Wednesday, October 20

Baleària presents the world’s first fast ferry with natural gas engines



The host of the event, the president of the shipping company, Adolfo Utor, has been accompanied by the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, the president of State Ports, Francisco Toledo, the mayor of Dénia, Vicent Grimalt, and the CEO of the Armon Shipyards, Laudelino Alperi. The event, which has been carried out with the recommended safety measures, has included a group visit to the new ship of the shipping company.

“The Eleanor Roosevelt it is the best synthesis of universality, modernity and commitment to the territory, the best evidence that we are a company with a green heart and a sustainable spirit ”, he highlighted Adolfo Utor, president of the shipping company. Utor has emphasized the commitment and involvement of the company with the Balearic Islands: “As a logistics and maritime mobility company, we have not stopped, not a single day, being at the port to facilitate the movement of people and the supply of goods and merchandise”. Finally, he affirmed that Baleària’s strength is efficiency and competitiveness, in a strategy at the service of the client and sustainability, at the same time as its commitment to the territories and their people.

Ximo Puig, President of the Generalitat, highlighted that Baleària represents the Valencian industrial and logistics fabric: “It is fundamental for the Valencian economy and I want to thank the effort it makes to connect the Valencian Community with the Islands.” In addition, he pointed out “New boats have to be absolutely linked to the energy transition and decarbonisation and, therefore, it seems to me very good news that the Eleanor Roosevelt meet those conditions. Also, I want to congratulate the company for the choice of the name, a great person and an absolute feminist at a time when it was very difficult to defend women’s rights. ”

“We are a city by the sea, and it is exciting for us to see a ship like the new docked in our port fast ferry Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest in the world, and the first one that introduces, at high speed, natural gas as fuel, which allows the reduction of C02 emissions “, said the mayor of Dénia, Vicent Grimalt. “The innovation of Eleanor Roosevelt It does not make it known that modernization and sustainability can be accommodated in this sea that is so ours, and the size of this new ship tells us that we are a great port ”, he concluded.

For its part, Francisco Toledo, President of Puertos del Estado, has recognized “the work that Baleària is developing” with its commitment to gas. “That Baleària, today, has 7 ships powered by liquefied gaso says a lot about its innovative nature, but even more relevant is its firm commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, which we at Puertos del Estado promote and share with the entire Port Community. Taking on these challenges is betting on the future of our society, and an incentive for our companies to be more competitive ”.

The shipping company has invested 90 million euros in this fast ferry with capacity for 1,200 passengers and 450 cars, which has cafeterias and a children’s area, a free digital entertainment platform, video surveillance of pets, Internet, among others. In addition, it has high-tech innovations to offer a comfortable journey and spacious and bright spaces. The Eleanor Roosevelt It is the seventh Baleària ship to use natural gas, a fuel that reduces polluting emissions, which are monitored thanks to the measurement equipment and sensors installed on board, within the framework of a project co-financed by CEF funds from the European Commission.

The Eleanor Roosevelt, pioneer in global shipping, has been built in the Armon shipyards of Gijón, with the participation of outstanding collaborators leaders in their fields, both international (Wärstilä, Incat Crowther, Bureau Veritas or Marintek-Sintef), as well as national (Cotenaval, Oliver Design and Jorge Belloch) and has received financing from CaixaBank.


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