Spanish ferry LNG conversions get EU assistance

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche

11 October 2018


Around 20% of the €60Mn cost of converting five ferries owned by Spanish ferry operator Baleària to run on LNG will be covered by a grant from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility, the company revealed yesterday.

The project to convert the ferries named Nápoles, Sicilia, Abel Matutes, Bahama Mama and Martín i Soler was first announced at the end of July with a second announcement coming days later that MAN Energy Solutions’s MAN PrimeServ division had been awarded the contract for the first two conversions.

Work on converting the Nápoles and Sicilia, both currently powered by twin MAN 9L48/60 main engines is planned to begin in November this year and October 2019 respectively.

In addition to the five retrofits announced, the ship operator has two more LNG-fuelled ferries under construction at the Visentini shipyard in Italy and is considering two further conversions.