Balearia to start using first LNG-powered fast ferry in March

Spanish Balearia said it will take delivery of Eleanor Roosevelt, claimed to be the world’s first LNG-powered fast ferry for passengers and cargo, in March this year.

Armon Gijon shipyard in Spain is finalizing works on the vessel which will head out for sea trials in the coming weeks, according to Balearia.

The ferry features four Wartsila dual-fuel engines of 8,800kW each, allowing it to reach an operating speed of 35 knots.

Equipped with two LNG storage tanks, the twin-hull catamaran will have an autonomy to sail up to 400 nautical miles.

In the case of combined LNG/diesel propulsion, this increases to 1,900 nautical miles, the Spanish shipping firm says.

Furthermore, the Incat-designed ship is 123 meters long with a 28 meters beam. It will have a capacity to welcome 1200 passengers as well as 450 cars.

Balearia previously said it invested about 90 million euros ($110 million) in this “pioneering smart” ship. Along four conversions, this is the third LNG-powered newbuild in its fleet.

To remind, the ferry operator plans to have a fleet of nine LNG-powered vessels by the end of 2021 with a total investment of 380 million euros ($465 million).

- Advertisements -

Most Popular

VesselsValue: Japan has the world’s most valuable LNG fleet

Japan owns the world’s most valuable fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, followed by Greece and South Korea,...

Four firms plan to liquefy e-methane at Cameron LNG and ship it to Japan

Japan's Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Toho Gas, and Mitsubishi have revealed plans to produce synthetic methane or e-methane in...

LNG freight rates drop below $300,000 per day

Spot charter rates for the global LNG carrier fleet are continuing to decline in both basins and now they...

More News Like This

Spain’s Balearia places order for second LNG-powered fast ferry

Spanish ferry operator Balearia has ordered a new LNG-powered fast ferry at compatriot shipbuilder Armon Gijon, following the delivery...

Knutsen’s LNG bunkering newbuild gets two tanks in Spain

Spain’s Armon Gijon is moving forward with the construction of Knutsen’s 5,000-cbm LNG bunkering ship and the vessel recently...

Spain’s Balearia signs green loan as it eyes fleet expansion

Balearia, the owner of nine LNG-powered ferries, has signed what it says is the first sustainable financing agreement in...

Balearia welcomes final converted LNG ferry in its fleet

Spanish ferry operator Balearia welcomed the converted LNG-powered ferry, Hedy Lamarr, in its fleet following the completion of conversion...