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AUSTRALIAN DESIGN, SPANISH BUILD, FOR PIONEERING LNG-FUEL FAST FERRY

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 

The new design will be constructed by Spanish builder Astilleros Armon at its Gijon shipyard. Astilleros Armon and Incat Crowther say that they have together developed a high level of technical capability and capacity to deliver large aluminium catamarans. This offering has provided the customer the ability to build locally in Spain with confidence in the level of capability available to deliver this new class of vessel.

Balearia is innovative in introducing LNG powerplants to its fleet, establishing pioneering agreements with fuel and machinery suppliers. LNG fuel implies a reduction of CO2 emissions by 30%, NOx by 35% and the total elimination of sulphur and particles, which has an immediate effect on improving air quality and reducing greenhouse emissions.

Innovative passenger spaces, developed by Oliver Design of Spain, are divided into dedicated zones including multiple bars, a market and food court, kindergarten, outdoor terrace and kennels for passengers traveling with dogs.

At sea, Incat Crowther has further developed its hull form to reduce motions, together with an operation-specific centre bow design. A retractable centre T-foil will be used to smooth the ride, whilst an isolated superstructure reduces the transmission of noise and vibration to the passenger spaces.

The vessel has capacity for 500 cars and 1200 passengers. The main vehicle deck has a clearance of 4.85m, affording 500 lane metres of truck capacity.

The Incat Crowther 125 Dual-Fuel Ro-Pax is powered by a quartet of Wärtsilä 16V31DF main engines. Each of these engines produces 8800kW and drives a Wärtsilä LJX 1500 waterjet.

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