Ibiza, Spain (PortSEurope) November 5, 2017 – At the end of 2017, Baleària Eurolínias Marítimas S.A. will introduce the first vessel of a series of four eco fast ferries that are being built in the Asturian shipyard of shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán.
The boats, which have a capacity for 350 people, will be able to sail at a maximum speed of 28 knots.
The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, highlighted the energy efficiency of ships “for their design and propulsion system, the use of renewable energies and the materials used.” The boats of the new series will have photovoltaic solar panels, which will supply energy for the services on board, and the hull will be made of polyester reinforced with fiberglass, which does not require the application of paint, and consequently is more ecological. In addition, they will be powered by state-of-the-art engines that minimize emissions of polluting gases, which means that “the four eco fast ferries will be the most eco-efficient of the moment in their modality”, commented Utor.
With these additions, Baleària will make a qualitative leap in its transport services between Eivissa and Formentera, combining reliability, comfort and speed with respect for the planet.
In line with Baleària’s commitment to the environment, the shipping company has decided to name the four new units with the names of the four elements that make up nature according to the classics: Eco AQUA, Eco TERRA, Eco AIRE and Eco LUX.
The new eco fast ferris will be added during the next months to the Baleària fleet, which is made up of 25 vessels (ferries and high speed). In addition, the company also has other intelligent ferries powered by liquefied natural gas under construction. It is worth mentioning that these ships will apply the latest technologies to the service of eco-efficiency and will incorporate services of a cruise, enhancing the experiential travel of passengers.
Baleària is the trading name for the Spanish shipping company Baleària Eurolínias Marítimas S.A. The company operates passenger ferry services in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Source: Canary Ports
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