June 28, 2019. Eleanor Roosevelt smart ferry from Baleària has already begun to take shape at the Armón shipyard. What will be the first high-speed passenger ship to sail powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) is progressing in its construction process in the workshops of the company in Gijón, Spain.
In recent days, the shipyard has made the keel laying of this new ferry and it can see the first section of the ship’s hull. To this first block already built will join and assemble the rest of the parts of the ship. The completion of the work is scheduled for the spring of next year 2020.
The construction of this fast ferry is a pioneering project worldwide, which Baleària leads together with the Armon shipyards, and which has outstanding international partners, such as Wärstilä, Incat Crowther or Marintek, and national ones. The ship interiors will be designed by the Oliver Design company, which has already worked on projects for other Baleària ships, the most recent being the four eco fast ferries that connect Ibiza and Formentera
The Eleanor Roosvelt has a length of 123 meters by 28 of beam. It should be noted that it will have capacity for 1,200 passengers and a warehouse that can hold up to 500 linear meters of cargo and 250 cars, or alternatively 450 cars.
As for the engines, the new vessel will incorporate four dual GN/GO from Wärtsilä, with a power of 8,800 kW each, plus four waterjet for propulsion, as well as two gas generators and two diesel generators for power generation, which together will allow it to reach a service speed of 35 knots, with a maximum speed exceeding 40 knots.