Norway-based LMG Marin has won a deal to design a double-ended ferry, powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), for Italian ship-owner Caronte & Tourist.
Featuring an LMG 290-DEG design, the new vessel will be 133m long and 21.5m wide.
The propulsion of the ferry will be based on a gas-electric system, which will be equipped with three dual-fuel engines.
Once completed, the vessel will be able to accommodate 290 cars on its two vehicle decks and 1,500 passengers.
To be built by Sefine Shipyard in Turkey, the vessel is scheduled to be delivered by 2018.
LMG noted that when deployed, the vessel will be the first ferry in the Mediterranean Sea to operate on LNG fuel.
The EU Class B certificate ferry will also be operated on other routes, including to the Aeolian Islands.
Recently, Leiger, designed by LMG and one of four in series of ice strengthened ferries for Estonia’s Port of Tallinn, has been delivered from Sefine Shipyard in Turkey.
Leiger features an LMG 150-DE design, as well as a length of 114m and a width of 19.2m.
Capable of carrying 150 cars and 700 passengers, the vessel will operate between the mainland and large islands in the western region of Estonia.
With a Baltic Ice-1A ice class, Leiger can operate in icy conditions during the winter.
Image: Rendering of Caronte & Tourist’s new LNG-fuelled ferry. Photo: courtesy of LMG Marin AS.