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Rolls-Royce to deliver LNG engine to Baleària ferry

LNG Industry,

Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) to develop and install a pure-gas Bergen engine onboard the Baleària-operated ferry, Abel Matutes.

The 29 670 t ROPAX ferry, delivered in 2010 from the Hijos de J Barreras shipyard in Vigo, Spain, will use an LNG-fuelled Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33 L6 AG auxiliary engine to generate 1560 kWe of clean power, reducing emissions during port stays in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

Maritime impact

GNF is a leader in the promotion of CNG/LNG as an automotive fuel in Spain and is currently considering the implementation of natural gas as a fuel for all types of ships, with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of maritime transport.

Adolfo Utor, Baleària Group President, commented: "This is a very important milestone that will enable us to be pioneers in the use of natural gas on ferries and, at the same time, be more sustainable. Besides reducing CO2 emissions by 40%, it also enables us to reduce fuel costs. Abel Matutes may well find herself deployed on a route in an Emissions Control Area (ECA) sometime in the future."

Spain as LNG player

John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce, President of Commercial Marine, added: "Spain has the potential to be a significant player in the LNG market. The agreement with Gas Natural Fenosa is a giant step forward in emissions reduction in advance of the entry into force of future emissions legislation."

Baleària and Rolls-Royce aim to carry out pre-installation work at the beginning of 2015, prior to the vessel's scheduled dry docking later in the year. The new engine will be fully integrated into the electricity plant on the vessel, allowing it to operate with any of the onboard auxiliaries. Testing and implementation work is expected to take place towards the end of 2016.

When the Abel Matutes ferry is in port, the gas engine will be connected to the distribution infrastructure onshore, or the LNG tank located onboard. The ferry will also use natural gas during approach and departure manoeuvres, in order to generate electricity.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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