On Friday, 26 November, a contract for new Ro-Pax ferries to be built for the company Polskie Promy, whose shareholders are the State Treasury and Polska Żegluga Morska, was signed in Gdansk.
Within the agreement framework, Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A. will build three ferries, two of which will sail in the colours of Unity Line, a subsidiary of PŻM. In addition, part of the contract is a letter of intent, which includes an option to build a fourth ferry.
These will be modern, environmentally-friendly low-emission units powered by four LNG Dual-Fuel engines with battery assistance (hybrid), fed by liquefied natural gas and diesel fuel used for initial ignition. In addition, instead of conventional propellers, each ferry will be equipped with two azimuth thrusters at the stern and two bow thrusters, which will significantly improve manoeuvring in ports.
Each ferry will feature 195.6m in length, 31.6m in breadth and 4100 lane metres. Their maximum speed will be 19 knots. The ferries will be able to carry 400 passengers and will be manned by 50 people.
The contractor is Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A. It is the largest shipyard of Poland’s shipbuilding group Remontowa Holding. It has extensive experience in design, construction, conversion and equipping low-emission vessels of various types with gas and electric propulsion.
Since 2009, the Group has delivered 19 new vessels using LNG for main propulsion, including 15 ferries, to shipowners from Norway, Denmark, Canada and Sweden. Over the past few years, it has also converted three large Ro-Pax ferries for Canadian and Swedish shipowners, replacing their propulsion systems with new ones powered by LNG as well as methanol.