WARSAW, March 28 — An ecological ferry for the Danish island Samso was launched Thursday in the Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard in Gdansk, north Poland.
The gas-fuelled passenger/car ferry is among the largest of its kind ever built in the yard.
The ship is 100 meters long and 19 meters wide with room for 600 people and 160 vehicles. It will be used on all-year-round routes between Samso and the mainland.
The ferry's gas-run engines make for considerable reductions in CO2 and nitrogen emissions. Samso is the first Danish island to switch to renewable energy and currently relies solely on wind power.
The ferry was designed and built by companies belonging to the Remontowa Holding, Poland's leading shipyard corporation and owner of Remontowa Shipbuilding. Remontowa Holding employs over 7,000 people in two shipyards and numerous shipping enterprises.
Remontowa Shipbuilding specializes in offshore vessels, ferries, cargo ships, tugboats and naval ships. It is one the world's leading producers of LNG-powered ships and a pioneer of this technology in Europe.
The yard produces about 10 ships annually and its annual sales are estimated at PLN 1 billion (0.33 billion U.S. dollars). (PNA/Xinhua)