Spanish shipping and ferry company Baleària on Thursday (24 January) said it received the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled fast ferries; the Hypatia de Alejandría is the first smart ship with gas propulsion operating in the Mediterranean, it claims.
The newbuilding was constructed at the Armon de Gijón shipyard using a design from Australian engineering firm Incat Crowther, a market leader in high-speed aluminum vessel technology.
Finnish firm Wärtsilä supplied the engines and propulsion system, as well as the gas plant of the vessel, while Marintek was in charge of testing.
“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 Adolfo Utor, the President of Baleària.
“This project will make it possible to reclaim the Spanish shipbuilding industry worldwide, as well as generate 300 jobs in Asturias in two years,” said the CEO of Armon, Laudelino Alperi.
In the same vein, the general director of the Merchant Navy, Benito Núñez, said the construction of the Hypatia de Alejandría “is very significant because it is a bet on the Spanish shipping industry”.
The President of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, recalled that “maritime transport in the Balearic Islands has an exceptional interest, allowing the possibility and right of mobility of residents and tourists.”
Finally, the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, highlighted construction of the new ship “is very good news”.
“Baleària has always contributed to the cohesion between the Comunitat Valenciana and the Balearic Islands through the Mediterranean and now with this project, it also allows us to create links with Asturias,” he noted.
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Photo credit: Baleària
Published: 25 January, 2019
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