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15 November 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 19:39 GMT+1



October 26, 2018

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In the fleet of the Baleària Spanish the first catamaran to high speed to the world with engines to gas will enter

The ship will be constructed in the ship yard of Gijón of the Armon

The company of Spanish navigation Baleària has announced that in the summer of 2020 it will enter to take part of own fleet the first catamaran to high speed to the world with fed engines to which liquified natural gas, ship for the transport of passengers and goods that will be constructed in the ship yard of Gijón of the shipbuilding society Spanish Armon. The cut of the first sheet of the ship will happen the next December and Baleària will altogether invest 90 million euros for the construction of the ship.

The new ferry will be along 125 meters and wide 28 meters and will have an ability to 1.200 passengers and 500 cars (or 500 linear meters of truck and 250 cars). The system of propulsion of the ship will be constituted by four engines dual Wärtsilä LNG/GO from 8.800 kW everyone and will allow to reach a cruise speed of 35 knots and the maximum speed of 40 knots. In the ship two tanks will be installed in order to store the liquified natural gas necessary to guarantee an autonomy of navigation of 400 miles nautical.

While at the beginning of the next year the company of Iberian navigation will begin to use in the connections with the Balearic Islands the new ship Hypatia de Alejandía, that it is the first of two traditional ferries with systems of propulsion dual-fuel, fed with diesel engine or which liquified natural gas that the Spanish society has ordered to the Italian ship yard Visentini(on 2 February 2017). The second new unit, Marie Curie, will enter in service little months after. In the fleet of the company the Abel Matutes ferry is moreover already operating that is equipped of a fed auxiliary engine to gas, engine that is used exclusively during the phase of approach and pause in a port.

The program of innovation of the fleet of the Baleària moreover previews to equip of systems of propulsion fed to gas others six ships, with work that will be started in the course of this autumn graces to a total investment of 72 million euros of which about 12 million euros of deep European. The objective of the company is of having in next the three years at least the half of the fleet that navigates using the natural gas which liquified in order to arrive all out of the fleet within next the ten years.


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