Spanish shipping company Baleària has announced plans to invest EUR 60m to convert five of its ferries to liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The company plans to improve the sustainability of its operations by reducing emissions of sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter and comply with the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur limit of 0.5 per cent by operating more of its vessels on LNG.
The ferries Naples, Abel Matutes, Sicily, Bahama Mama and Martin i Soler will be converted to LNG over the next two years. An estimated 45,000 tonnes of CO2 and 4,400 tonnes of NOx will be cut. SOx and particulate emissions will be completely removed.
Baleària is also studying two other LNG projects and is building two smart ships at the Visentini shipyard in Italy, the first of which will be operational as of next February.
The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, says that LNG is the fossil fuel most respectful of the environment and points out that “in three years the company plans to have nine ships sailing with this energy”.