Baleària has launched the Marie Curie from the Cantiere Navale Visentini shipyard in Italy. It is the company’s second LNG-fuelled ferry.
The Marie Curie’s twin, the Hypatia de Alejandría, is also nearly complete and about to perform its sea tests. The two vessels are the first ferries propelled by LNG to sail in the Mediterranean.
As it stands the plan is that the Hypatia of Alexandria will start operating at the beginning of next year (2019) and the Marie Curie will follow a few months later.
In the case of the recently launched Marie Curie, practically all of its structure has been completed and work is being done on the completion of the passenger and crew areas. At present, construction has exceeded the 50% mark. Both engines, LNG tanks and main equipment are already on board.
The Hypatia de Alejandría is almost finished. Currently the ferry is in a dry dock where antifouling silicone is being applied to its hull. It is expected that the ship will carry out navigation tests in the coming weeks with both LNG and fuel.
The total investment in the construction of these two pioneering smart ships for use in the Mediterranean has reached €200 million. They are two sustainable vessels with identical characteristics: 186.5 m in length, maximum speed of 24 knots and capacity for 810 people, 2180 linear metres of cargo and 150 vehicles.
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