Landmark Italian LNG RoPax fitted with MAN Cryo FGSS
The first RoPax vessel in the Mediterranean to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) has entered service, serving a route between the Sicilian city of Messina and the Italian mainland. The double-ended RoPax ferry, 'Elio', was fitted with a marine LNG fuel-gas supply system (FGSS) installed by MAN Cryo, MAN Energy Solutions’ marine LNG fuel-gas-system manufacturer.
Elio is a double-ended RoPax ferry, designed by LMG Marin, for Italian shipowner, Caronte & Tourist. The RoPax is 133-metres long and 21.5-metres wide and will have a capacity of up to 290 cars on two vehicle decks, and 1,500 passengers with a service speed of 18.5 knots.
The vessel features three dual-fuel propulsion engines, and includes a MAN Cryo fuel-gas supply system. The system was installed by MAN Cryo aboard the Elio at the Sefine Shipyard in Yalova, Turkey. The FGSS included a 150m3 capacity type C containment tank, as well as a TCS with airlock, valves, piping and vaporisation equipment. The installation also covered a bunkering station, a heat-exchanger unit, freestanding control and an emergency shut-down system.
Louise Andersson, Head of MAN Cryo, said “This project is of strategic importance since it is the very first RoPax vessel in the Mediterranean to operate on LNG. It follows MAN’s vision to become a leading supplier in the regions where we see a strong growth of demand for LNG solutions.”
Luigi Genghi, General Manager of Caronte & Tourist, commented: “Caronte & Tourist is very happy with the performance of the LNG system that MAN Energy Solutions has provided. Since 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.”
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