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Corsica Linea orders an LNG ferry to the Italian shipyard Visentini

Corsica Linea orders an LNG ferry to the Italian shipyard Visentini

The Corsican company announced Tuesday, July 30, having ordered its first ferry with a propulsion operating on liquefied natural gas. It will be produced by the Italian shipyard Visentini, located in Porto Viro, near Venice. The latter has delivered since 2002 a very long series of 26 Ro-Pax of about 186 meters adopting a common design basis, which allows it to offer extremely competitive costs. They are found at Balearia, Grimaldi, Stena, Brittany Ferries (Etretat) and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs for Airbus (Spirit of Montoir and Mobile Express). The last two units produced by the Italian shipyard, the Alejandria Hypatia and the Marie Curie, are a new version of this series adopting an LNG propulsion.

The Alejandria Hypatia, delivered at the beginning of the year, is Visentini’s first LNG ferry (© MARC OTTINI)

The Alejandria Hypatia, delivered at the beginning of the year, is Visentini’s first LNG ferry (© MARC OTTINI)

Available in 2022, the ship ordered by Corsica Linea will apparently be of a new type and larger (206 meters). Capable of reaching 23 knots and armed with the French flag, it will have 2560 linear meters for freight (+ 150 light vehicles on a dedicated car deck) and will accommodate 650 passengers. It will be financed by Crédit Agricole.

View of the future ship (© CORSICA LINEA)

“In order to meet the growing demands of international and European regulation, and even to anticipate it, the use of LNG as a fuel is an effective and relevant response, since it allows the elimination of SOx emissions (LNG does not contain sulfur) and fine particle discharges; reduce NOx emissions by 90% and CO2 by 25%. This means that, in the event of the creation of an ECA zone in the Mediterranean, vessels operating on LNG are assured of complying with the regulations. LNG is also the guarantee of a cleaner ship, both in the engine room and the 50% reduction in the volume of residues to be landed and oil consumption, “stresses Corsica Linea.

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