Spanish ferry operator, Baleària has increased the natural gas consumption on its 10 dual-engined ships to 100%.
The company estimated that this will result in stopping emitting around 80,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere between 1st June and the end of this year.
In October, 2021, Baleària continued to use this cleaner energy only on port entries, approaches and while berthed.
Despite the temporary reduction in the use of gas, due to adverse circumstances, Baleària maintained its commitment to the fuel, which enables CO2 emissions to be reduced by up to 30%, the company claimed.
As a result, two more gas-powered vessels were added to the fleet, having completed the retrofit of the ‘Hedy Lamarr’ in 2022, and chartering the ‘Rusadir’, a cruise/ferry equipped with an electric propulsion system powered by dual natural gas engines, this spring.
In addition, Baleària is building the fast ferry ‘Margarita Salas’, a second and improved version of the ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’.
In total there are now eleven ships with dual engines. Furthermore, these ships are prepared for the consumption of either 100% biomethane or synthetic methane, as well as green hydrogen mixtures of up to 25%, although these CO2-neutral renewable energies are not feasible at the moment, due to their cost and availability, the company said.
Gijon’s Armon shipyard has built around 90% of the ‘Margarita Salas’ aluminium structure, Baleària’s second dual-engined fast passenger and cargo ferry.
The ship is scheduled to be launched this autumn and to come into operation next spring on the Barcelona/Ciutadella/Alcúdia route.
Having the same characteristics as the ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ (123 m long, 28 m wide and the capacity to transport 1,200 pax and 400 vehicles), she will be fitted with a second deck with lounge seating at the bow, while the surface area of the stern terrace will be doubled with an outdoor bar service.
In addition, the ‘Margarita Salas’ will be 10% more powerful than her sistership, Baleària said.