Messina, Italy (PortSEurope) November 22, 2018 – The new Trinacria ship of Bluferries, a subsidiary of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (FS Italian Group), has been inaugurated in the port of Messina.
The vessel will start operations from December 2018 and will offer services for the transport of passengers and goods between Messina and Villa San Giovanni, Calabria.
The ferry can carry up to 400 people and a maximum of 23 trucks or 150 vehicles. Made in Greece Freedom from Ocean Shipping Company, Trinacria is characterized by reduced fuel consumption by 30% and for the emission of CO2 lower than 50%.
The economic investment is €14.5 million ($16.54 million), self-financed by Bluferries.
The arrival of the new ship confirms the commitment and the great attention of the FS Italiane Group and of RFI for navigation in the Strait of Messina and, more generally, for the South.
In 2020, Bluferries will complete the renewal of the naval fleet with the arrival of another ferry.
In October 2018, Bluferries shipping company started operating a fast passenger service across the Strait of Messina between and Reggio Calabria (mainland Italy) and Messina (Sicily). It replaced a service provided by Liberty Lines under three-year contract with the Ministry of Transport (MIT) which expired.
Bluferries is part of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), which is in turn owned by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, both state-owned enterprises.
Source: FS News
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