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BaleÓria orders two new gas-fuelled ferries in Ç200 million deal

Wed 01 Feb 2017 by Rebecca Moore

BaleÓria orders two new gas-fuelled ferries in Ç200 million deal
BaleÓria is building two gas dual-fuel ferries from Cantiere Navale Visentini following its order of an LNG powered ferry from LaNaval last year

Baleària has reached an agreement to build two gas-powered ferries at Italy’s Cantiere Navale Visentini shipyard for €200 million.

The 186.5m long twin ferries – which will have capacity for 810 people, 2,180 linear metres of cargo and 150 cars – will be equipped with dual gas engines and are expected to be in operation by the end of 2018.

Balearic president Adolfo Utor said the two new ferries will allow the shipping company "to guarantee a better service both to passengers and logistics operators, as well as to gain in competitiveness". The two smartships will incorporate "the latest technologies to be more sustainable and ensure the best passenger travel experience," he concluded.

The new units are in addition to the cruiseferry Baleària ordered in 2016 from LaNaval shipyard which, like these two ships, will also be gas powered and equipped with the latest technologies to be more eco-efficient. The ferry operator said this vessel will be the largest in operation in the Mediterranean and among the largest in the world. It is expected to start operating in 2019.