Messina’s New ConRo Vessel Jolly Quarzo Delivered, South Korea

Messina's New ConRo Vessel Jolly Quarzo Delivered

The delivery of “Jolly Quarzo” has taken place on February 21st at the Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard. The Industrial Plan, that will lead Messina shipping Group to enlarge its fleet by four 3900 teu or 6350 linear meter new ro-ro containerships the largest of this kind ever built (Jolly Quarzo follows Jolly Diamante, Jolly Perla and Jolly Cristallo) takes one step forward.

The building of “Jolly Quarzo”, together with the achievement of the other three sister vessels, marks a real change-over for Ignazio Messina & C. SpA entering the newbuilding market with the main aim to renew its own fleet. The first four units have been entirely designed by the Company’s project team headed by Eng. Allieri, financed by Banca Carige Group and built by Daewoo shipyard (while for the building of the following four units, to be delivered in 2014, is committed the Korean shipyard of STX); all the new vessels are technologically advanced and fitted with the state-of-the-art antipollution system like that of new generation for the cleaning of exhausted gas which qualified the Company to obtain, first in the world, the Greenplus environmental-friendly Certificate from R.I.NA; with an overall length of 240 meters and a 37.50 meter breadth the ships can reach a 21.5 knot speed.

The new multipurpose vessels are highly flexible; in particular, with a draft of 11.50 meters and 45,200 DWT, they are able to operate also in those African ports (with great potential of development in which the Genoese Company is increasingly consolidating) where large containerships cannot be received due to draft limitation and lack of infrastructures. With a stern quarter ramp of 350 ton capacity the four sister-ships can load awkward and project cargo upto 7 meters high. They all fly the Italian flag, are R.I.NA. and ABS certified, registered in the International Register at the Genoa Coast Guard and mainly manned by Italian crew. The total value of this first investment phase exceeds 300 million Dollars.

Press Release, February 25, 2013