Tirrenia Takes Rina High Speed COMFORT

Monday, November 19, 2001
Italian ferry operator Tirrenia has been awarded Rina’s COMFORT class notation for two high speed ferries. The 1,800-passenger 43 knot Scorpio, and the recently built 2,700-passenger 29 knot Bithya, have been recognized by Italian classification society RINA as compliant with COMFORT Class.

The certification has been awarded to the two ships following a comprehensive series of tests carried out during normal operations at sea. Scorpio serves the Civitavecchia to Olbia route and Bithya serves the Genova to Porto Torres route. At the end of the tests, the ships have been found compliant with the noise and vibration limits established by RINA to ensure an outstanding level of passenger comfort.

RINA's criteria for granting the COMFORT Class are based on the most updated international standards issued by the IMO and the ISO, developed by RINA in 1999 for HSC and in 2000 for other passenger ships.

Tirrenia's spokesman says, "It is with great satisfaction that we announce this achievement, particularly for Bithya, a fast ferry for which, due to its high service speed and novel design, meeting RINA's COMFORT Class is a technological challenge. Achieving this demonstrates the attention we give to the quality of our services and to our customers."

Mario Dogliani, head of Innovation, Research & Products of RINA's Ship Division adds, "The Comfort Class is becoming a standard among passenger ship operators. RINA's portfolio already includes five high-speed craft, several pleasure craft, two cruise ships (soon to be five) and now with Bithya, a fast ferry of a new concept, we cover the whole range of passenger ships."

The COMFORT Class adds to the series of specialised class notations recently developed by RINA to certify the most significant characteristics and performance standards of passenger ships.

RINA has particular expertise in the passenger ship sector for both cruiseships and ferries. At present, forty percent of cruise ship newbuildings are built under RINA supervision. The COMFORT class notation was adopted for high-speed vessels in 1999. Three more cruise ships are currently waiting for COMFORT class notation.

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Schlumberger Announces Q1 Results

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) today reported first-quarter 2014 revenue from continuing operations of $11.24 billion versus $11.91 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $10.

Russia Ships First Oil From Offshore Arctic Platform

President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's first shipment of Arctic offshore oil on Friday, saying the platform decried by environmentalists will help Moscow expand its global energy markets share.

Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector

Ship Sales

Kvichak-built Hovercraft for Sale

The 95’ BHT-150 hovercraft SUNAX, built by Kvichak Marine Industries and owned and operated by Aleutians East Borough, is for sale through public competitive bid.

Litigation Can Cost Shipbrokers an Arm & a Leg

A survey of London solicitors by specialist intermediaries insurer ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts,

Scorpio Tankers' Latest Sale & Purchase Deals

Scorpio Tankers says it recorded a gain of US$51-million from the sale of the 7 VLCC newbuilding contracts announced earlier. In March 2014, the Company received

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3326 sec (3 req/sec)