The ports of Eivissa and Formentera today, Friday 8 October, hosted the annual meeting of the 10th Master's Degree in Port Management and Planning and Intermodality of Puertos del Estado.
Baleària's first fast ferry, the Eleanor Roosevelt, was presented to the public yesterday in the ports of Palma and Eivissa. Representatives of different stakeholders of the shipping company and of the nautical and port sector were able to visit the world's first fast ferry with dual fuel natural gas/diesel engines. This sustainable and innovative catamaran has been connecting Palma with Eivissa and Dénia since 1 May.
The president of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), Francesc Antich, who exchanged a metope with the captain of the new vessel, Pedro Puertas, in the port of Palma, said: "The energy transformation in our ports is a great challenge that the APB is facing, and it is aware that it cannot do it alone, as it needs the collaboration of all port operators. Baleària's initiative and its commitment to the environment fits in perfectly with our strategy of being a benchmark port in sustainability and technological innovation".
In turn, in the port of Eivissa, Ignacio Revilla, delegate of the ports of Eivissa and La Savina of the APB, was responsible for presenting the metope, commemorating the vessel's first call at the port. He also commented on the entry into service in the port of Eivissa, 8 months ago, of the first 100% electric catamaran in the world for the cleaning of port waters and implementation of lignin batteries to store energy generated by the photovoltaic panels of the car park of the future Botafoc Maritime Station, as well as other projects related to sustainability and commitment to the territory.
1,200 passengers and 450 cars on board
The shipping company has invested 90 million euros in this fast ferry with capacity for 1,200 passengers and 450 cars, which has cafeterias and a children's play area, a free digital entertainment platform, video surveillance of pets, Internet, among others. In addition, its high-tech innovations offer a comfortable crossing and spacious and bright spaces. The Eleanor Roosevelt is the seventh Baleària ship to use natural gas, which reduces toxic emissions, which are monitored by the measuring devices and sensors installed on board, within the framework of a project co-financed by the European Commission's CEF funds.
The Eleanor Roosevelt, a pioneer in world maritime transport, was built at the Armon shipyard in Gijón.