Baleàrias New LNG High-Speed Craft Launched

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Baleària’s new fast ferry ELEANOR ROOSEVELT was launched on Friday 18 September at the Armon shipyard in Gijón.

This innovative ship is scheduled to begin operating in the first quarter of 2021.

Lots of focus goes to the use of LNG as fuel.

However, equally important is what Baleària has achieved in the digitization of services, with the “Smart ship” concept.

  • Passengers will be able to access by means of a QR code that they will receive via WhatsApp, with the indication of the assigned seat number
  • Internet service and WhatsApp coverage for text messages during crossing
  • Free digital entertainment platform for mobile devices
  • See the pets through webcams installed in the cages.

Sixth LNG-powered Ship Joins the Baleària Fleet

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Ropax SICILIA has been refitted and re-engined at the WestSea Viana Yard in Portugal.

  • An LNG tank with a 425m3 capacity has been installed, good for a range of 1,100 nautical miles.
  • The MAN9L48 / 60 engines have been converted into the 9L51 / 60DF dual fuel version.
  • Installation of fuel consumption and emission monitoring system (as on BAHAMA MAMA), subsidised for 50% by CEF Transport funds. this is the first phase of the project for a future fleet control tower that will allow operations and vessels to be managed more efficiently from different aspects, such as safety, preventive maintenance of equipment and commercial efficiency. In 2022, five ships in the fleet will have this monitoring.

Baleària decided already in 2012 to make LNG its main fuel.

Baleària Starts Sète – Nador Route

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Soon after Morocco reopened its borders, Baleària started a ferry service from the French port of Sète to Nador.

The vessel is REGINA BALTICA, with according to the company’s website, a Moroccan crew.

GNV is already operating this route (and 5 Moroccan routes in total, from Italy, France and Spain)

Baleària has scheduled eleven crossings, in order to meet the demand from people of Moroccan origin residing in European countries. (six trips from France and five from Morocco).

The last crossing is planned for September 7, but the company is exploring the possibility of more trips.

All passengers must present a negative PCR test carried out no more than 48 hours before travel. For Moroccans living in Northern France, Belgium or Holland this is a challenge, because of the driving distance and time.

The capacity of the vessel is currently restricted to 1,300 passengers (1,675) and 300  vehicles (350).


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Baleària Converts 85,000 Plastic Bottles into Furniture

In a circular economy project, Baleària has reused the plastic equivalent of more than 85,000 bottles to build the furniture for the exterior decks of the ferries BAHAMA MAMA (Dénia-Ibiza-Palma), and ABEL MATUTES (Barcelona, ​​Alcúdia and Ciutadella).

Web Check In / E-Ticket for Blue Star Ferries and Hellenic Seaways

Attica Group introduced the e-ticket/boarding pass application on domestic routes, building the new digital age in Greek ferry services.

The goal of this new app is to improve services, make transactions more convenient for passengers, and simplify boarding and travel procedures. Visitors from all over the world, as well as island residents, who travel frequently by ferry, will now have the possibility to make their reservations much easier and receive and store their tickets and/or boarding passes.

Minoan Lines’ KYDON PALACE Introduced on the Piraeus-Chania Line

On July 24, Minoan Lines’ ‘cruise’ ferry KYDON PALACE was introduced on the Piraeus-Chania line, after an inauguration ceremony that took place in the port of Piraeus. She is the fastest, newest and most luxurious ship of the line, while she is also the first ship of the Cretan service to undergo scrubber conversion.

KYDON PALACE will depart, from the port of Piraeus, in July and August, at 16:00 and from the port of Souda at 23:59.

Every Saturday and Sunday she will depart from the port Piraeus at 11:00 and from the port of Souda at 22:30.

Her carrying capacity is for 2.500 passengers (758 beds) and 700 private cars or 113 trucks and 100 cars while she can run at a speed of maximum 31.50 knots.


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Baleària to be First Shipping Line in the World with Bureau Veritas Covid-19 Certification

Baleària is working towards being the first shipping line in the world to obtain the Global Safe Site Covid-19 badge at the highest level (Excellence) from Bureau Veritas, certifying that its ships and the ferry terminals that it manages implement specific procedures, cleaning plans, organisational and personal protective measures to prevent Covid-19.

The carrier will also periodically be testing for the possible presence of the virus on surfaces in order to obtain the certificate at Excellence level.


This certificate will guarantee that Baleària goes beyond the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation, conducting more complete, reinforced procedures beyond those indicated by said authorities in terms of safety and cleaning. Certification will cover 16 of the company’s ships (the 12 currently in operation and an additional 4 expected to enter service when the current restrictions on passenger travel are lifted), as well as the two ferry terminals that it manages directly (Dénia and Valencia). Certification is expected to be issued in early June, and will be renewed every 6 months with periodic inspections.


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Space Charter Agreement between Trasmediterranea and Balearia for Ceuta Route

The ferry PASSIÓ PER FORMENTERA is the only ship that transports cargo between Spain and Ceuta, since Tuesday, April 21.

A space charter agreement between Baleària and Trasmediterránea leaves only one single ship on the Ceuta route.

The article says that this arrangement does not comply with the terms of the public service contract.


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Thank you to all the companies and subscribers that have provided us with information regarding the impact of the virus crisis.

We have produced this overview. As things change fast, we cannot guarantee that the information is up to date. Please check the respective websites.


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Balearia can no longer take passenger on their ferries. All National and International Commercial flights and ships have been banned from the Balearic Islands and passengers will not be allowed to disembark from planes or ferries.

The Moroccan government has decided to suspend its communications with Spain until further notice. Balearia is suspending passenger service departures for the Algeciras – Tangiers Med. and Almería – Nador routes until the current situation returns to normal. However, the route will continue operating for freight transport in order to ensure supply for the region.

Baleària Tests High-Speed LNG Bunkering

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For the first time, Baleària carried out an LNG Multi-Truck-To-Ship (MTTS) bunkering, at a speed almost six times higher than the usual average.

Three tank trucks operated simultaneously to supply LNG to ropax Marie Curie, which started to operate for the joint Baleària and Fred.Olsen Express service on the Huelva – Canary route. The operation was done in the Port of Huelva.

The manufacturer of gas storage and transport systems CMC Cerezuela has developed a system that prevents flow losses and allows a high supply speed.

The peak bunkering speed was 2,800 l / min (168 m3 / h). The goal is to reach 3,000 l / min (180 m3 / h).