LMG Marin Awarded Design Contract for New LNG-Powered Ferry

Monday November 28, 2016

LMG Marin says its has a signed a contract with Italian shipowner Caronte & Tourist to design a large double-ended liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ferry - a vessel LMG says will be the first LNG-fuelled ferry on the Mediterranean Sea.

"LMG Marin is recognised as a leader in the field of LNG-fuelled propulsion and for the design of innovative and efficient ferries. This was the key for Caronte & Tourist choosing LMG Marin as designer for their new project," explains LMG Marin.

The LMG 290-DEG design's propulsion is said to be based on a gas-electric system using three dual-fuel engines.

The vessel is set for construction at Turkey's Sefine Shipyard, and is expected for delivery in 2018.

"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," said LMG Marin.

Measuring 133 metres long and 21.5 metres wide, the vessel is set to have a 1500 passenger and 290 car capacity, and will be optimised to operate across the high current conditions of the Strait of Messina between Villa San Giovanni and Messina, Sicily.

With an EU Class B certificate, the vessel will also be set to operate on more open routes, including those serving the Aeolian Islands, notes LMG.

As Ship & Bunker has also reported today, a new report prepared by Barry Rogliano Salles' (BRS') Tanker Department suggests that LNG could account for 6 percent of total bunker demand in the coming years.