Scossa 1

Hybrid Vessel for Inland Waters

Framework: Private founding

Duration: 2014-2015

Chief Science Officer: Alberto Marinò

Partners: Cantieri Navali Vizianello

Object: Maritime technologies, Green Technologies, Hybrid Propulsion, Inland Vessel


Scope of the project is the development of small hybrid passenger ship, having a tonnage < 25 GT, with non-metallic hull, and intended to operate in the Venice Lagoon. In comparison with a sea-going ship, the design of a vessel intended for inland waterway navigation meets more specific restrictions due to the particular environment. Shallow waters, low air draught and/or narrow waterways have a great impact on the design of such vessels, and Venice, with its unique urban morphology, has got them all. Hybrid-electric propulsion can be a suitable solution for small passenger vessels when Zero-Emission-Mode navigation is required. In fact, ZEM navigation allows the vessel to enter into environmentally protected areas, where it is necessary to reduce or even put noise, air and water pollution down. As for the operational service, a “line service” has been chosen. The new small passenger vessel has been studied to be used for a daily service from the “Marco Polo” Airport to Piazza S. Marco, passing through Canal Grande. The design of the new small passenger vessel has started from an existing class of vessels that is currently used for public transport service in Venice.


Integrated Ship Design Laboratory

University of Trieste
Department of Engineering and Architecture

Via Alfonso Valerio 10, 34127 Trieste, Italy

Building C5 (second floor)

+39 040 558 3462

Chief Science Officer: Alberto Marinò

Director: Vittorio Bucci