Baleària buys LNG dual-fuel ropax

2023-12-28T18:26:29+00:00 December 28th, 2023|Ships|

Major Spanish ferry operator, Baleària has purchased the LNG fuelled ropax ‘Rusadir’.

Baleària already had the vessel on a charter since March, 2023, operating on the Malaga/Melilla route.

With a chequered history, she was finally delivered from the Fosen shipyard in 2022 to Siem Industries.

Brittany Ferries had originally ordered the ropax from Germany’s Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) in 2017 for about $220 mill. She was due for delivery in 2019 under the name of ‘Honfleur’.

However, due to problems at FSG, which ended with the shipbuilder filing for insolvency, the contract was cancelled in June, 2020, when the vessel was half-finished.

As a result, the vessel was taken over by Siem Industries and towed to Fosen’s Rissa shipyard for completion.

The 187 m long ferry has LNG capable dual-fuel engines feeding an electric propulsion system, giving a speed of 22 knots. She has a capacity of 1,670 pax and 2,600 lane metres of rolling cargo.

With the ‘Rusadir’, Baleària now owns 11 LNG-powered ferries, including several recently converted.

In addition, Spanish shipbuilder, Armon Gijon recently launched a second LNG dual-fuel fast ferry, ‘Margarita Salas’, which is due to start operating during the first half of next year.