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Baleària to bolster fleet with first LNG dual-fuel fast catamaran newbuilding in March

08 Jan 2021

Disclaimer: An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece.

Spanish shipping and ferry company Baleària on Wednesday (6 January) said it plans to trial the world’s first liquified natural gas (LNG) dual-fuel fast catamaran at the Armón shipyard in Gijón, where it is being built.

The sea trials are expected to begin in the coming weeks and the vessel will be added to the company’s fleet by March 2021.

The company invested EUR 90 million (USD 110 million) into the vessel and it incorporates measurement equipment to monitor actual fuel consumption, calculate engine efficiency and adjust navigation to increase comfort based on sea conditions.

“The works are progressing and, in a few months, we will have operating one of the most innovative and sustainable vessels in the world. Joining the fleet will be a milestone in Baleària’s history, but also in international maritime transport,” said Guillermo Alomar, Baleària’s Fleet Director.

“The innovations that are incorporated will considerably reduce movement, vibrations and noise.”

The vessel will also include smart ship technological solutions which will guarantee a better experience for customers on board: passengers will be able to board the vessel via a QR code that they will receive via WhatsApp, the assigned seat number indicated.

During the entire journey they will have access to Internet coverage for text messages and they will be able to enjoy free digital entertainment from their mobile devices, as well as see their pets through webcams installed in the cages.

The interior has also been designed with an amplitude of the space and separation between seats.

The Eleanor Roosevelt will be the flagship of Baleària’s LNG powered fleet, which in 2021 will grow up to 9 vessels (currently the company has 6 such vessels).

The shipping company has invested EUR 380 million (USD 466 million) to incorporate LNG into its fleet in order to reduce emissions from its operations.

Related: Spain: Port of Almería welcomes first LNG bunkering operation with Baleària
Related: Baleària’s sixth LNG ferry retrofit on schedule;“Sicilia” to join fleet by July
Related: Balearia launches LNG bunker supply in Valencia port using MTTS

Photo credit: Baleària
Published: 8 January, 2020

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