Baleària invests 75 million euros in the purchase of three ships to reinforce its fleet
Baleària recently invested nearly 75 million euros to purchase three ships to reinforce its fleet, Nápoles and Sicilia from the Swedish group Stena and the fast ferry Jonathan Swift from the company Irish Ferries. Following these two transactions, the Baleària now owns a total of 24 out of the 25 boats in its fleet.
Nápoles and Sicilia, which are twins, were chartered in 2015 by Baleària and are being used for the València-Eivissa-Palma and Barcelona-Eivissa routes, respectively. The two ferries -which measure 186 meters long- feature technical characteristics that offer operational versatility at the various ports and a passenger and cargo hold to meet the needs of the company’s lines. These ships–built in 2002– have the capacity for 950 passengers and 2,000 linear meters of cargo and can sail at a speed of 23 knots.
Jonathan Swift the fast ferry acquired, can reach a speed of 38 knots, it measures 86 meters long and has the capacity for 800 passengers and 200 vehicles. The inclusion of this ship will boost some of Baleària’s routes as they may be operated at higher speeds.
As for new constructions Baleària, which is in the middle of a fleet renewal process, is having two natural gas-propelled ferries built by the Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Visentini and has ordered four eco-fast ferries from the shipbuilders Gondan in Asturias, the first of which began operating last December.