The president of Baleària Adolfo Utor presented the construction of the first high-speed passengers and cargo ship in the world powered by dual fuel engines that operate with natural gas. The CEO of Armon Laudelino Alperi, the general director of the Merchant Navy Benito Nuñez, as well as the autonomous presidents of Valencia and the Balearic Islands Ximo Puig and Francina Armengol respectively, joined Utor in the announcement. This is the third LNG-powered ship built by Baleària and will be named Eleanor Roosevelt.
Baleària’s investment of in the construction of this vessel is estimated at 90 million euros, with the financing of CaixaBank. The cutting of aluminum began last December, and the ship is scheduled to enter service in the Balearic Islands in the summer of 2020. “The construction of this new fast ferry is a pioneering project worldwide, which we have led together with Armon shipyards, and in which we have had outstanding international partners, such as Wärstilä, Incat Crowther and Marintek,” said the president of Baleària.
This eco-efficient fast ferry is being built at Gijón-based Armon shipyard, with Australian engineering design of Incat Crowther, with the close collaboration of Valencian engineering company Cotenaval, which also provides the technical conception and project coordination. The Finnish company Wärtsilä is in charge of manufacturing the engines and propulsion system, as well as the gas plant. Both speed and behavior trials in the sea were performed at Marintek-Sintef, a Norwegian hydrodynamic test channel that counts on a great experience in tests for this type of ships, and the classification will be in charge of Bureau Veritas.
The Eleanor Roosevelt stands out especially for being the first worldwide ship that is built with dual fuel engines that will allow it to be propelled by natural gas. Four dual fuel LNG/diesel engines from Wärtsilä will be installed, with a power of 8,800 kW each, in addition to four waterjets for propulsion, and four gas generators and two diesels for power generation. It will have a range of 400 nautical miles thanks to its two tanks to store LNG.
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