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Specifications of Pascal Lota ferry
|Year built||2008 / Age : 12|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Ancona, Italy)|
|Class||cruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Toulon-Bastia-Ajaccio (Corsica), Bastia-Livorno (Savona)|
|Building cost||EUR 120 million|
|Owner||Corsica Ferries France SA (Lozali SA)|
|Speed||28 kn / 52 kph / 32 mph|
|Length (LOA)||175 m / 574 ft|
|Beam (width)||28 m / 92 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||36300 gt|
|Decks with cabins||2|
|Sister-ships||Moby Aki, Moby Wonder, Finlandia|
|Former names||Tallink Superstar|
|Christened by||Kaia Kanepi|
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MS Pascal Lota ferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel owned and operated by the French company CORSICA-SARDINIA FERRIES. The ship has a max capacity of 2300 passengers and 665 cars (or 115 trucks/trailers). The vessel was launched in 2008 and currently operates on the France-Corsica Island ferry route Toulon-Ajaccio via Bastia (crossing time 6 hours 45 min), on the Italy-Corsica ferry routes Livorno-Bastia and Savona-Bastia (crossing time 4 hours and 4,5 hours, respectively), and on the Italy-Sardinia Island ferry route Livorno-Golfo Aranci (crossing time 6,5 hours, during summer).
As cruise ferry, Pascal Lota has a total of 297 cabins with 736 berths (beds). All passenger cabins are located on decks 6-7, air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms (washbasin, WC, shower). All staterooms are located forward and above the garages (car decks). Staterooms are available in 2-, 3- or 4-bed categories (inside and outside). The ferry company provides bed linens, towels, and toiletries. Standard cabin amenities include single beds (twins and bunk beds), wardrobe, writing table with chair, alarm clock radio, flat TV (satellite reception).
"Pet Cabins" are floored with linoleum. Valid health cards for pets are required. Some staterooms are wheelchair-accessible (adapted for disabled passengers).
The ship additionally has reclining seats (fully-reclining Pullman armchairs / air-type seats) available in two Reserved Seating Lounges (both with large TVs and bar service).
All passengers must vacate their staterooms 30 min prior to homeport arrival.
Shipboard dining and entertainment options
As facilities, the Pascal Lota ship offers:
- The ship has 4 restaurants, of which 2 main restaurants (A La Carte / Deck 8 port side, and Self-Service Buffet / Deck 8 starboard), both with floor-ceiling windows and offering quick meals prepared by Italian master chefs. Also available are Pizzeria (Spaghetteria / Deck 8 starboard), Fast Food restaurant (in the middle of Deck 8 starboard) and Cafe (patisserie/cafeteria restaurant offering sandwiches, cakes, pastries, hot/cold drinks, flat TVs).
- The ship also has a 3-deck high Show Lounge, a 2-story bar situated at the stern, Business Lounge, Casino, Reserved Seating Lounge (Economy-Class, Club-Class) fitted with comfortable Pullman seats (fully-reclining armchairs) and large TVs.
- Kids Play Area (indoor playground with toys and video games)
- Boutiques are duty-free shops (shopping mall) selling spirits, wines, tobaccos, perfumes, cosmetics, leather goods, toys, clothing and accessories, footwear, designer watches, handbags, sunglasses, personal hygiene products, travel essentials, confectionery, snacks, toys, books, magazines, electronics and gadgets, special occasion gifts and souvenirs). Shopping promotions are also offered.
- (Lobby Deck) ATM/cash machine is located next to the Reception (Information Desk). Onboard Wi-Fi service is paid. WiFi packages can be purchased online (upon ferry bookings) or on the ship (at the Reception).
- Sun Deck (Solarium) is an outdoor (open-air) topdeck area with sun loungers, a heated swimming pool (large plunge pool) and Lido Bar (poolside bar serving the sundeck area with drinks and snacks).
- Also on Sun Deck are located Navigation Bridge (forward, with adjacent officers quarters) and helipad (midship, helicopter landing platform used in cases of emergency).
- Infirmary (ship hospital) provides 24-hour nurse service.
- The ship has kennels for domestic pets. During embarkation and disembarkation, dogs must be leashed and muzzled. Passengers with pets always disembark last.
All onboard emergency instructions are displayed in staterooms, on the TV screens and at the ship's assembly stations (aka muster stations). Life jackets are issued at the assembly stations. In case of emergency, the use of elevators/passenger lifts is forbidden.
Ship's garage consists of 4 car decks and has a total capacity of 665 vehicles. It is accessible via 3 ramp gates (2 at the stern and 1 at the bow).
All ferried vehicles must have documentation and valid insurance. Having the car's technical data sheet makes boarding checks easier. Upon booking, the vehicle's model, length and height must be specified. Car ferry passengers must arrive at the departure port 90 min prior departure.
Follows a list of car decks related safety procedures:
- Disabled passengers or those requiring specific assistance should visit the ship's Information Desk (deck 5, open 24-hours).
- Apply handbrake and place the vehicle in park or 1st gear position. Switch off the ignition, alarm, electrical equipment, headlights. Gas cylinders, if any, must be switched off. Lock the vehicle.
- From your vehicle take only valuables and essential hand baggage.
- Make a note of your vehicle's location and garage deck number/stairway before leaving the car deck.
- Access to the ship's vehicle (cargo) decks during the voyage is prohibited.
- Smoking on vehicle decks, as well as in cabins and passenger lounges is forbidden.
- Wait for the onboard announcement before returning to your vehicle.
- In order to avoid air pollution, don't start the engine until instructed.
The ship-charterer Corsica-Sardinia Ferries (founded in 1967, headquartered in Bastia France and Vado Ligure Italy) is a major Western Mediterranean shipping company operating between the islands Elba, Corsica, and Sardinia. Corsica-Sardinia Ferries current fleet includes the newer ships (2001-2008 built) Mega Express 1, Mega Express 2, Mega Express 3 and Pascal Lota, the older (1985-1996 built) ships Mega Express 4, Mega Express 5, Mega Andrea, Mega Smeralda, and the old (1972-1974 built) ships Corsica Marina Seconda, Sardinia Vera, Corsica Victoria, Sardinia Regina.
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Vessel's design is based on the MOBY LINES-owned sisterships Moby Wonder, Moby Aki and Moby Freedom (now Finlandia). The shipbuilding order was placed by TALLINK-SILJA LINE (original shipowner) on August 5, 2005. Keel-laying ceremony (ship's construction start) was on January 18, 2007. The launch (float-out from drydock) was on October 5. Ship's godmother was Mrs. Kaia Kanepi (Estonian professional tennis player), with christening ceremony held on October 5, 2007.
The official delivery from Fincantieri to TALLINK was on April 8, 2008, and the following day left Ancona shipyard for Baltic Sea. The ferry (named Tallink Superstar) entered service on April 21, 2008, with maiden crossing (inaugural cruise) from Tallinn to Helsinki, on the route Estonia-Finland, which was operated in 2008-2017 with 4 crossings daily.
The vessel has ice-strengthened hull (1A-class) and is powered by four WARTSILA marine diesel engines (model 12V46C) with total power output 50,4 MW. The propulsion system consists of 2 drive shafts with CPPs (controllable pitch propellers).
The ship was bought by Corsica Ferries in November 2015 for EUR 91 million (building cost EUR 120 million) and officially inaugurated on June 15, 2017, in Bastia. The ferry was named after company's founder Pascal Lota (1933-2016) who died on January 19, 2016. Before entering service as Corsica Ferries' 13th ferry (also fleet's flagship), Pascal Lota was drydock-renovated by Fincantieri for additional EUR 10 million. The maiden crossing for CORSICA-SARDINIA FERRIES was on June 1 (Livorno to Bastia).
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