Baleària’s second LNG ferry out to sail
The Marie Curie, under construction at Cantiere Navale Visentini, will follow the Hypatia de Alejandría, which will begin sea trials in the next few weeks
Baleària has set its ferry Marie Curie out to sail from Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini, while construction on its elder twin Hypatia de Alejandría is just about finished with the corresponding sea trials planned.
They are the first LNG-propelled ferries to sail the Mediterranean; the Hypatia de Alejandría is to begin operating at the beginning of the year and the Marie Curie a few months afterwards.
The newly-afloat Marie Curie’s entire structure is practically finished and work is being done to prepare the passenger and crew areas, since more than 50% of the construction is now complete, the LNG engines and tanks as well as the primary equipment are already onboard. The Hypatía de Alejandría is currently at the dry dyke where anti-scaling silicone is being applied to the hull. The ship is expected to go through sea trials in the coming weeks with both liquified natural gas and fuel.
The investment in building these two smart ships, which will be pioneer on the Mediterranean, totals 200 million euro. They are sustainable ships with identical characteristics: 186.5 metres long with a maximum speed of 24 knots and capacity for 810 people, 2,100 linear metres of cargo and 150 cars. Technology and digitization have been used for these two new ships for energy efficiency purposes as they will be equipped with LED lighting and other features besides the dual fuel LNG engines (with 20,600 KW of power).
Te latest innovations in onboard services will be implemented for more experiential journeys.
For Baleària, the use of LNG as a fuel is a strategic commitment in order to comply with social responsibility and economic profitability criteria in addition to a way to position it as an international pioneer in the use of liquified natural gas. Besides these two ships, the construction at the Armon shipyard of the first fast ferry with LNG engines to sail anywhere in the world was recently announced. Also, the first of 6 ships in the fleet to switch to natural gas-propelled engines was refitted this month; tThis project is being partially funded by the European Union with 12 million euro out of the total 72 million investment after classifying it as excellent.
Baleària plans to have at least half of its fleet of ferries sailing with this clean energy within the next 3 years and have all its fleet within 10 years.