Tirrenia launches its new ro-ro in Flensburg
The Alf Pollack will enter into service next Autumn and will be supported by a sistership by the end of the year
Flensburg shipyard launched the first of two cargo ro-ro vessels that have been ordered by the Onorato group and “will be the biggest and the greenest ro-ro ships sailing the Med”, the company said.
The ship has been christened Alf Pollack, so as to honour the late German tour operator that, as chairman of Seatours International, in the 80’s gave trust to the then newly established shipping company Moby Lines and was a close friend of the founder the company, Vincenzo Onorato.
The new ro-ro vessel, ordered directly by the Onorato family and due to operate under the Tirrenia colours, is 209,79 metres long, with a 32.770 tons dwt e 6,80 metres draft, and can carry 4,100 linear metres cargo for 300 trailers. It is expected to start operating next Autumn on a still to be disclosed Motorways of the Sea route in the Med, and it will be supported by a sister vessel that is expected to be launched in the next few months.
“The launch of this vessel – said Onorato - makes us very proud and faithful: our group is now willing to play a leading role both in the cabotage sector (i.e. routes connecting Italy and France with major Islands) and in the highly competitive market of Motorways of the Seas. We are confident to give a substantial help to the Italian shipping and especially to Italian seafarers who are still suffering from the terrible crisis that hit the Italian marine sector during the last five years”
In addition to the two ro-ro vessels, Onorato Group has placed an order in China for two new ro-pax ferries (2.500 passengers and 3.500 linear metres), which will join the fleet of Moby.