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Rendering of Attica Group's new Aero high-speed catamarans for Hellenic Seaways service. © Attica Group

Rendering of Attica Group's new Aero high-speed catamarans for Hellenic Seaways service. © Attica Group

Attica signs agreement with Brødrene Aa for three next-generation ‘Aero’ passenger catamarans

High-speedAttica Group has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder Brødrene Aa for the construction of three 150-passenger high-speed catamarans that will follow the builder’s state-of-the-art ‘Aero Catamaran’ design.

The single deck for 150 passengers with ample space to store luggage in the overhead luggage bins which supplement designated luggage areas. ©  Attica Group

The single deck for 150 passengers with ample space to store luggage in the overhead luggage bins which supplement designated luggage areas. © Attica Group

The 36m long and 9.7m beam vessels are earmarked for Hellenic Seaways' Saronic islands services, replacing ageing hydrofoils. With a speed of 34 knots, the new catamarans are faster than the Russia-built hydrofoils, further reducing travel time.

The EUR 21 million investment will be covered by own funds and bank financing with the construction to begin immediately after the signing of the loan agreement. Delivery of the three ships is expected within the first four months of 2022.

Brødrene Aa's aerodynamic one-deck Aero vessels will reduce energy consumption by about 10%, whilst the builder's carbon fibre reinforced sandwich catamarans already reduce fuel consumption by up to 40 % compared to traditional vessels. To further improve energy efficiency and reduce the emissions footprint, the sleek catamarans will be fitted with solar panels, generating the energy required for all lighting and energy consumption of the accommodation areas.

The new catamarans will boast an innovative interior layout, guaranteeing a high level of comfort and upgraded services for the passengers. The spacious passenger accommodation areas and large windows will provide passengers excellent sea views. The innovative hull form and upgraded ride control system should guarantee a comfortable crossing in rough sea conditions. There will be special provisions for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as dedicated areas for bicycle storage, designated luggage areas and air-conditioned kennels for pets.

In a press statement, Attica Group said that the new vessels would "significantly upgrade the travel experience for the over 3 million passengers travelling annually on the Saronic routes".

© Shippax / PHO / PR

Jan 28 2021


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