New Fast Ferry
Baleària, a Spanish ferry company, has launched a new service with the fast-ferry Eleanor Roosevelt, which is powered by liquefied natural gas. The Eleanor Roosevelt, dubbed “the most inventive and sustainable fast ferry in the Mediterranean,” began service in the Balearic Islands on May 1. Te new ferry’s route is to be
Dénia – Ibiza – Palma.
Fast Ferry Construction
The final phase of the vessel’s construction has been completed at the Armon shipyard in Gijón. On April 27, the LNG-powered Eleanor Roosevelt set sail from the Armon shipyard in Gijón, bound for Dénia. The new super-sized ferry has dual engines that can operate on both LNG and diesel. The Eleanor Roosevelt, according to Baleària, will be the world’s longest fast ferry. It has a length of 123 meters and a width of 28 meters. It can accommodate 1,200 passengers and has 500 meters of truck and car lines.
The Armon shipyard in Gijón started work on this environmentally friendly fast ferry in December 2018. With the support of the Valencian engineering firm Cotenaval, this company managed the project and applied the systems engineering. The design was done by the Australian firm Incat Crowther, and the engines, propulsion system, and gas plant were made by the Finnish company Wärtsilä. The channel tests were done by the Norwegian Marintek-Sintef institute, and the classification was done by Bureau Veritas. The naval architects Oliver Design and the interior designer Jorge Belloch are responsible for the architectural and interior design.
Fast Ferry Features
The Eleanor Roosevelt becomes the fleet’s seventh natural-gas-powered vessel. 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 would cost €90 million ($106.2 million) according to the operator.
Why Eleanor Roosevelt?
The Eleanor Roosevelt, was named after this journalist, gender equality activist, and defender of the civil rights of African and Asian Americans, as well as Second World War refugees, is the name of Baleària’s new ship. Roosevelt is notable for being the first president of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, as well as one of the architects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As part of its contribution to one of the Sustainable Development Goals, equity and female empowerment, this vessel pays homage to pioneering women in their respective fields.