The shipping company Baleària has launched the Hypatia de Alejandría, the first of the two ferries with generators powered by natural gas that will operate in the Mediterranean and that are being built in the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini. This first ferry is scheduled to operate in the Balearic Islands in early 2019.
The president of the shipping company, Adolfo Utor, has highlighted “the strategic commitment of the company for clean energy”, adding that these vessels will be a “benchmark in innovation and sustainability”. Utor has detailed that LNG can reduce carbon emissions (CO2) by 30%, nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 85% and totally eliminate sulfur and particulate emissions. “The use of this energy contributes to the fight against climate change and public health,” he stressed.
Baleària is investing EUR 200 million in the construction of these two Mediterranean pioneers with identical characteristics: 186.5 meters in length, maximum speed of 24 knots and capacity for 810 people, 2,180 linear meters of cargo and 150 vehicles; and dual fuel LNG generators (with a power of 20,600 KW).