The world's largest luxury roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) passenger vessel, built by Guangzhou Shipyard International Co for Italy's Moby Line company, set sail Friday from Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province heading for Europe.
The vessel, dubbed Moby Fantasy is expected to begin operations between the cities of Genoa, Olbia and Livorno along the Mediterranean coast in the months to come.
Zhang Zhenguo, International Construction Manager of Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd (GSI), said the ship has strong loading capacity.
Its operating capacity has increased by 30 to 40 percent compared to the same type of ships in the world.
Achille Onorato, general manager of Moby Line, said the construction of the vessel demonstrates the friendship between China and Italy.
The vessel is 237 meters long and has a molded width of 33 meters. It has 530 guest rooms and is designed for more than 2,500 passengers and 800 vehicles. It can reach speeds of 23.5 knots (43.5 kilometers per hour).
Meanwhile, the vessel is designed strictly in accordance with the concepts of green environmental protection and efficient operation.
The Moby Fantasy is equipped with an extremely low-power engine system, which can drive the ship to 25 knots with extremely low fuel consumption.
It also reserves a liquefied natural gas propulsion function interface, allowing its owners to easily switch to LNG in the coming years. This will further reduce the emissions of pollutants from ships.