At a press conference in Kolobrzeg, Poland, earlier this month, Marek Grobarczyk, Polish Secretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure, announced that state-owned Polferries had signed a contract for a ropax with Italian ferry builder Visentini.
It was confirmed the vessel will be chartered-in to “fill the gap” before the newbuildings are delivered.
Polish Baltic Shipping Co (Polferries) President, Andrzej Madejski, said that an agreement with the Italian shipyard was signed after lengthy negotiations for a 10-year charter with a purchase option available after six years.
The LNG-ready ropax, which will be delivered to Polferries in the second half of 2024, will be of 216 m in length, 28 m beam with 3,000 plus lane m for freight and able to accommodate 1,000 pax in 230 cabins.
She will serve the Polferries’ route between Swinoujscie and Ystad.
She was said to be a lengthened and slightly modified version of the NAOS designed ’A Galeotta’, currently being built for Corsica Linea at Visentini.