An Italian ferry with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel-gas supply system has entered service in the Mediterranean.
MAN Cryo â€“ MAN Energy Solutionsâ€™ marine LNG fuel-gas-system manufacturer â€“ installed the system aboard the Elio at the Sefine Shipyard in Yalova, Turkey.
â€œThis project is of strategic importance since it is the very first RoPax vessel in the Mediterranean to operate on LNG,â€ said Louise Andersson, Head of MAN Cryo. â€œIt follows MANâ€™s vision to become a leading supplier in the regions where we see a strong growth of demand for LNG solutions.â€
Elio is a double-ended RoPax ferry, designed by LMG Marin, for Italian shipowner Caronte & Tourist. The MAN Cryo system will supply gas to the ferryâ€™s three dual-fuel propulsion engines. The system will primarily operate on the strait of Messina between the Italian mainland and the Sicilian city of Messina.
The main engines are dual-fuel 5L34DF WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤s that produce 9000 kW.
MAN Cryoâ€™s scope of supply covered:
- vacuum-insulated type C tank â€“ 150 m3 gross volume
- TCS with airlock, valves, piping and vaporization equipment
- bunkering station
- heat-exchanger unit
- freestanding control and emergency shut-down system
The 133-m long and 21.5-m wide ferry will have a capacity of up to 290 cars on two vehicle decks, and 1500 passengers with a service speed of 18.5 knots.
â€œCaronte & Tourist is very happy with the performance of the LNG system that MAN Energy Solutions has provided,â€ said Luigi Genghi, General Manager of Caronte & Tourist. â€œSince Elio is operating on a tight schedule on a daily basis, it is important that the gas-supply system works during all circumstances. In this perspective, MAN Energy Solutions is our trustworthy partner.â€