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Fincantieri's shipyard in Palermo has been entrusted with the modernization of Grimaldi Lines' two ro-paxes, Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona.
The vessels will be jumboized with the use of 29 m long inserts. The mid-bodies will be constructed in 2018, while the completion of the lengthening process is scheduled for summer 2019. Once enlarged, each of the ferries will be 254 m long (currently 225 m), offering room for 3.5k passengers (3.0k), 3.7k lane metres of cargo capacity (3.0k), and a car deck 3.0k m2 big (2.4k m2).
In addition, Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona will be equipped with scrubbers to comply with the stricter 0.5% sulphur cap due to enter into force in 2020, as well as with batteries which will be used during turnaround port operations to avoid the use of diesel-powered generators.
The two ferries currently serve the route linking the ports of Civitavecchia, Porto Torres, and Barcelona.
The Grimaldi Group already has experience with lengthening its vessels, as Finnlines, one of its subsidiaries, recently jumboized a number of its ships >>>