Steel cutting for the second Caronte & Tourist ferry at Sefine shipyard

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  • Turkish shipbuilder Sefine (Yalova) and Bluestone Group celebrated the steel cutting ceremony for a new double-ender ferry ordered by Caronte & Tourist.
  • Expected to be delivered in H1, 2024.
  • LNG-ready engines, batteries, and solar panels.
  • Will be deployed on the Strait of Messina, between the Italian ports of Messina and Villa San Giovanni.
  • Capacity for 1,500 passengers, 602 of which can be accommodated in sheltered seating areas.
  • She will be the second newbuild supervised on behalf of Caronte & Tourist by Bluestone, a provider of technical services for the maritime industry which has been awarded a contract for plan approval and construction supervision.

Sefine shipyard launched NEREA, first ropax for Siremar

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Turkish shipbuilder Sefine launched NEREA, the new ferry ordered by Siremar (company part of Caronte & Tourist group) in Q1, 2021.

This new 8,300 GT ropax, entirely financed by Caronte & Tourist, is part of a wider fleet renovation plan. Another sister ship of the ELIO series has been commissioned for the Strait of Messina and further two to three vessels are likely to be ordered in the near future for the shortsea routes to Sicily.

NEREA is being built according to a design from Naos Design and will be ready for delivery before the next summer season.

Dimensions: 110m long, 20m wide, 800 passengers, 420 lane metres

Route: port of Milazzo – Aeolian Islands

Propulsion: Dual-fuel LNG hybrid

The World’s Largest Electric Ferry Delivered

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BASTØ ELECTRIC was delivered from Sefine Shipyard to BastøFosen on 7 December 2020. This marks a new era for Norway’s busiest ferry route Moss-Horten. When Bastø Electric enters operation in early 2021, it will be the starting point for electric operation, which will significantly reduce the route’s environmental footprint.

Following BASTØ ELECTRIC two of the existing ferries will be converted to electric drive before summer 2022.

High voltage charging systems are being built in Moss and Horten, capable of charging with a power of up to 9000 kW. The ferry has a large 4000 kWh battery system, enabling all electric operation. In addition, the ferry has diesel generators with sufficient capacity to maintain normal operation in case of failure of shore power.

BASTØ ELECTRIC is the world’s largest all electric ferry, with a length of about 145 m and capable of carrying 200 cars and 600 passengers.

Siremar Close To Order A Pair Of New Ferries For The Sicilian Market

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In the occasion of the presentation held in Messina of the new ferry Elio delivered to from Sefine shipyard, the chairman of the company,

Vincenzo Franza, chairman of Caronte&Tourist, announced that two more vessels will be ordered soon. He announced it during an event in Messina, where the Sefine-built ELIO was presented. The two new ferries are needed for the routes from Sicily to Lampedusa and Pantelleria. Both those maritime links are covered by Siremar, the ferry company jointly controlled by Caronte&Tourist and Liberty Lines.

“The projects are ready and we also have the funds” said Franza.

Negotiation were ongoing in the recent past with several shipyards in China, Portugal, Poland, Turkey and Italy, with Fincantieri.

The project has been developed by Naos Design.

This new series of ro-pax units should have 1,000 passenger capacity, up to 170 cabins and 650 lane meters plus 60 cars of space in the garage. Propulsion might be dual-fuel LNG, repeating the choice made for the new ferry ELIO.