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Baleària LNG-fuelled high-speed catamaran

The largest ever high-speed catamaran, which will operate on LNG fuel, will feature a fully integrated scope of supply from the technology group Wärtsilä. The 125 metres long vessel is being built at the Armon Gijón shipyard in Spain for Spanish ferry operator Baleària. Wärtsilä’s equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the latter half of 2019, and the vessel is scheduled to enter into service in the summer of 2020.

The vessel will operate on four highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines, four Wärtsilä waterjets, and the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel gas storage and supply system. The ability of Wärtsilä to deliver a fully integrated scope, was an important option for both the owner and shipyard.

When delivered, the ferry will be capable of carrying 1200 passengers and 500 cars, or trucks covering a length of 500 metres plus 250 cars. It will have a service speed of 35 knots, and a top speed of more than 40 knots. The LNG storage tanks give the ferry a range of 400 nautical miles. 

“This ferry will very much shape the future for high-speed, gas powered, catamarans and trimarans. This completely new design, which optimizes the performance of the ship, not only in terms of speed but also in seakeeping, and which utilises Wärtsilä’s LNG technology, makes this a breakthrough vessel. The use of LNG allows us to fulfil our commitment to the environment and to energy efficiency, while also keeping us one step ahead of the new pollutant gas reduction regulations scheduled for 2020."

Juan M. Paino, CTO of Armón

“Baleària's strategic commitment to LNG responds to criteria of social responsibility and economic profitability. The axiom, less pollution, greater economic profitability, works fully with liquefied natural gas."

Adolfo Utor, CEO of Baleària

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