Baleària invests 75 million euros in the purchase of three ships to reinforce its fleet
The shipping company owns twenty-four ships and charters one
Baleària recently invested nearly 75 million euros to purchase three ships to reinforce its fleet. The shipping company purchased the ferries 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.
The ferries Nápoles and Sicilia, which are twins, were chartered in 2015 by the company 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.
Moreover, it is worth highlighting the passenger services and features available as both theNápoles and the Sicilia are some of the most highly-rated ships by the company’s customers on its most recent satisfaction surveys conducted by the company Investrategia, scoring 8.3 out of 10.
As concerns the fast ferry acquired, which 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.
The Jonathan Swift, which was built by the Australian shipbuilder Austal –just like the Avemar Dos-, had been operating in the Irish Sea connecting Dublin and Holyhead until now.
The shipping company 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.