Balearia’s ferry bunkers LNG for first time

Spain’s Balearia has completed the first LNG bunkering operation for its converted ferry Bahama Mama in the Spanish port of Algeciras.

The ferry operator carried out the LNG bunkering operation via a truck-to-ship method on June 8.

To remind, Gibraltar’s Gibdock started retrofitting the Bahama Mama ferry to adapt it to run on LNG last year.

The ferry will start service on June 21 covering two routes. The ship will work on the Barcelona-Ibiza route during working days and between Dénia, Ibiza and Palma on weekends.

The vessel has 140 cubic meters LNG tanks, enabling it to sail up to 750 nautical miles, according to Balearia.

The vessel joins Balearia’s growing fleet of LNG-powered vessels as the shipping company is looking to reduce emissions.

Bahama Mama is the fifth LNG-powered ferry in the company’s fleet and the third vessel that has been adapted to be able to sail on LNG.

Balearia expects to take delivery of another retrofitted ferry, Sicilia, in July. The ferry operator has scheduled three more retrofits this year.

Baleria plans to have a fleet of eleven LNG-powered vessels by 2021.

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