28 march 2023
Steel cutting for the second Ro-Pax ferry newbuilding, contracted by Polish Ferries, began at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard in Gdansk on 27 March 2023.
The ferry is being built under an agreement signed on November 26, 2021. According to it, Remontowa Shiprepair Yard, part of Remontowa Holding, is the contractor of three such vessels for the company Polish Ferries, whose shareholders are the State Treasury and Polish Steamship Company (Polsteam). Two ferries will sail in the livery of Unity Line, a Polsteam Group subsidiary, while the third one will carry the Polferries logo.
"With the start of the production process, a new chapter in the history of the country's shipyards has also begun. The contract, which is currently being carried out, will bring many benefits to Remontowa and Polish shipowners," stressed Deputy Infrastructure Minister Grzegorz Witkowski, who attended the ceremony.
He added that thanks to the investment, "the entire Polish ferry shipping and shipbuilding industry gains a strong and well-established market position. Consequently, the role of Poland’s industry as a supplier of low-emission, modern vessels is also strengthened".
The ferries under construction will comply with, among other things, the increasingly stringent regulations of the International Maritime Organisation and the European Union.
The ferries will be powered by four dual-fuel LNG engines with battery assistance. Each vessel will have two azimuth thrusters at the stern and two bow thrusters to enhance port manoeuvring. LNG propulsion, which will be used on the new ferries, will reduce CO2 emissions by around a quarter compared to current solutions used on similar vessels.