Mediterranean’s most innovative & sustainable fast ferry enters service
The Eleanor Roosevelt de Baleària, the world’s first fast ferry with LNG engines, has already set sail from the Armon shipyard in Gijón, where it was built, bound for Dénia, where it is scheduled to begin operating on May 1, joining this peninsular port with Ibiza and Palma. Thanks to this new vessel, whose main axes are innovation, sustainability, comfort and speed, Baleària is adding a new milestone in international maritime transport.
“We want to promote the Balearic Islands, a destination where we have always been involved and whose citizens we are firmly committed, positioning our most revolutionary, green and smart ship”, said Adolfo Utor, president of Baleària.
The Eleanor Roosevelt, which began construction at the end of 2018, is the seventh Baleària ferry to run on LNG, a fuel that reduces polluting emissions and that last year already allowed the shipping company to stop emitting 37,000 tons of CO2.
It is estimated that each year the Eleanor Roosevelt will reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to eliminating more than 8,900 passenger cars or planting almost 27,000 trees. The actual fuel consumption and the efficiency of the engines will be monitored thanks to the measurement equipment and sensors installed on board, within the framework of a project co-financed by CEF funds from the European Commission.
The shipping company invested 90 million euros in this new fast ferry and was financed by CaixaBank.