Monaco One is the new high-speed shuttle catamaran between Monaco and Ventimiglia
The boat is a true concentrate of technology: built in glass/carbon sandwich, 12.00 meters long by 7.50 meters wide, powered by two Yanmar engines of 350 hp each, she has a range of 250 nautical miles and can travel from Monaco to Ventimiglia in just 15 minutes at 45 knots, carrying up to 12 passengers in absolute comfort.
The new catamaran combines a need for speed with a reliable and sustainable approach thanks to cutting-edge aerodynamic solutions that allow for fuel consumption at top speeds to be half that of conventional designs.
In the next few days, the catamaran will will also be equipped with an innovative tracking device known as a REPCET, which can monitor the location of large marine mammals in real time and help protect marine wildlife.
The “christening” ceremony was attended by HRH Prince Albert II, his niece Camille Gottlieb, HRH the Princess of Hanover, HRH Princess Stéphanie, Mr and Mrs Louis Ducruet and Miss Pauline Ducruet.
Aleco Keusseoglou, president of the Monaco Ports, welcomed the guests on the quay of the Yacht Club Monaco (whose ample spaces allowed the strict observance of the rules to combat the pandemic,) with these words: “Today is a day of celebration for all of us. Our futuristically designed shuttle symbolises the hope of better days and we believe and work for that”.
After the customary thanks to the guests present, President Keusseoglou emphasized: “the importance of the connecting function of this catamaran for the customers of the Principality’s ports and Cala del Forte, which strengthens, also ideally, the already strong link between Ventimiglia and the Ligurian west coast with Monaco.
President Keusseoglou also thanked Camille Gottlieb ” for accepting to be the godmother of Monaco One, we are all very honored. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that with Monaco One, SEPM will establish a partnership with the BE SAFE association, of which she is president. This association has a particularly noble purpose and we are very happy to offer our contribution.”
At the end of the religious ceremony officiated by Monsignor Dominique-Marie David, Archbishop of Monaco, and of the traditional rite of the bottle, duly broken on the hull after the ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by the godmother Camille Gottlieb, the Grimaldi family, accompanied by President Keusseoglou, boarded Monaco One to take part in the inaugural sea trip.
Attending the event were also the Councillor of the Liguria Region, Enrico Ioculano, the Mayor of Ventimiglia, Gaetano Scullino, the Mayor of Dolceacqua, Fulvio Gazzola, T.V. Carmela D’Abronzo, Commander of Circomare Sanremo, Marshal Giovanni Larizza, Commander of the Ventimiglia Beach Delegation and of Cala del Forte harbour, Gian Battista Borea D’Olmo, General Manager of the Ports of Monaco and Managing Director of Cala del Forte, and Marco Cornacchia, Director of Cala del Forte.