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Baleària’s sixth LNG ferry retrofit on schedule; “Sicilia” to join fleet by July

01 Jun 2020

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

Spanish shipping and ferry company Baleària on Tuesday (26 May) said efforts to retrofit it’s Sicilia to run on liquified natural gas (LNG) are progressing as planned and will be completed by July despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Construction works have resumed over the past few weeks and the LNG storage tank has already been installed, it added. 

Upon completion, it will be the sixth ferry in the company’s fleet to run on low sulphur bunker fuels. 

The company notes the retrofitting process for Sicilia is almost identical to its sister ship, Naples, which consists of installing a tank with a 425 cubic meter capacity inside the vessel (not externally with most other ships) and adapting its two engines, MAN9L48 / 60 to 9L51 / 60DF.

The tank’s capacity will allow the ship to have a range of about 1,100 nautical miles, added Baleària.

The company aims to have a total of nine ships sailing on LNG-powered engines by 2021. 

Related: Baleària receives LNG-fuelled “Marie Curie” smart ferry from yard
Related: Baleària adds LNG-fuelled converted ferry “Naples” to fleet

Photo credit: Baleària
Published: 1 June, 2020

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