Spanish shipping company Baleària has signed a contract with LaNaval shipyard to construct an eco-friendly smart ship.
The company plans to invest €175m to build the ship, which will be fuelled by both LNG and solar power.
The contract includes an option for an additional ship in future. The first vessel is expected to commence its operations with the Balearic lines in the Mediterranean.
Baleària chairman Adolfo Utor said: "We want to establish a before and after in maritime transport, incorporating the latest technology to make the trip a unique experience and to make passengers onboard think in the next voyage in this vessel.
"The ship also meets the needs of logistics operators, both in service and capacity, which will be key to the viability of the project."
The 232.2m-long ship with a beam of 30.4m is said to be the largest of its kind in Europe and the first passenger ferry to be LNG-fuelled.
Propelled by three dual fuel engines, the ship can reach speeds of up to 23k.
The ship’s design seeks to achieve fuel efficiency and will be installed with solar panels; hull designed to reduce the requirement of power; use of high efficiency propellers, number of shaft lines, types of rudders to curb fuel consumption; and LED technology for lighting among others.
This is expected to reduce the emission of CO2, NOx by 40% and avoid emissions of sulphur and other particular matters.
The smart ship will allow the passengers to access the onboard amenities by means of a smart phone and integrates all the on boarders by an intercom.
Equipped to ferry 1,600 passengers and 340 other vehicles, the ship offers an array of amenities which include two restaurants, four bars a playground, two multipurpose theatres, two pools and two hot tubs, gym, hairdresser and lounge, library, cinema.
Image: An artist’s impression of the LNG fuelled passenger ship. Photo: courtesy of Baleària Group.