STX Canada Marine has contracted Roadships Holding to assist in the design and development of a high-speed monohull roll-on/roll-off vessel.

The design of the vessel will focus on water, waste, energy, emissions and sustainability.

STX Canada Marine president David McMillan said the decision to move towards a clean design aligns the firm with the green approach of its parent company, STX Europe.

The latest technologies will be applied in the design and equipment selection to ensure the ship achieves the least impact on the environment and will put the vessel at the forefront of a new generation of coastal marine transportation, McMillan said.