Ten LNG-Fueled Ferries Planned for Strait of Messina

| Italy, Genoa

LMG Marin 290-DEG (diesel-electric gas) design

The Strait of Messina and the facing coastlines of Sicily and Calabria will over the next decade witness the introduction of new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by Messina-based private ferry operator Caronte & Tourist SpA (C&T). 

Shipowner Lorenzo Matacena told participants at last week’s “Passengers Ships and the Environment” conference that C&T intends to invest EUR 200 million (USD 225m) to build 10 LNG ferries over the next 10 years.

Late last year, C&T ordered a hybrid gas-electric ferry (pictured above) dedicated to service routes between Sicily and the smaller islands, making it the first Italian marine company to opt for natural gas as a marine fuel. However, “Our hybrid construction ferry in the Turkish Sefine yard will be delivered by the end of 2018, but for the first year and a half will be powered by marine diesel because no structure for the supply of gas will be active by then in our country,” Matacena said at the conference.

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