Baleària presents new LNG-powered Visentini-Class vessels

Baleària has unveiled details of its LNG-powered Visentini-class ferries that will be delivered in February 2019.

Being built at the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini, the two ships Hypatia de Alejandría and Marie Curie, which are, “destined for the Balearic Islands”, are expected to enter service in 2019, said President Adolfo Utor at the International Tourism Fair of Madrid.

Baleària will invest €200 million (US$245.2 million) for the two 186.5-metre smart ships that will have a maximum speed of 24 knots and capacity for 810 people, 2,180 linear metres of cargo and 150 vehicles.

Mr Utor said the use of LNG allowed the vessels to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent, nitrogen oxide by 85 per cent, and eliminate emissions of sulphur and particles.

In addition to dual-fuel engines that deliver 20,600kW, the ships will have photovoltaic panels and LED lighting. They will also include video surveillance of pets, access to services on board via mobile, and digital leisure on demand.

The hull has been completed and main engines installed on Hypatia de Alejandría. Tanks will be incorporated in coming weeks.

About 30 per cent of Marie Curie’s hull has been built, with installation works starting.

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