Baleària presents its first electric ferry at Fitur
The maritime passenger transport company, Baleària, has presented at Fitur its new electric passenger and cargo ferry free of polluting emissions with experimental use of green hydrogen, which will cover the Ibiza-Formentera route, and will reduce emissions by 80% greenhouse effect.
The new ship is being built at the Armón de Vigo shipyards (Vigo), and will be the first to generate zero emissions at the entrances, exits and stays of the Ibiza and Formentera docks, due to the use it makes of electric batteries and that They will recharge during the voyage.
In addition to allowing the use of batteries in port, the diesel-electric propulsion system will improve propulsion performance and reduce emissions and noise, as well as maintenance, reports Europa Press.
Additionally, the ferry will have a test laboratory for the use of green hydrogen through the installation of a 100 kilowatt (KW) compressed hydrogen fuel cell, the largest capacity that currently exists, inside.
“This ship represents an important leap and for us it has an emotional component, since despite being small and simple, it aspires to be the most sustainable of the fleet, being electric and incorporating hydrogen technology on an experimental basis”, he highlighted. the president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor.
On the other hand, he added that the use of the ship as a laboratory will help them learn about green hydrogen and apply this knowledge in the long term, when a “more mature and stable” storage system than the current compressed hydrogen is expected to be available. .
The president of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, thanked Baleària for its involvement in projects linked to hydrogen and the work shared between the Administration and the social and economic agents to advance “in building a Balearic Islands that are more competitive, more innovative, economically more diverse and, above all, more resilient, more adapted to climate change and much more sustainable”.
The ferry will have a capacity of 350 passengers, and its design prioritizes exterior accommodations, focusing mainly on the summer market, with terraces at different levels where you can enjoy views of the sea during the crossing and with services focused on the pleasure of traveling. : chill out areas, a large bar with space for a DJ and a shower area to cool off.
As for the transport of goods, the warehouse will be able to transport up to 14 trucks. The ship will be ‘double ended’, that is, it will operate both from the bow and from the stern, which will speed up loading and unloading operations and maneuvers in port. It is scheduled to start operating in the summer of 2023. The ship will be 83 meters long and 15 meters wide, and will be able to navigate at 12.5 knots.