Baleària and Axpo make Europe’s first decarbonised trip a reality using biomethane as fuel

The 133-mile journey between the ports of Barcelona and Ciutadella (Menorca) was made by the ship Eleanor Roosevelt from Baleària, the world's first fast ferry with dual natural gas engines.

June 3, 2021. Baleària and Axpo Iberia have set a new milestone in the decarbonisation of maritime transport by making the first pilot trip on a fast ferry with 100% renewable fuel in Europe a reality. The 133-mile journey between the ports of Barcelona and Ciutadella (Menorca) was made by the ship Eleanor Roosevelt from Baleària, the world’s first fast ferry with dual natural gas engines.

The use of biomethane as a renewable fuel on this journey has meant avoiding the emission of more than 50 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. This means that an equivalent volume of fossil fuel has been displaced in the Spanish gas system, taking a further step towards the decarbonization of the Spanish energy system in general and the maritime transport sector in particular.

The Eleanor Roosevelt is the world’s first fast ferry with natural gas engines, which has just been launched by Baleària and which usually operates on the Denia-Ibiza-Palma route. This is the flagship that exemplifies the company’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. Baleària is a pioneer in the use of natural gas and has invested 380 million euros in a fleet of nine ferries powered by natural gas, a fuel that reduces emissions into the atmosphere.

During the journey, the presentation of the “XII Situation Report on CO2 emissions in the world. Year 2019 ” by Fundación Empresa y Clima, where the latest verified official data on the situation of CO2 emissions at the world, European and Spanish level was offered. At the end of the presentation, the President of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, has received from the hands of Ignacio Soneira, General Director of Axpo Iberia, the certificates of renewable origin that certify the neutral emissions of this journey.

Baleària thus lays the first stone for a total decarbonisation of passenger maritime transport in the near future, through the use of fuels of renewable origin in its ships. Adolfo Utor has remarked that “it is a first experience that we carry out with the help of an important partner, and that it marks a new milestone on the path that we have set towards decarbonisation on the horizon of 2050, by being able to use biomethane as a renewable fuel.”

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