Spanish ferry operator Baleària starts sea trials of LNG-powered fast ferry
Baleària, a Spanish ferry company, announced that the Eleanor Roosevelt, an LNG-fueled fast ferry, has begun sea trials.
The vessel's building, which is being built at the Armon shipyard in Gijón, is nearing completion. One of the goals of the sea trials, according to Baleària, is to calibrate the propulsion and navigation equipment, among other things.
The ferry has engines that can run on both LNG and diesel fuel. The vessel is scheduled to complete liquefied natural gas runs in the coming days.
The shipyard expects to produce the vessel by the end of March once it is finished.
The Eleanor Roosevelt will be the seventh ship in the fleet to sail on natural gas until it is integrated. Baleària also claimed that it is the world's first LNG-powered fast ferry.
The vessel will fly 400 nautical miles without refueling thanks to the two LNG tanks. In dual-fuel (LNG/diesel) mode, the range is increased to 1,900 nautical miles.
The vessel's building will cost €90 million ($106.2 million) according to the operator.
Maritime Business World