The conversion works of Baleària’s Abel Matutes ferry have already reached one of the key phases of the process: the incorporation of two 178m3 LNG tanks so that the vessel can navigate with this clean fuel. The hoisting and installation maneuver lasted approximately seven hours.
The reconversion of the ferry, made afloat in Valencia, consists of changing its current two main engines, MAK 9M 43 C, to dual fuel engines, MAK 9M 46 DF, so it can run on LNG, in addition to conventional fuels. The adaptation process is expected to be completed by the end of June.
The Abel Matutes ferry, which follows Baleària’s plan to renew its fleet so that nine of its ships run on natural gas by 2021, is the second vessel that undergoes this conversion process. The first was the Nápoles and will be followed by ferries Martín i Soler, Bahama Mama, Sicilia and Hedy Lamarr.
Baleària is committed to incorporating LNG into its vessels, an initiative that began eight years ago and responds to criteria of social responsibility and economic profitability, anticipating the demanding regulations on polluting gases. By the end of 2021, the shipping company will have nine ships sailing with this clean energy, of which three will be newbuild projects (one of them is already sailing in the Mediterranean) and six will be the result of the conversion work that is being carried out in its fleet and that have a 20% subsidy of the European Union.
Baleària is a pioneer in the promotion of LNG as a marine fuel in the Iberian Peninsula, a region that has experienced a great growth in the adoption of clean energy. In this extremely encouraging scenario, AltFuels Iberia 2019 will take place on 11-14 June at IFEMA Trade Center, in Madrid. It will be an event conformed by first level conferences and exhibition, with the presence of companies, organizations and experts from all over the world that will analyze the present and future of the industry and will exhibit the latest technology in alternative fuels and sustainable mobility. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.