Polferries has published a photo of the ferry that will join its fleet next year. The distinctive company logo can already be seen on the side of the vessel being built at the Italian Visentini shipyard.
The Polish shipowner will charter the vessel for 10 years, retaining the right of first refusal after six years of operation. The contract was signed and announced in the summer of 2022. The ferry will complete Polferries’ fleet in 2024 and will operate on the Swinoujscie-Ystad route.
The shipowner reports that the launch of the vessel’s hull is scheduled for this spring. After this process, the ferry will be retrofitted and finishing works will be carried out inside. The new vessel features almost three kilometres of the lane. The passenger spaces will be able to accommodate almost 1,000 passengers in 216 cabins.
Polferries currently operates five Ro-Pax vessels, connecting Poland and Scandinavia. Two of them sail on the Gdańsk – Nynashamn route close to Stockholm, while the others are present on the Świnoujście – Ystad line, from where it is easy to reach Copenhagen or Malmo, for example.
In a recent interview with Puls Biznesu, the CEO of Polferries Andrzej Madejski indicates that once the new ferry has been taken over, the oldest units will be decommissioned.