• 2017 February 16 09:48

    Baleària group plans to order the largest in Mediterranean LNG-powered ferry with LaNaval shipyard

    Baleària will build a 'smartship' and eco-efficient gas powered Ferry in LaNaval. The ferry, which will be the largest operating in the Mediterranean and among the largest in the world, is scheduled to start operations in 2019, the shipbuilding company said in a media release.

    Baleària is decided to use liquefied natural gas and solar power as energy sources and enhance the experiential journey of the passengers that will build at LaNaval Shipyard. Both companies signed yesterday the shipbuilding contract in which the company from Denia will invest 175 million euros, and providing the option to decide in the coming months, to build a second sister ship. This first vessel is expected to begin operations during 2019 in the Balearic lines.

    Chairman of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, said that "with the new ferry we will reinforce the idea of the pleasure of traveling compatible with the respect for the environment" and in this line explained that "we want to establish a before and after in maritime transport, incorporating the latest technology to make the trip a unique experience and to make passengers onboard think in the nex voyage in this Vessel ". Utor added that "the ship also meets the needs of logistics operators, both in service and capacity, which will be key to the viability of the project."

    Jose Ignacio Irasuegui, Managing Director of LaNaval states that "the signing of the contract, after months of working together, confirms our strategy of working closely with our customers from the earliest conceptual stages, it’s a milestone that consolidates LaNaval’s positioning in the passenger ship market and, in general, in the design and construction of ships with high technological content. We are convinced that this agreement will be the start of a long-term relationship between LaNaval and Baleària, one of Europe's largest shipping companies in the field of freight and passenger transport. "

    Big capacity and length, with gas propulsion
    The new vessel will be among the largest in Europe, with a length of 232.2 meters and a beam of 30.4, besides being the first passenger ferry powered by liquefied natural gas in the Mediterranean. The ship can reach a speed of 23 knots thanks to three dual fuel engines, which can be used either with natural gas or liquid fuel, and thus allow the company to reduce by more than 40% CO2, NOx, and avoid emissions of sulfur and other particular matters.

    A smartship
    The new ferry will not only be innovative because of clean energy and its big capacity, but also for their facilities for passenger service. One smart ship, where customers, with their smartphones or mobile devices can access the accommodation, have tracking systems, access to a wide audiovisual technology in entertainment and cuisine on board, information and booking destinations , data navigation, meteorology, and endless possibilities that the option to interact with the system and intercom with the rest of the passengers are added.

    Services on board
    The architecture of the ferry prioritizes many open interior and exterior public spaces, incorporating the latest innovations in the cruise market. In addition, the vessel will have all the comforts and services that will transform the trip in an unforgettable experience. Will have a capacity for 1,600 passengers (70% of which can be accommodated in cabins and the rest in armchairs), plus 340 other vehicles. Among the services for passengers including two restaurants, four bars (one outside), a playground, two multipurpose theaters, one outside and one inside, two levels up to 700 people each, two pools and two hot tubs, gym, hairdresser and lounge, library, cinema, etc.

    Regarding cargo, the ship will have a capacity of 3,300 lane meters of trucks. During the loading and unloading operations, the vessel will have an automatic anti-heeling system consisting of a pump mechanism allowing redirect the water flow.

    Eco-efficient measures
    In its commitment to eco-efficiency and innovation as well as the gas propulsion, Baleària will consider energy optimization of all ship systems.

    • Installation of solar panels to power all onboard services.
    • Design of the hull and appendages to improve the performance and reduce the required power.
    • Use of propulsion systems that reduce fuel consumption, such as high efficiency propellers, number of shaft lines, types of rudders, etc.
    • Applying coatings for the outside of the ship to reduce its resistance.
    • Lighting with LED technology.
    • System of regulation of air conditioning units, adapting to the needs of each space.
    • System monitoring of the different parameters of the vessel to allow their correct and instantly adjustment to conditions of minimum consumption.
    • Installation of variable frequency PTOs to let ship propellers work close to their optimum design point.

    About the Baleària group
    Baleària shipping company is a leader in passenger and cargo transportation with the Balearic Islands, one of the largest operators in the Straits of Gibraltar and offers services in the Caribbean. The company is a leader in service, innovation and social responsibility in the Spanish shipping sector. The shipping company, which has a fleet of 22 vessels and around1,000 people employed.

    About LaNaval
    LaNaval is a shipyard dedicated to the design and construction of sophisticated vessels for Offshore Oil & Gas, Offshore Wind, Passenger and Dredging markets. Besides this agreement with Baleària, the current orderbook of LaNaval is a Ro-Pax ferry for TESO, a Cable Lay Vessel for DEME / Tideway and two dredgers for the company Van Oord.




2017 June 23

16:43 Vladimir Putin launched the alignment of the shallow and deep-water sections of the Turkish Stream (photo)
16:27 Vostochny Port monitors environment with the help of a drone
16:04 Port of NYNJ/OCEMA agreement to become effective Sunday
15:35 Brittany Ferries confirms LNG cross-channel ferry order
15:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Clio with Phaethon
14:39 Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure will present investment opportunities of Chornomorsk seaport
14:15 Baltic Sea Tug Agency performed its first operation on towing and mooring of oil tanker at Ust-Luga port (photo)
14:09 Damen delivers two tugs to Rimorchiatori Riuniti
13:52 RF Government proposes amendments to a bill on extension of ‘cabotage’ concept in Russia’s Merchant Shipping Code
13:16 USPA will update the dredging and ecological security fleet of Ukraine
12:54 Statoil awards contract on new shuttle tankers
12:01 DP World and Masdar to explore clean energy solutions
11:48 MOL-MES to jointly develop "Next-generation Vessel Monitoring and Support System"
11:10 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier
10:37 Vostochny Port purchased VIKHR vacuum cleaner for Nakhodka streets
10:12 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg welcomes innaugural call of Seven Seas Explorer
09:48 Brent Crude futures price up 0.42% to $45.41, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.42% to $42.92
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 855 points

2017 June 22

18:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from United Arab Emirates to East Africa
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-May'17 grew by 3% to 5.41 mln t
17:33 Throughput of port Vyborg up 10% to 501,400 t in 5M’17
17:16 Rudiger Grube named as new Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board
17:04 Kalmar wins an order of six RTGs from Ports America Chesapeake in Baltimore, USA
16:37 Increase in cruise calls as sector grows at ABP South Wales
16:05 HHLA holds AGM, OKs distribution of € 46.7M to shareholders for the 2016FY
16:04 The world’s largest container ship makes its maiden call at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe
15:45 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’17 is flat, year-on-year, at 27.46 mln t
15:44 MABUX: No upward drivers on global bunker market so far
15:24 Gasum increase its shareholding in Skangas
15:03 BIMCO, INTERCARGO, ICS and INTERTANKO unite to propose ambitious Co2 reduction objectives to IMO
14:33 TTS Group signs historical contract for Syncrolift® and transfer system
14:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge from Italian ports to all Eastbound trades
13:38 IMO treaty covering removal of wrecks was under discussion at dedicated seminar in London
13:31 Kieler Woche draws cruise ships
13:15 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 15% to 7.73 mln t in Jan-May'17
13:11 Sweden’s Port of Kapellskär gets five modern quay-berths and a larger port area
12:53 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 42.05 mln t in 5M’17
12:16 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 7% to 21.47 mln t in 5M’17
12:01 Sanmar constructs the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel
11:24 Northwest Seaport Alliance handles record May international container volume
11:19 Africa Maritime cooperation centre holds first workshop
10:47 Maximum number of ships received by Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg
10:20 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey and lease and operate contracts for the ExxonMobil Liza FPSO
10:11 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $44.78, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $42.51
09:45 Port of Gdansk participates in Polish Days of the Sea in Slovakia
09:36 New car-and-passenger ferry deployed at Kerch Strait ferry line (photo)
09:18 Baltic Dry Index down to 844 points

2017 June 21

20:10 Combi Lift calls on Damen with 19 vessel order
20:05 Damen’s UK Sales Manager receives Lifetime Achievement Award
18:12 Icebreaker pier in Katajanokka (Helsinki) reinforced and extended for IB Polaris
17:51 ABP donates £1,500 to Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
17:30 Russian-Greek joint commission for maritime navigation held its first session
17:06 Eighty-seven Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards recognizing 670 combined years of safe operations
16:47 GMN maritime technology project seeks stakeholder participation
16:25 Ha Noi will host Vietship 2018 on January 24-26
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Protefs with Hudson
15:46 IMO’s Chris Trelawny was speaking at the Port Security Technology conference in London
15:34 Ulstein Verft earns ISO9001 certificate
15:04 14,000 TEU Tampa Triumph vessel makes maiden call at Gulftainer’s Northern Container Terminal in Saudi Arabia
14:52 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.1 mln passengers in Jan-May'17, up 4.9%, Y-o-Y