First LNG-powered ferry for the Mediterranean under development
LMG Marin, recognized as a leader in the field of LNG-fueled propulsion and for the design of innovative and efficient ferries, announced the signature of a new contract for the design of a large double-ended ferry for the Italian shipownerCaronte& Tourist.
The LMG 290-DEG design, which is 133 meters long and 21.5 meters wide, will have capacity for 290 cars on two vehicle decks and 1,500 passengers. The propulsion will be based on a natural gas-electric system using 3 dual-fuel engines. It will be built by Sefine Shipyard in Turkey. When delivered in 2018, the LMG 290-DEG design will be the first ferry in the Mediterranean Sea to operate on LNG fuel.
The vessel has been developed in close dialogue with the shipowner in order to accommodate their challenging operational requirements whilst meeting a strict low fuel consumption target.
She is in particular optimized to operate across the Strait of Messina between Villa San Giovanni and Messina in Sicily, which is an area prone to very high current. Thanks to her EU Class B certificate she will also be to operate on more open routes such as to the Aeolian Islands.