Balearia links Almería and Melilla with the LNG-powered smart ship Marie Curie
The shipping company Baleària has added its LNG-fueled ferry Marie Curie to the line that connects Almeria and Melilla, a service that in principle will be maintained every Saturday, until next November 14. The Marie Curie, with dual LNG and fuel oil engines and a power of 20,600KW, represents a new milestone in the commitment to innovation and sustainability carried out by Baleària, which has invested 200 million euros in construction of this ferry and the Hypatia of Alexandria, a twin ship.
The president of the Port Authority of Almeria (APA), Jesús Caicedo, made a protocol visit to the ship to welcome the crew. He valued Baleària's commitment to innovation and sustainability, and expressed his desire that the shipping companies operating in the Port of Almeria incorporate innovations and improvements in the service that make the trip between Almería and the ports of North Africa more comfortable.
Baleària’s new smart ship, which can reach 25 knots of speed, has 186.5 meters in length and a capacity for 880 people, 2,194 linear meters of cargo and 166 vehicles.
Baleària is a pioneer company worldwide in the use of LNG as marine fuel. It has been working on projects related to this fuel since 2012. It currently has four ferries with LNG dual fuel engines, two of them newly built (Hypatia de Alejandría and Marie Curie) and two retrofitted (Nápoles and Abel Matutes). In addition, four more converted ships will be added until 2021, as well as the world's first 'fast ferry' powered by LNG dual fuel engines, Eleanor Roosevelt, which is scheduled to be operational in 2020. Therefore, the plan includes a total of nine LNG-powered smart ships by 2021.