Fincantieri has signed a contract with Grimaldi Group for the lengthening and refurbishment of cruise ferries, Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona.

The deal is based on a letter of intent signed between the parties on 5 March and will see the lengthening of each ship to about 254m.

Following the upgrade, each ship will be 63,000GT and will be able to carry 3,500 passengers, with a 3,000m² car deck and over 3,700 linear metres for heavy vehicles.

The 29m-long lengthening section will be developed to accommodate nearly 600 additional linear metres for heavy vehicles, 80 sleeping rooms in new passenger cabins, two new public spaces with a total capacity of 450 Pullman beds, and a new ‘Family self-service’ restaurant with about 270 seats.

Various refurbishment works on the existing public areas, including the construction of a theme restaurant, will also be carried out under the latest contract.

Safety equipment will also be installed on the ship in order to manage the increased passenger transport capacity.

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“These solutions are set to help Grimaldi Group to avoid the use of diesel-powered generators and to achieve its goal of zero emissions at the port.”

A range of advanced solutions, including a scrubber system and a lithium battery-based propulsion system will be added to the exhaust gas cleaning and to power the ships during the turnaround time in ports, respectively.

These solutions are set to help Grimaldi Group to avoid the use of diesel-powered generators and to achieve its goal of zero emissions at the port.

Construction of the two mid-body sections of the ships is scheduled to begin within this year and is expected to be completed next year.

Fincantieri’s Ship Repair and Conversion unit will carry out the upgrade at the Palermo shipyard in Italy.

Featuring a 225m length and 54,000t capacity, both Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona are currently providing daily services on the Civitavecchia- Porto Torres-Barcelona route in Italy.

Built by Fincantieri in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy, the ships are capable of carrying about 3,000 passengers, a 2,400m² car deck, and around 3,000 linear metres for heavy vehicles.