Fred. Olsen Express And Baleària Introduce Newbuilding On The Joint Canary Islands – Huelva Route

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Fred Olsen Express and Baleària celebrate one year on the route between the Canary Islands and Huelva with the incorporation, on November 17, of LNG-powered RoPax MARIE CURIE. This Visentini-built ferry was delivered last July.

During the first year of the joint venture, 155 crossings have been performed, increasing the links between the Canary Islands and the Peninsula by 73%.

During Summer, Baleària Puts One LNG-powered Ferry And One Re-Engined Ferry On the Menorca Route

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On 6 July, LNG-powered, 2,194 lane metre ro-pax HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA did a docking test in the port of Ciutadella, using the newly built ROLON PLATA II port tug, recently acquired from Damen Shipyards.

The HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA connects Barcelona with Menorca, with a stopover in Alcúdia (Northeast side of Mallorca)

This Visentini-built vessel is part of Baleària’s investment of EUR 362 million in a new generation of vessels that combine energy efficiency (thanks to LNG propulsion) with digitalization (“smart ships”). By the end of 2021 Baleària will have 9 vessels powered by LNG.

In addition, since 4 July Baleària has reinforced the route between Barcelona and Ciutadella with JAUME III, a high-speed ferry that recently got new engines. This has allowed to improve its speed and energy efficiency. Money has also been invested in the digitalisation.

JAUME III also sails on Barcelona – Ciutadella, with a stop in Alcúdia

Baleària Adds Summer Capacity On Almeria-Nador

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On 7 July, Baleària added a second ferry to the route between Almería and Nador. It is the 2008-built MARTIN I SOLER.
Until September 15, Baleària will offer between two and three daily connections from each port, with the MARTÍN I SOLER and DUBA BRIDGE.
The daily offer of seats will be 50% higher compared to the days with the maximum demand of the OPE 2018 (Operation Paso del Estrecho).

It is the third summer that Baleària operates this route, and the first that it does with two ships.

Next year MARTIN I SOLER will be remotorised with LNG as fuel.

Next year MARTIN I SOLER will be remotorised with LNG as fuel.


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Baleària Sees Important Growth On North-Africa Routes

+11% passengers: 4,320,000

+17% vehicles: 1,209,000

+5% turnover: €381,400,000

-14% EBITDA: €70,300,000

-37% net profit: €27,400,000

  • 22% of Baleària passengers = foreign market. On these international lines, passenger growth was 26% while sales exceeded 84 million euros (16% more). Half of the group’s passengers (2,277,000) travelled the lines connecting the Iberian Peninsula to northern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Ceuta and Melilla); thus, northern Africa is the area where the company is growing the most.
  • 50% of business is cargo, with a growth of 3.3% (5,800,000 lane metres of goods carried).
  • Reasons for drop in EBITDA and net profit are the high cost of the implementation of the new routes on the Alboran Sea and around the Canary Islands, along with the increased bunker price.
  • Trend expected to remain steady this financial year while new traffic routes are consolidated and the planned ship engine refittings are completed as they are currently inactive.


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Balearia Presents Its New Fast Ferry On YouTube

A short movie has been made to present the new 123 m Balearia’catamaran ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, currently under construction in Spain at the Armon shipyard, after an Incat Crowther design.

Baleària And Fred. Olsen Express Introduce The First Smart LNG Ferry Between Huelva And The Canary Islands

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The shipping companies Baleària and Fred. Olsen Express will incorporate the first ferry powered by dual gas engines on the routes that operate between Huelva and the Canary Islands, starting next Sunday March 24, at the departure of 20h from the port of Huelva.

The ro-pax NAPOLES has returned from the shipyard in Gibraltar after having received a new dual-fuel LNG engine.
She will replace the MARTIN I SOLER.

The remotorising of the ferry has been an important piece of engineering, with a price tag of EUR 12.5 million.

On the other hand, technological innovations have been made on the ship to turn it into a ‘smart ship’. Among the main novelties are, the digitalisation of all the signage, as well as the access to the staterooms by means of a QR code that customers receive on their mobile phone (and which prevents them from having to go through reception), and digital entertainment on demand.

Balearia’s HSC JAUME III To Be Repowered By San Giorgio Del Porto Shipyard

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Incat 041 JAUME III is set to be refitted in the port of Genoa, by San Giorgio del Porto Shipyard.

The yard is part of Genova Industrie Navali group, in which Fincantieri is expected to take a minority stake in the near future.

Ettore Morace, managing director of Balearia, confirmed to Ferry Shipping News that, “the JAUME III is to undergo significant works in the engine room. The vessel will be completely repowered, and the four main Ruston engines will be replaced by MTU.”

Price tag: €8 million.

Two years ago, Balearia also repowered JAUME II, to improve its energy efficiency, reliability and service as part of the company’s fleet modernization process

Remotorised RAMON LLULL To Serve The Denia – Formentera Route As From Easter

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Balearia’s fast monohull ferry RAMON LLULL got new MTU 20V4000M73L engines, which will increase its speed by 30%.
That will allow her to connect Denia and Formentera in less than two hours.

Improvements have also been made to the interior, such as the creation of a premium lounge, the introduction of digital signage, a new entertainment platform, and internet access. In total, eight million euro has been invested.

HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA Heralds A New Era For Balearia

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HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA is Baleària’s first ferry powered by LNG. She recently started sailing between Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

The ferry arrived last Sunday night (27 January) at the port of Barcelona, ​​coming from the Visentini shipyard near Venice.

“HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA marks an important milestone both in the history of Baleària and the Mediterranean, being the first passenger ferry powered by natural gas that crosses these waters,” highlighted Baleria’s CEO Adolfo Utor. A second vessel will follow later this year.

The ship is at the forefront of digital technology:

  • digitization of all the signage.
  • access to the cabins without going through the reception, thanks to the QR code that customers will receive on their mobile.
  • the camera system installed in the pets zone (which will allow passengers see them at all times through their smartphone).
  • self-service totems in the cafeteria and self-service (from where passengers will place their orders, and they will be notified to pick them up through digital screens, avoiding queues).