Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri has scheduled a meeting with unions to present a new ferry that will be built entirely in Palermo. The work is expected to begin in November 2024, with delivery planned for the summer of 2026. The ferry will operate between Sicily and the islands of Lampedusa and Pantelleria. It will be a state-of-the-art vessel, measuring 142 meters in length, 22 meters wide, and weighing 40,000 tonnes. It will have 8 decks, a maximum speed of 19 knots, and will be able to transport up to 1,000 passengers and 200 cars and trucks. The ferry will feature cabins, a dining area, and parking spaces. It will also be environmentally friendly, with photovoltaic panels installed onboard, allowing for up to 4 hours of zero-emissions in port. Trade unions have praised the decision to build the entire ship in Palermo, as it will benefit not only the workers but also the city and the entire region of Sicily. They hope that this project will be the beginning of a new era of shipbuilding in the area, with further vessels being constructed in the future.
Fincantieri Palermo, presentato ai sindacati il progetto del nuovo traghetto per le isole