The shipping company Baleària will invest sixty million euros in converting five ferries from its current fleet to natural gas in the next two years, so that they can be propelled by this fuel and reduce polluting emissions.
Ferries Nápoles, Abel Matutes, Sicilia, Bahama Mama and Martín i Soler are part of this technological project, according to a statement from Baleària, based in Spain.
The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in these five vessels is expected to reduce more than 45,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 4,400 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) annually, as well as totally eliminate sulfur and particulate emissions, states the press release.
The first of the ships of the fleet that will be adapted to the gas propulsion will be the Nápoles, since it is foreseen that these works are undertaken during the beached this winter.
“In addition to the gas transformation of these five ferries, the company is also studying two other LNG projects and is building two smart ships at the Visentini shipyards in Italy, the first of which will be operational as of next February,” according to the company release.
The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, has ensured that LNG is the fossil fuel more respectful with the environment and has indicated that, “in three years, the company plans to have nine ships sailing with this energy”.