Baleària, one of the pioneer shipping companies in the use of LNG worldwide, presented at the International Tourism Fair of Madrid the first two ferries powered by this clean energy that will operate in the Mediterranean Sea. Being built at the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini, these are two innovative ships feature dual fuel engines running on fuel oil and LNG (with a power of 20,600 KW) and will provide service in the Balearic Islands.
The president of Baleària Adolfo Utor pointed out that the company’s commitment to the environment “is a strategic determination, based on the use of LNG, as well as other clean energies, and the eco-efficiency of the fleet.” “The use of this eco-friendly fuel has an immediate impact on air quality and the greenhouse effect,” he said. The new ships will be named as Hypatia of Alexandria and Marie Curie.
Baleària will invest 200 million euros in the construction of these two smart ships, pioneers in the Mediterranean, with identical characteristics: 186.5 meters in length, maximum speed of 24 knots and capacity for 810 people, 2,180 linear meters of cargo and 150 vehicles. “We are working on two smart ships where the digitization of services on board will be an added value, which will make the trip a unique experience,” explained Utor.
Currently the Hypatia of Alexandria, which is scheduled to be delivered to the shipping company in February 2019, has virtually completed the hull and main engines installed, while the tanks will be added in the coming weeks. Regarding the Marie Curie, 30% of the hull has already been built and the installation works are starting.
Utor recalled that Baleària is already a pioneer in the use of LNG: for a few months the Abel Matutes ferry operates in the ports of Palma and Barcelona with the first auxiliary LNG engine in Spain. In addition, he said that it is planned to repower some ships of the fleet so that they can be propelled by this clean fuel.