##The world’s first fast ferry with dual gas engines will make its first departure to the Balearic Islands at 17:00h from Dénia on May 1.
The most innovative and sustainable fast ferry in the Mediterranean, Baleària’s Eleanor Roosevelt, will make its first trip to the Balearic Islands today. The new catamaran is scheduled to leave the port of Dénia this afternoon at 5 p.m. bound for Ibiza, where it will arrive at 7 p.m. to set sail an hour later for Palma, where it will dock at 10 p.m. More than 400 passengers and 125 vehicles will be the first to enjoy the comforts and technological innovations offered by the world’s first fast ferry with dual natural gas engines.
The Eleanor Roosevelt arrived in Dénia on Thursday from the Armon shipyard in Gijón, where it was built. It is a pioneering high-speed vessel in international maritime transport, with innovation, sustainability, comfort and speed as its main axes. The incorporation of the catamaran, with a capacity for 1,200 people and 450 cars, allows Baleària to increase by 60% the offer of high-speed passenger seats on this route and to double the number of vehicles.
Passengers who are sailing the ship for the first time today will be able to enjoy services such as various cafeterias, a food truck on the outside deck and a children’s area, as well as a free digital entertainment platform, video surveillance of pets, Internet and WhatsApp coverage for text messages throughout the crossing. In addition, passengers will receive their boarding pass via WhatsApp, indicating their assigned seat. Moreover, the new catamaran features high-tech innovations that significantly reduce movement, vibration and noise, and the interior spaces are spacious and bright for a comfortable crossing.
The Eleanor Roosevelt is the seventh Baleària vessel to use this fuel, which reduces polluting emissions and which last year enabled the shipping company to stop emitting 37,000 tonnes of CO2. It is calculated that annually the Eleanor Roosevelt will reduce carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to eliminating more than 8,900 conventional cars or planting almost 27,000 trees. Actual fuel consumption and engine efficiency will be monitored by measuring equipment and sensors installed on board, as part of a project co-financed by the European Commission’s CEF funds.
Report by 24/7 Valencia
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