 156,000 passenger cars and 161,000 trucks.

What Is Happening With Polferries?

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Five years ago, representatives of the Szczecin-Świnoujście and Ystad ports and Polferries signed a letter of intent regarding two new ropax ferries and the adaptation of the port of Ystad.

Ystad is ready with its port. Two new quays were built, capable of accepting the planned LNG-powered ferries. But besides a rusty keel, there is no ship.
Marek Gróbarczyk, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, said the delay was ‘caused by the pandemic’.

The European Union is threatening to withdraw its support.

The EU, through its Executive Agency for Innovation and Networks (INEA), wants confirmation from Polferries that by the end of 2024 an LNG-powered ferry will be introduced on the Ystad – Świnoujście route. The Polish Ministry of Infrastructure claims that the task will be completed.

Last week, Piotr Redmerski, the CEO of Polferries PZB, lost his position after 15 years. His dismissal is seen by many as political.


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From 25 March till 02 April, the following changes will be introduced in the Polferries ferry traffic:

Swinoujscie – Ystad: MAZOVIA and CRACOVIA will operate according to timetable, but BALTIVIA will be transferred.

Nynäshamn- Gdansk: NOVA STAR ferry will not operate the line. BALTIVIA, intended only freight traffic goes into the NOVA STAR timetable.

All transports of cars and trucks without driver until further notice are suspended. The above decision does not apply to the carriage of semi-trailers which will be operated in the normal manner.

Polferries write they are not able to guarantee single cabins for freight drivers.