While Baleària’s Bahama Mama ferry is finalizing its retrofitting to navigate on natural gas, its first LNG bunkering has already been carried out in Algeciras. It is the fifth ship of the shipping company that will sail powered by this environmentally friendly energy source.
The bunkering, which was carried out in coordination with the Port Authority of Algeciras, was done through the truck-to-ship system. The ferry’s tanks have a storage capacity of 280 cubic meters, which will allow the Bahama Mama to sail with a range of 750 nautical miles. This is the third ship to which LNG bunkering is carried out in the port of Algeciras, after the Nápoles and the Abel Matutes.
Starting next June 21, this ship will begin operating in the Balearic Islands. On the one hand, from Monday to Friday, it will cover trips between Barcelona and Ibiza, and on weekends it will strengthen the route that connects Dénia with Ibiza and Mallorca, to support the services on fast ferries that are carried out daily from Dénia port until Balearics.
Baleària has a very firm commitment to LNG as marine fuel, which allows reducing CO2 emissions by 35%, NOx emissions by 85% and eliminating sulfur and particulate emissions. In fact, with the addition of the Bahama Mama there will be five ships with the capacity to run on this fuel, two of them newly built and three converted. Moreover, by the end of July, the fourth of the conversions will be completed, the Sicilia ferry. By 2021, the shipping company plans to have a total of nine ships sailing on natural gas.