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Baleària takes delivery of world’s first LNG-fuelled fast ferry

Launched at the Armon shipyard in Gijón last week, the Eleonor Roosevelt features four 8,800 kW Wärtsilä dual fuel engines, in addition to four waterjets for propulsion, two gas generators and another two diesel generators for electricity.

In addition, the ferry has four waterjets for propulsion, two gas generators and another two diesel generators for electricity. It is also equipped with two LNG storage tanks, giving it a range of 400 nautical miles.

‘The Eleanor Roosevelt represents for Baleària the culmination of the effort of all the teams to have the first catamaran powered by gas engines, a milestone in sustainability and innovation.’ said Adolfo Utor, President of Baleària. 

Utor also noted that the vessel ‘has incorporated new features to adapt to the current context of the health crisis, taking into account the distance between seats, wider aisles and digitisation, to ensure greater safety’.

The 123-metre-long vessel has a capacity for 1,200 passengers and a space for 500 meters of trucks and 250 cars, or alternatively 450 cars.

By next year, Baleària expects to have at least half of its fleet of ferries operating on LNG and reach 100% of its fleet within eight years.

In July 2018, the company announced its intention to retrofit five vessels to run on LNGNápolesAbel MatutesSiciliaBahama Mama and Martín i Soler. In the same year, the company floated out gas-powered newbuild ferries Hypatia de Alejandría and Marie Curie in October 2018.

ship.energy’s sister publication Bunkerspot spoke to Adolfo Utor in September 2018 about the company’s LNG strategy. To read the full interview, click here.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry