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Moby Lines sets new standards in the Mediterranean

Caption: The new Mediterranean ferry "Moby Legacy"

After a 32-day, 14,000 nm journey, the “Moby Dick” has docked in Livorno, Italy. It is currently the largest ferry in the world.

The Moby Group’s new ferry is the sister ship of the “Moby Fantasy“, which will enter service in 2023. The ship, which was handed over by the Chinese shipyard Guangzhou on 27 December 2023, will be deployed on the Livorno-Olbia route to Sardinia from 17 February. [ds_preview]

With a length of 237 m, a width of 33 m and a gross tonnage of 69,500, the “Moby Legacy” – together with its sister ship – is the largest passenger ferry ever built in the world. It has a capacity of 3,000 passengers and 3,850 loading meters, which is twice as much space as the previous ships. Thanks to its high sustainability standards, it is also the most advanced and technologically sophisticated ferry, according to Moby Lines.

According to the ferry operator, the “Moby Fantasy” has twice the capacity of any ferry currently operating in the Mediterranean. With a length of 237 m, a width of 33 m and a gross tonnage of 69,500, the “Moby Fantasy” can carry up to 3,000 passengers in its 441 cabins. In addition, the ship can transport up to 1,300 cars or 300 trucks thanks to its more than 3,800 m of floor space.

The four latest-generation engines each have an output of 10.8 MW, which enables a cruising speed of 23.5 knots, with a top speed of 25 knots.

According to the ferry operator, the “Moby Fantasy” is equipped to cruise ship standards. Every single detail – from the keel to the car garages to the passenger compartments – has been designed by the Danish designers from the OSK Ship Tech studio based on a concept by ship owner Vincenzo Onorato.

LNG-ready

According to the owner, the “Moby Fantasy” is equipped with the latest environmental technology and can reduce CO2 emissions by 40% compared to ferries that have previously operated on similar routes.

The ship is also already equipped for operation with liquefied natural gas (LNG), despite the still patchy infrastructure in Italy, and can be supplied with shore power if the appropriate facilities are available. It is also equipped with two scrubbers, according to Moby.

From 2024, energy efficiency improvements are also planned for many ships in the Moby fleet, including “cold ironing” shore power systems, new painting with high-performance paints and the retrofitting of existing propulsion systems in conjunction with the installation of rudder bulbs. All of this is intended to improve the performance efficiency of the 23 ships in the fleet, nine of which will belong to Class A, the highest IMO-CII classification, in future.

The “Moby Legacy” in figures:

GT: 69,500 tons
Length: 237 m
Width: 33 m
Passenger capacity: 3,000
Number of cabins: 441 including the 18 suites
Seats: 403 comfortable and spacious XXL seats
Restaurants: 7
Space available for vehicles: 3800 m
Capacity: 1300 cars or 300 trucks
Propulsion: Four main engines and four auxiliary engines, can be operated with liquefied natural gas (LNG); two scrubbers to remove sulphur emissions

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