NOVEMBER 28, 2016 — Norway's LMG Marin is to design the first LNG-fueled ferry for the Mediterranean Sea. It has signed a contract with Italian shipowner Caronte & Tourist covering the design of a large double-ended ferry for the Italian shipowner Caronte & Tourist.
With a propulsion system using three dual-fuel engines, the LMG 290-DEG design ferry will be 133 meters long and 21.5 meters wide and will have a capacity for 290 cars, on two vehicle decks, and 1,500 passengers.
The vessel will be built by Sefine Shipyard in Turkey.
The vessel has been developed in close cooperation with the shipowner and is 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. With an EU Class B certificate she will also be to operate on more open routes such as to the Aeolian Islands.