Marine Log

Gotlandia II

April 19, 2006

Fincantieri christens fast ferry

The fast ferry Gotlandia II has been christened at Fincantieri's Muggiano shipyard.

The 122 m x 16.65 m vessel was ordered in June 2004 by Sweden's Rederi A.B. Gotland for its Destination Gotland subsidiary. It was built at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso shipyard, fitted out at Muggiano and completed in just 14 months from keel laying to delivery.

The vessel was built and designed in accordance with IMO code HSC 2000 and is classed by Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

The hull is of a high-tensile steel hull and the superstructure is light alloy superstructure.

The Gotlandia II is equipped with two bow thrusters, four Ruston RK 280 diesel engines of 9,000 kW each and four steering- reversing water jets.

It is able to reach a maximum speed of approximately 40 knots and will have an operating speed of 36 knots. Maximum deadweight is 580 tonnes, with a capacity for 780 passengers in addition to over 160 cars or 8 buses.

The ship, which is scheduled to operate in the Baltic Sea, has been designed and built in accordance with the stringent environmental requirements laid down by the Swedish Maritime Authority. It is equipped with catalytic converters to reduce the level of pollutants emitted both at sea and when in port and with passive acoustic pollution control systems that will enable noise levels to be substantially contained at all times.

The design and construction of the vessel has drawn on dual technologies, some from the naval field, as with the series of high performance ferries built by Fincantieri in the second half of the 1990s. These ferries were developed from the experience of the "Destriero", which, in 1992 won the "Blue Ribbon", setting the record for the Atlantic crossing, without refuelling at an average speed of over 53 knots, with peak speeds of almost 70 knots.

This new ferry is the fifth of this type built by Fincantieri to take up service in the Baltic Sea. Other fast ferries built by Fincantieri are in service in the seas off Great Britain and Italy.