Baleària’s Strength And Adaptability Have Tempered The Impact Of COVID-19 On Its Results

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  • The shipping company has maintained a positive EBITDA of more than 60 million euros, despite a drop in turnover (-24%) and losses of more than 15 million euros.
  • The mobility restrictions have caused significant declines in all types of traffic: -52% in the case of passengers and -6% in the transport of goods.
  • The shipping company has prioritized health safety and has sustained its projects and investments linked to its strategic areas of sustainability and digitisation.
  • The company has maintained its commitment to the different regions, guaranteeing the transport of essential goods and the mobility of people.

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Two Companies For The Melilla Public Service Contracts

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Two Companies For The Melilla Public Service Contracts

The authorities of the Spanish enclave of Melilla have awarded two public service ferry contracts (Obligación de Servicio Público). These contracts start on April 1 and last for one year.

Trasmediterranea will operate the ropax ferry service between Melilla and Malaga.

(6 round trips per week / budget of €3.9million)

Balearia has received the contract for the lines to Almeria and Motril.

(each 3 round trips per week / budget €7.5million)

This will be the first time that two different companies will operate the public service contract between the Spanish city in North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula.

Until now Trasmediterránea had always won the contests with Malaga and Almería. It will also be the first time that the route with Motril is included as a public service obligation.

Balearia will use the 2019-built HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRIA.

Trasmediterranea continues to operate the route with CIUDAD AUTÓNOMA MELILLA.

FERRY PORTS

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The head of Porto Livorno 2000, Matteo Savelli (who is also CEO of Toremar) announced to the newspaper ‘Il Tirreno’, that they will appeal against the decision from the regional administrative court in Tuscany which stated that the Grimaldi-participated Sintermar Darsena Toscana terminal can handle also passengers, in addition to ro-ro cargo. Thus rejecting the appeal promoted by Porto Livorno 2000, the passenger terminal controlled by Moby and participated by MSC.

Porto Livorno 2000 is convinced to be the only terminal operator in the port with the authorization to handle passengers from cruise vessels and ferries following a public tender won few years ago. That’s the reason why it opposed the concession released in the recent past by the local port authority for a second ro-pax terminal to Sintermar Darsena Toscana (Grimaldi).

The Florence-based administrative regional court stated that Porto Livorno 2000 cannot be the only passenger terminal of the port recalling also the competition rules introduced both by in the national and in the EU legal framework.

The Port Authority of Valencia Selects Baleària’s Offer to Build the New Passenger Terminal

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The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Valencia has selected the offer presented by Baleària for the construction and management of the new public passenger terminal in the Port of València.

This infrastructure will be located between the Poniente Quay and the Espigón del Turia Quay, in the area previously occupied by the Unión Naval de Valencia shipyard.

The terminal will occupy approximately 100,000 m2 and its concession will be granted for a period of 35 years, extendable to a maximum of 50 years.

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.