Feasibility Study

Economic-financial feasibility study for the conversion of the ferry propulsion from diesel to LNG for the LPT service for an operator in Emilia-Romagna


The objective of the assignment is to develop a feasibility study to verify the economic sustainability of the project to convert the propulsion of the ferry from diesel to LNG. The economic sustainability of the project was also analyzed in terms of a possible revision of the current tariffs and the current consideration.

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User analysis

The first phase of work included the analysis of the current user and the analysis of the possible catchment area i.e. the potential user also depending on the possible development projects in the port's tourism sector.

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Analysis of the current tariff system of the ferry service and revision proposal

They have been analyzed:

  • revenues by type of tickets sold;
  • the current rates.

Subsequently, a proposal for a new tariff system was defined together with an estimate of the possible impacts in terms of users and revenues deriving from the proposed new tariff system.

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Definition of Investment Plan

The investment plan took into account both the investments directly linked to the conversion of the engine and the investments envisaged to improve the availability of travel tickets and accessibility to the ferry: automation of the sales system and automated access system capable of ensuring greater control and security for the influx of users.

In addition, the possible capital grants that can be "activated" were defined. Subsequently, a rough schedule of the investment plan and the ship's detention was defined.

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Definition of organizational impacts and additional operating costs

The additional operating costs have been defined and quantified:

  1. During the ship's detention period: e.g. Ship rental
  2. At the end of the works: eg. necessary ad hoc qualified maritime personnel for LNG and electrical part.

Processing of the income statement and cash flow statement

The income statement contains details of the operating costs, including the investments foreseen for both the portion borne by Start Romagna and the portion contributed. The income statement also contains the impacts of the proposed tariff revision and the balance consideration necessary to make the project sustainable from an economic-financial point of view. o The time span of the income statement and cash flow statement was defined at the start of the activities based on the expected investments and the time necessary for the return on the investment.


Alternative scenario simulation (Sentiment Analysis)

In order to evaluate the impacts of the possible operational and design choices that could be adopted from an economic-financial point of view, various scenarios were elaborated by remodulating the main variables such as:
  • or tariffs
  • o operating account and capital account contributions or self-financing