The European Union has granted co – financing of € 9.7 million to the Port of Venice ( and Tugs Riuniti Panfido ) for the construction of the first prototype of Mama Vessel – the innovative semi – sinking ships designed by BMT Titron ( England).
The prototype has been inserted into the project Poseidon Med II, approved as part of the announcement in 2014 of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport, on a budget total of 53.2 million euro.
Specifically, the European contribution will cover the final design and implementation of prototype ship (Mama Vessel or, technically, Semi Submergible Barge Transporter). The British company BMT-Titron has, in fact, made the design, paying special attention to environment with eco-friendly aspects – hull low generation wavelength and a propulsion system of dual-fuel diesel-LNG engine that ensure lowest levels of CO2 emissions and energy savings, in line with the latest recommendations and EU directives, and a draft of 4.4 meters in navigation also compatible with the lagoon environment.
The final design is expected in September 2016, and the construction of the first ship is scheduled for July 2017 (end of the trial in December 2017).
Through the assistance granted, the European Union recognises and supports the technological heart of the project of platform offshore, the port of Venice, and gives off a unique innovation that will be the key to the sustainability of the entire system offshore-onshore.
“For these features,” said Paolo Costa, president of the Port of Venice, “the Mama Vessel provides a combination of the best technology and engineering which will result in increased process quality and competitiveness of the European shipbuilding industry.
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