Inaugural LNG bunkering for Baleària’s Bahama Mama ferry

The Bahama Mama, which was bunkered with LNG at the Port of Algeciras, will begin operations in the Balearic Islands from 21 June.

The truck to ship supply operation at Algeciras was carried earlier this month. The ferry’s fuel tanks have a storage capacity of 280 cubic metres which give a sailing range of 750 nautical miles.

The Bahama Mama is the fifth new Baleària vessel to be fuelled by LNG, and is the third to receive bunkers at Algeciras, after Naples and Abel Matutes.

When the ferry enters service, it will cover trips between Barcelona and Ibiza and between Dénia, Ibiza and Mallorca.

Baleària is also involved in a four- vessel retrofit programme for LNG, and the last vessel, the Sicily, will complete its retrofit by the end of July.

The ferry company is investing some €72 million in switching to LNG propulsion, 20% of which is being financed by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes