July 31, 2019. Baleària and Fred. Olsen Express incorporated the Abel Matutes smart gas boat to the route that connects Huelva with the Canarian ports of La Luz (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The shipping companies give continuity to their commitment to sustainability and digitalization on the routes between the Peninsula and the Canary Islands.
Like Naples, which it replaces, the Abel Matutes ship will be powered by dual liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines, thanks to the recent remotorization, which ended in early July. On the other hand, the ferry also incorporates technological innovations that make it an intelligent ship, and improves the experience on board customers.
Among the main novelties, the WhatsApp coverage is free during the entire voyage, the digitalization of the entire signage, access to the bar code and the accommodations through a QR code and digital entertainment on demand. Likewise, smart TVs have been installed in all cabins, from which you can also access the digital content platform on demand.
The ferry has a length of 190 meters, a capacity for 900 people and 2,235 linear meters of road cargo. It was the vessel best valued by Baleària passengers in 2018 with a score of 8.8, it has different accommodations, where quadruple cabins and fully reclining leather seats are located. It offers an à la carte restaurant, self-service, cafeteria and terrace bar. In addition, it is enabled for passengers with reduced mobility, pet area and shop on board, among other services.
Baleària already has four ships in its fleet that can be propelled by liquefied natural gas, and is expected to be nine in 2021, of which six are remotorized and three of new construction. It should be remembered that Abel Matutes was the first ferry of the company to install an auxiliary gas generator in 2017. The remotorization of this vessel, which has been the second to go through this process, has been partially subsidized by CEF funds (Connecting Europe Facility), within the LNGHIVE2 Green & Smart Links project of the European Commission.