Venice Pilot case: Executive design and construction of a Semi Ballastable Barge Transporter (SBBT)

Executive design of an innovative duel-fuel (LNG/ diesel) vessel (power unit + barge).
Construction of the parts of the power unit + barge related to LNG: LNG tanks, engines, piping, related equipment and components.
The SBBT will be able to transport LNG and container.
Studies to adapt port safety regulation to the innovative vessel operations and LNG bunkering and the training needs.
The Innovative vessel prototype Semi-Ballastable Barge Transporter (SBBT)


  • Indicative principal dimensions
  • Length overall (Lo) barge: 80 m
  • Length overall (Lo) Power units: 35 m
  • Breadth Moulded barge : 20 m
  • Breadth Moulded Power unit : 13 m
  • Draught Operating: 5/7 m
  • LNG tanks Power unit: 50 cubic meters
  • LNG tanks barge: 3500/4000 meter cubic

Key elements

  • Energy efficiency
  • Low environmental impact
  • Innovation and rationalization of the logistics chain (integration of MoS into EU Corridors);
  • Increase competitiveness of an European shipyard
  • It is fully replicable in every place in the world where the larger size of the ships demand increasing nautical accessibility
  • The first testing area of the prototype will be the Venice Lagoon: SBBT has been designed to minimize the effects on its sensitive ecology and in particular low-wash generation
  • Optimize the power consumption and reduce the fuel consumption and emissions and for the barge machinery
  • Development and testing the hull design to minimize the cost, optimize the stability and reduce the wave impact int the lagoon
sailling on the LNG era

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