Baleària has reached an agreement with the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini to build two twin ferries with dual fuel natural gas engines, which will have a length of 186.5 meters and a capacity for 810 passengers, 2,180 linear meters of cargo and 150 cars. These innovative vessels will involve a total investment of 200 million euros, and are expected to be operational by the end of 2018.
With the construction of these two ships, the company goes one step further in its commitment to the use of natural gas and eco-efficiency applied to the fleet. The ships can reach a speed of 24 knots thanks to two dual fuel engines with a power of 20,600 KW. The use of LNG and other clean energies will reduce CO2 and NOx emissions by more than 40% and eliminate emissions of sulfur and other particulates.
Baleària President Adolfo Utor remarked that these new ferries will allow the shipping company “to guarantee a better service to both passengers and logistics operators, while gaining in competitiveness.” The two smartships will incorporate “the latest technologies to be more sustainable and ensure the best passenger travel experience,” he concluded.
These new vessels add to the ferry that Baleària ordered in early 2016 to the shipyard LaNaval which, like these two ships, will also be propelled by LNG and equipped with the latest technologies to be more environmentally-friendly. These three future vessels and the current auxiliary natural gas engine of the Abel Matutes ferry (which uses this fuel in the maneuvers and stay in port), make Baleària one of the world’s pioneers in the use of LNG.