Corsica Linea chose Italy again
After Ecospray and Palumbo, the French ferry company placed an order with Visentini, which will build the first LNG ferry to call at the French island
The collaboration between Corsica Linea and Italian suppliers is getting stronger.
After having chosen Ecospray's scrubbers and the shipyard Palumbo for assembling operations, the company headed by Pierre-Antoine Villanova – recently confirmed for the supply of the subsidised pubic service connecting Corsica and the continent until the end of 2020 – placed the first order of its history (which started a few years ago, following the winding up of the former national company SNCM) with the Veneto shipyard Visentini.
Within 2022, Porto Viro shipyards will build a new 206 meters long ferry, with a capacity of 650 passengers and 2,560 linear meters of cargo, as well as 150 cars, sailing at 23 knots.
Corsica Linea, supported by Crédit Agricole Group, emphasized especially the unit's LNG propulsion, since the new ferry will be the first LNG ship to call at Corsican ports on a regular basis. In fact, eco-friendly solutions are essential for Corsica Linea's corporate policies. "Besides propulsion, one of the peculiarities of the ship will be its gas-supplied heating and electricity generating systems. This allows for the elimination of sulphur oxides and fine particles emissions. Therefore, the environmental performance will be better than that provided for by the law in force, and also than the future regulations governing emissions, and the ship will comply with a possible Mediterranean ECA zone", the company pointed out in a note.
Being one of the pioneers of cold ironing in the port of Marseilles, Corsica Linea is part of the think tank created by the local Port Authority to implement a LNG naval supply station, together with other shipowners, with Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, with the operators of the Elengy et Fosmax LNG terminals and with the inter-professional platform for LNG as maritime an river fuel, coordinated by AFG (Association française du gaz).