Balearia puts into operation two new LNG-powered smart ships in Spain


Balearia puts into operation two new LNG-powered smart ships in Spain

Baleària and Fred. Olsen Express added the LNG-powered ship Abel Matutes to the route that connects Huelva with the Canary Islands’ ports of La Luz (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The shipping companies give continuity to their commitment to sustainability and digitalization on the routes between the Peninsula and the Canary Islands. Like the Nápoles ferry, which it is replacing, the Abel Matutes will be powered by dual fuel technology, thanks to the recent conversion of the engines, which ended in early July.

The ferry has a length of 190 meters, has a capacity for 900 people and 2,235 linear meters of road cargo. It was the best valued vessel by Baleària passengers in 2018 with a score of 8.8, it has different accommodations, which include quadruple cabins and fully reclining leather armchairs. It offers an à la carte restaurant, self-service, cafeteria and terrace bar. In addition, it is enabled for passengers with reduced mobility, pet area and shop on board, among other services.

Moreover, Baleària has added the Marie Curie to its fleet, its fourth smart ship ready to operate on natural gas, and which connects Valencia-Ibiza-Palma since July 26. The new ferry with dual fuel engines (LNG/fuel oil) has a power of 20,600KW. It can reach 25 knots of speed, has 186.5 meters in length and a capacity for 880 people, 2,194 linear meters of cargo and 166 vehicles.

The new eco-efficient ship, built at the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini, is a twin of the Hypatia de Alejandría, which become the first to sail on LNG in the Mediterranean at the beginning of the year and currently covers the Barcelona-Alcúdia-Ciutadella route. Baleària has invested 200 million euros in the construction of Marie Curie and the Hypatia de Alejandría.

The Marie Curie, as well as the other three Baleària’s smart ships that can run on LNG, offer digital innovations in the services on board with the aim of improving the customer experience.

Baleària currently has four ships in its fleet that can be powered by natural gas, and it plans to have nine by 2021, six converted and three new-build.

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