30 March 2023
The first fully-electric Ro-Pax Ferry in Greece
Saronic Ferries has today announced its partnership with C-Job Naval Architects. Hence, for the Greek owner, C-Job will develop the design of the first fully-electric Ro-Pax ferry in Greece.
The largest ferry operator for the Saronic islands released its future mission. Aiming to operate a purely emissions-free fleet by 2040 to all destinations.
“We are taking a step towards a cleaner world and we envision our operation in the Saronic Islands to be the inspiration for others to initiate more green fleet renewal projects in Greece.”George Papaioannides, Partner of Saronic Ferries
“We lead the way encouraging potential stakeholders to embrace change and move things forward, both on the vessel design front and on the land-based infrastructure and supply. One can’t come without the other… C-Job, at its core, is a key player in sustainable ship design, worldwide. Sharing the same values with them, naturally led to this cooperation.”Joseph Lefakis, Partner of Saronic Ferries.
Note that, C-Job Naval Architects is an international independent ship design company. Particularly, Its mission is to drive the maritime industry toward sustainability through dedication and ingenuity. The organization opened a branch office in Athens in 2020 as a response to increased demand. Moreover, to be closer to its clients in Greece as it remains at the center of the global maritime industry.
“We’re proud to have been chosen as partner to Saronic Ferries to develop their zero-emission ferry and support their sustainable ambitions. We’ve been researching alternative fuels and energy sources for nearly a decade and have applied this knowledge and other innovations to our designs. Thanks to our experience and R&D team, we’re able to show how design choices will affect operations and create the optimal design for each situation.”Nikos Papapanagiotou, Director of C-Job Athens
C-Job delivered an initial design to Saronic Ferries following an extensive sustainable fuel feasibility study. The zero-emission passenger Ro-Ro ferry for Greece has a capacity of 800 passengers and will feature a variety of sustainable aspects, including fully electric propulsion. Note that, the ferry will recharge in the port of Piraeus. The design will include state-of-the-art features in energy-saving solutions and top-in-its-class interior design, offering passengers utmost comfort at no expense to the environment. This is where the journey to zero harmful emissions in Greece begins.
The vessel is expected to join the fleet in 2026, sailing between Piraeus and the islands of Aegina and Agistri, provided the infrastructure required in the port of Piraeus is in place.
Alexandroupolis forms a new gateway to energy security and autonomy for Greece and SE Europe through the FSRU project with Gastrade.
The Final Investment Decision (FID) for the construction of the Independent Natural Gas System (INGS) of Alexandroupolis took place by the shareholders of Gastrade SA in February. The FID is the last and most important milestone, before entering the project’s construction phase.