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Baleària Starts The Refit Of The ‘Martín I Soler’ To Operate On Natural Gas

Baleària starts the refit of the ‘Martín i Soler’ to operate on natural gas

València, Spain (PortSEurope) November 10, 2020 – The Baleària shipping company has started the refit of the ‘Martín i Soler’ ferry, which will be the fifth in the fleet with engines adapted to navigate powered by natural gas. The work is scheduled to be completed in April 2021 and is being developed at the West Sea shipyard in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. The company has indicated
that the ship will also be fitted with sensors to measure consumption and emissions in real time. When it operates with natural gas, it is estimated that the ‘Martín i Soler’ will stop emitting a few tons of CO2 annually, which is equivalent to about 6,000 conventional passenger cars or to plant about 18,000 trees, Baleària said. Baleària will have 9 ships powered by natural gas in 2021 with an investment of €380 million. The investment planned by the shipping company in these projects will be around €380 million euros and part of the retrofit operations will be co-financed through the Connecting Europe Facility funds of the European Union. Baleària Eurolínias Marítimas S.A. is a leading Spanish shipping line in passenger and cargo services to the Balearics, providing daily connections between the islands and the mainland (via the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Denia), and the only company in the sector to operate inter-island sailings to all four islands of the archipelago. It is also one of the largest operators in the Straits of Gibraltar linking Ceuta and Melilla to mainland ports. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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