April 12 - Nordana has placed an order with Italian yard, Visentini for the first of its next generation of multipurpose ro-ro vessels, scheduled for delivery in May 2014, kicking off the line's tonnage renewal programme for its Mediterranean / Americas r
The line says it expects that the fleet which operates the service will be completely replaced by the end of 2014, when it will operate with three new eco-friendly ro-ro vessels.
The ship design has been developed by the Visentini yard and Naos ship design in a close and constructive co-operation with Nordana.
Nordana says the vessel's hull design and machinery is setting new standards for fuel economy and includes the most up-to-date technology to enable it to meet emission targets, and comply with ballast water legislation.
The vessel's capacity is approximately 35 percent higher than current tonnage, and the greater speed will allow the service to improve with faster transit times to all the main ports served, while reducing fuel costs due to higher engine efficiency.
The new vessel will be almost 179 m long, 26.2 m wide and has a deadweight of 11,060 tonnes.
It's 200-tonne capacity, stern ramp, hoistable car decks, and two 40-tonne capacity deck cranes will enable it to handle heavy and out-of-gauge cargoes.