Foto Baleària

Innovation as a way of life

Innovation is the way to make a company competitive and to achieve excellence in management. We work mainly on technological innovation projects connected with the energy eco-efficiency of fleet

Pioneers in the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG)

We are pioneers in Spain in the use of LNG, a fuel that reduces atmospheric emissions. We are building three smartships using this fuel for their propulsion, one at the LaNaval shipyard in Biscay, and another two twin ships at the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini. The total investment in the three smartships is more than 320 million euros, and the first will set sail on the Balearics routes in 2018.

These smartships will be among the first in the Mediterranean to be powered by liquefied natural gas, thanks to their dual engines which will serve to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% and NOx by 85%, while eliminating emissions of sulphur and particles. Meanwhile, other innovative and smart solutions will be installed on these ships to optimise eco-efficiency and sustainability.

The customer experience on board will be enhanced by means of services more typical of a cruise ship and the application of technological solutions via passengers' mobile devices.

These projects will also generate employment (both during construction and after), and will contribute to the well-being and economic development of the regions involved. Our Enterprise School will be setting up a specific training programme, turning the ship into a training platform to allow employees to develop their professional careers.

Technical Details

  LaNaval Visentini
Length 232 m 186.5 m
Beam 30 m 25 m
Speed 24 kn 24 kn
People 1,730 810
Hold 3,330 linear metres 2,180 linear metres
Vehicles 331 150


Meanwhile, since early 2017 the  Abel Matutes is now the first passenger ferry in Spain to sail using an auxiliary natural gas engine. We have also begun a training programme for crew members in the use of LNG.

A sustainable fleet and efficient sailing

Our competitiveness is based on efficient ships capable of reducing fuel consumption (which accounts for some 40% of operating costs), while at the same time minimising pollutant emissions in accordance with our environmental commitment.

Which is why we are making efforts to apply cutting-edge anti-fouling systems to the hull of the ships below the waterline, to reduce the strain on the engines, along with trimming control systems and the use of low sulphur fuels.

We are likewise planning new smart and eco-efficient terminals to facilitate the flow of passengers and goods onto our ships, with the utmost convenience and safety.