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In March, Baleària Will Take Delivery Of The World’s First Fast Ferry Powered By Natural Gas

In March, Baleària will take delivery of the world’s first fast ferry powered by natural gas

Baleària plans to incorporate an internationally innovative ship in March 2021: the world’s first fast ferry for passengers and cargo powered by natural gas internal combustion engines. In the coming weeks, the Eleanor Roosevelt will carry out sea trials at the Armón shipyards in Gijón, where it is being built – January 4, 2021 The building of the ship’s hull is practically completed and tests have
been carried out on the access ramp for vehicles and cargo. The works are now mainly focused on the fitting out of the lounges for the passage, as well as on the command bridge and the electronic installation. “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 maritime transport at an international level”, said Guillermo Alomar, Baleària’s Fleet Director. The fast ferry incorporates measurement equipment to monitor the actual fuel consumption, calculate the efficiency of the engines and adjust the navigation to increase comfort according to the sea state. “The innovations that it incorporates will considerably reduce movement, vibrations and noise”, details Alomar. With an investment of €90 million, the Eleanor Roosevelt will also be the longest fast ferry in the world (at 123 meters). It will have capacity for 1,200 passengers and a warehouse for 500 linear meters of trucks and 250 cars, or alternatively 450 cars. The vessel will have a service speed of 35 knots (with a maximum speed greater than 40 knots).  The Eleanor Roosevelt will be the flagship of Baleària’s gas fleet strategy, which in 2021 will reach 9 ships (currently it sails with 6 natural gas and is remotorizing one more). The shipping company has invested 380 million euros to incorporate gas into its fleet, a fuel that implies a considerable reduction in emissions (with an immediate improvement in air quality and the greenhouse effect) and noise pollution. Specifically, CO2 emissions are reduced by 30%, NOx emissions by 85%, and sulfur and particulate matter are eliminated. 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. Source: Baleària

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