Ferrovie dello Stato Group to refresh its fleet with two Greek ferries
Bluferries confirms the purchase of a new bi-directional ferry (with a further buying option) currently under construction at Megatechnica Shipyard of Perama
The development plan launched by Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane doesn't exclusively envisage the relaunching of rail cargo sector (through Mercitalia project) but also the strengthening of ferry services across the Strait of Messina.
Unlike former forecast, hinting the potential sale of the whole RFI's fleet, Bluferries launched a new plan of investment aimed at refreshing the fleet serving Messina - Villa San Giovanni line.
FSI Group confirmed Ship2Shore they sealed an agreement to purchase a bi-directional ferry (plus a further buying option), currently under construction at Perama-based Megatechnica Shipyard, from Ocean Freedom Shipping Company .
The ferry, 105 metres in length, 16 knots speed and capable to carry 23 heavy transport vehicles, will be paid by Blueferries 12.5 million Euro.
Unlike the ship ordered in Turkey by Caronte&Tourist, the new Greek ferry purchased by Blueferries, assisted by Ferrando&Massone brokering house, won't be a LNG dual fuel.
This second unit, to be potentially followed by a second sister unit, will support (and not replace) three further units in fleet (the Fata Morgana, Enotria and Riace).
As recently reported by MF Sicilia, Bluferries' new business plan envisages transferring the management of hi-speed passengers lines across the Strait to RFI, while road transport will be handled by deploying four ships (two of which are the new ones).
The plan foreseeing the sale of Bluferries suggested by former FS's number one Mauro Moretti in 2014 was relinquished; RFI Group returned investing in the Strait of Messina, after the Messina railway ferry commissioned Nuovi Cantieri Apuania and deployed in 2013.