Visentini delivers Marie Curie to Baleària
The Spanish ferry company welcomes the second LNG-based newbuilding completed by the Italian shipyard
Baleària has incorporated its fourth smart ship Marie Curie into its fleet; the dual LNG and fuel engines ferry, with a power of 20,600KW has started to connect Valencia-Ibiza-Palma last Friday.
The new eco-efficient ship, built in the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini, is a sister ship of the Hypatia de Alejandría – at present deployed on the Barcelona-Alcúdia-Ciutadella link - which at the beginning of 2019 was pioneer to sail on gas in the Mediterranean.
Baleària invested 200 million euro in the construction of Marie Curie and Hypatia de Alejandría; among their technological innovations, the digitalization of the entire signage stands out, the camera system installed in the accommodations of the pets, the self-service totems in cafeteria and self-service, the free text Whatsapp service during the voyage or access to the Internet for bonuses.
Also the ship has a platform to access, through mobile devices, television and film content, games and magazines. This digital content platform is also available on stateroom smart TVs.
The new ship, which can reach 25 knots of speed, has 186.5 meters in length, 2,194 linear meters of cargo and 166 vehicles, and a capacity for 880 people through different passenger accommodations: three lounges of reclining seats (two standards and one superior) and 120 cabins with capacity for up to four people and offering full bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and smart TV with the digital entertainment system included.
Baleària, a founding partner of Spanish Association of Natural Gas for Mobility (GASNAM), currently has 4 ferries with dual engines that can be powered by LNG, two of them newly built and two re-engined (Naples and Abel Matutes); 4 more will be re-engined until 2021 (5 of which are part of the LNNGHIVE2 Green & Smart Links project, co-financed by the European Commission’s CEF Blending program).
The world’s firts fast ferry powered by LNG engines, Eleanor Roosevelt is scheduled to be operational in 2020.