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Innovation as a way of life

Innovating is the way to become a competitive company and attain excellence in management. At Baleària, we mainly work on technological innovation projects related to fleet energy eco-efficiency.

Pioneers in the use of liquified natural gas (LNG)

We’re building the first two ferries to be propelled by liquified natural gas to sail on the Mediterranean.  This makes Baleària one of the shipping pioneers in the use of this clean fuel, which reduces NOx emissions by 85%, CO2 emissions by 30% and eliminates the emission of sulfur and particles. The all-new ships, which will be called Hypatia de Alejandría and Marie Curie, both names of women scientists, are in line with one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): equality and women empowerment.

They are two sustainable ships with technology and digitization aimed at energy efficiency. Besides the dual fuel and LNG engines, they will be equipped with photovoltaic panels, LED lighting and trim control, among other features. The first one is expected to begin sailing at the beginning of 2019.

On the other hand, we are not operating the first auxiliary natural gas engine for a passenger ferry, the Abel Matutes, and we are carrying out a crew training program on the use of liquified natural gas.

A sustainable fleet and efficient sailing

The company’s competitiveness requires efficient ships to reduce fuel consumption - as it represents nearly 40% of all operating expenses- all while minimizing contaminating emissions as outlined in our environmental commitment.

We have a fleet plan for the Eivissa and Formentera route to add a series of four eco fast ferries which stand out for their energy efficiency because of the propulsion system, the use of renewable energies and the hull construction materials. Moreover, these catamarans use next generation engines which minimize contaminating emissions and 24 photovoltaic solar panels to supply onboard services, among other new developments. The first of the ships, the Eco Aqua, as added to the route at the end of 2017, and the Eco Terra, the Eco Aire and the Eco Lux are expected to begin sailing sometime in 2018.

On the other hand, we’re working on applying next generation anti-incrustation systems to the ships’ bottoms, reducing engine loads, trimming control systems and the use of low-sulfur fuels.

Additionally, we’ve planned the construction of new smart and eco-efficient terminals to facilitate passenger and goods transport to the ships under safe and comfortable conditions.