VESSEL REVIEW | Costa d’Argento – Tuscany tour company adds 34m newbuild to fleet

PASSENGER VESSEL WEEK

In August 2021, Cantieri Navali Boschetti in Cesenatico delivered its latest newbuild, a new sightseeing and liner service boat named Costa d’Argento (“Silver Coast”) for the Tuscan shipping company Maregiglio.

The construction, designed by Tecnonavi, is made with a reinforced FRP hull and measures 34.04 metres long and 7.4 metres wide.

The superstructures are made from wood. There are five boarding points: one each on the port and starboard sides, in the centre of the hull, and port and starboard boarding points at the stern. The main deck has a lounge, furnished with gray eco-leather sofas and a cream-colored leather upholstered ceiling with powerful LED lighting strips.

On the stern side are two toilets, a galley for the crew, and a stockroom for the stowage of goods that are necessary for the liner service that the vessel sails on every day.

A novelty on this boat is access to the engine room, which consists of an electrio-hydraulically operated hatch as an alternative to the traditional access points. This  allows convenient access for maintenance and repairs. Two stairways, a large one at the stern and another one in the centre of the saloon, allow access to the sundeck.

Made of FRP like the hull, the sundeck is furnished with monocoque wooden benches. Also located on the sundeck is the wheelhouse, which features a furnished covered sitting area and two toilets in addition to the other two on the main deck. The dashboard shape was designed in such a way that is reduces the glare caused by sunlight.

There are three control consoles. In addition to the main one, there are two control stations on the sides of the wheelhouse. These are placed on lateral balconies that guarantee high visibility. The consoles also feature controls for the engines, the rudders, and the two manoeuvring thrusters, one each at the bow and the stern.

The stern also has space for a lifeboat and a dedicated davit. Furthermore, via a steel ladder positioned behind the wheelhouse, it is possible to reach the third deck.

Power for the vessel is provided by a pair of 1,118kW engines driving five-bladed, fixed-pitch propellers. This arrangement allowed speeds of up to 20 knots to be reached even when transporting its maximum capacity of 450 passengers, a number that includes passengers with limited mobility such as disabled individuals.

All of Costa d’Argento‘s onboard hydraulic systems are made with cupro nickel pipes. A specific purifier is also installed to clean up the blackwater before it is discharged into the sea.

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Costa d’Argento
SPECIFICATIONS
Type of vessel:Sightseeing boat
Flag:Italy
Owner:Maregiglio, Italy
Operator:Maregiglio, Italy
Designer:Tecnonavi, Italy
Builder:Cantieri Navali Boschetti, Italy
Hull construction material:FRP
Superstructure construction material:Wood
Deck construction material:FRP
Length overall:34.04 metres
Beam:7.4 metres
Main engines:2 x Baudouin, each 1,118 kW
Propulsion:2 x fixed-pitch propellers
Side thrusters:2
Maximum speed:20 knots
Other deck equipment:Lifeboat davit
Other equipment installed:5 x boarding points; 2 x secondary helm control stations; ladder; blackwater purifier
Interior lighting:LED
Interior fitout/furnishings:Toilets; stockroom
Lifeboat:1
Type of fuel:Diesel
Accommodation:Passenger cabin; lounge; sundeck; crew galley
Passengers:450

Gabriele Zambianchi

Gabriele Zambianchi was born in 1986 in Lecco, a beautiful town located on the east branch of the Como Lake. As a child, spending his holidays in Rimini, a tourist vocation city on the Adriatic Sea, he discovered his passion for passenger vessels. He has written for Baird Maritime and Italian magazine Il Battelliere - Nautica Professionale since 2013.