Attica Group, a leading coastal shipping company in Greece, has announced the delivery of the newly built Aero 1 Highspeed catamaran, constructed at Norway’s Brødrene Aa shipyard.
The Aero 1 Highspeed is the first of the three Aero Catamarans ordered in January 2021 that will be deployed in the Saronic islands and replace the group’s ships to the specific destinations.
The total investment amounts to 21 million euros and will be covered by own funds and bank financing.
The new, state-of-the-art Aeros boast an ultra-modern design and innovative features that will significantly upgrade the travel experience for the over 3 million passengers travelling annually on the Saronic routes.
The vessel at full load has a maximum speed of 32,2 knots, total length of 36 meters, width 9.7 meters and carrying capacity of 150 passengers.
The innovative interior layout guarantees a high level of comfort and an upgraded service to the passengers, offering:
• a comfortable trip even in rough seas, resulting from the innovative hull form and upgraded ride control system
• spacious passenger accommodation area with large windows providing excellent view and ample natural light
• overhead luggage bins, as well as specially designated luggage areas
• special provisions for the facilitation of passengers with reduced mobility
• dedicated area for bicycle transportation
• dedicated air-conditioned kennels for pets.
The extremely light construction of carbon fibre contributes to the reduction of fuel consumption and air emissions, and thus to the mitigation of Attica Group’s carbon footprint, in line with the group’s goal for gradual transition to a greener economy. In an effort to further improve its energy efficiency, Attica equipped the vessel with solar panels that will generate the energy required for all lighting and energy consumption of the accommodation area.
According to Attica Group, the deployment of the new Aeros will increase the total capacity on the Saronic routes and contribute to the further economic development of the Saronic islands and their local communities.
“In these challenging times, we remain focused on providing first class sea transport services to our passengers, with new, innovative and more environmental friendly vessels, to the benefit of our islands and their people and to the Greek tourism and economy,” Attica Group CEO Spiros Paschalis said.