Baleària to introduce fast ferry powered by dual-fuel LNG engines

Baleària to introduce fast ferry powered by dual-fuel LNG engines
Astilleros Armon is constructing the Incat Crowther 125 design at its Gijon shipyard (Image: Incat Crowther)

Incat Crowther has designed the world’s first fast ro-pax ferry with dual-fuel LNG engines for Mediterranean shipping company Baleària.

The Incat Crowther 125 ferry will be the first to use four dual-fuel reciprocating engines that each provide 8,800 kilowatts of power from Wärtsilä. By using LNG fuel, Baleària will be able to reduce its carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, and eliminate sulphur oxide and particulate matter emissions.

The hull shape, coupled with an operation-specific centre bow design will reduce onboard motion, while a retractable centre T-foil will reduce the transmission of noise and vibrations to the passenger spaces.

Passenger spaces will be designed by Spanish naval architecture firm Oliver Design and will be divided into dedicated zones with facilities such as bars, a food court, a kindergarten and an outdoor terrace. There will also be kennels for passengers travelling with dogs.

The vessel will also have capacity for 1,200 passengers and 500 cars. The main vehicle deck has a clearance of 4.85 metres, affording 500 lane metres for trucks.

The vessel will be constructed by Spanish shipbuilding company Astilleros Armon at its Gijon shipyard and completed in 2020.

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys
01 November 2018