Ferry Varsovia, Polferries' new acquisition, sets sail into the sea - MarinePoland.com
Ferry Varsovia, Polferries' new acquisition, sets sail into the sea
Date of publication: 07.04.2024

Scheduled to supplement Polferries' fleet this summer, the vessel will embark on its maiden voyage early Sunday morning from the shipyard for its initial sea trials. The channel linking the shipyard to the Adriatic Sea has been undergoing dredging since early March in anticipation of this transition. A pivotal stage in this journey will occur during the final leg of the passage, situated in Porto Levante, Italy. Varsovia represents the largest unit to date to depart from the Cantiere Navale Visentini shipyard.

Earlier in the year, successful tests of machinery equipment were conducted dockside. These tests constituted a crucial phase in the preparatory measures preceding the sea voyage. Nearly a year post-launch, the vessel will embark on its inaugural trials aimed at evaluating its condition and performance during navigation. Varsovia will navigate the waters of the Adriatic for several days. The primary focus of these trials is to verify the performance of the main engines, power generators, and thrusters. The entire process has been meticulously planned, taking into account the hydrological conditions prevalent in the northeastern Italian region. Following the trials, the ship will proceed to Trieste, where it will enter dry dock in early May for underwater hull maintenance.

Polska Żegluga Bałtycka S.A., the company whose ferries operate under the Polferries brand, signed a charter agreement for the vessel in August 2022. Varsovia will be the newest addition to the fleet servicing the Świnoujście-Ystad route, commencing passenger and cargo operations in July of the current year. Each journey aboard Varsovia will accommodate up to 920 passengers and 60 crew members. The ferry features a 3 km Ro-Ro cargo line capable of transporting 140-150 trucks with trailers, in addition to space for approximately 200 passenger vehicles.

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