Spanish ferry operator, Baleària, has begun operating its Eco Lux fast ferry on the Eivissa-Formentera route, which has been fitted with the latest generation diesel engines, solar panels, and a polyester hull that does not require additional paints or coatings.
The energy-efficient ferry emits less CO2 than Baleària’s Maverick class by around 35 per cent and incorporates noise reducing engines. To minimise the energy footprint, biodegradable utensils are used in the boats, as well as biodegradable cleaning products.
The catamaran, built in the Gondan Asturian shipyard, is characterised by a wave-piercing prow, with lateral water evacuation tunnels that guarantee greater reliability and comfort in adverse sea conditions.
The ferry is 28m long, has a capacity for 350 passengers, and can sail at 27 knots to complete the crossing in half an hour.
According to Baleària, its new vessels are part of its Pangea project, an initiative of social responsibility in defence of sustainable tourism among the Pitusas. Each one of the vessels is linked to one of the values of Baleària and one of the Sustainable Development. Eco Lux is linked to commitment of employees and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth).