The world’s first very large catamaran dual-fuel ro-pax ferry has entered service.

The 123m Eleanor Roosevelt was built in Europe by a partnership including Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon, designer Incat Crowther and vessel operator Baleària. It can run on LNG, and has capacity for 450 cars and 1200 passengers.

Astilleros Armon constructed the aluminium ship at its Gijon shipyard in Spain using modern, modular construction techniques. The partners aimed to demonstrate a high level of technical capability, capacity and build quality.

Wartsila propulsion

The ferry is powered by four Wartsila 16V31DF engines. Each of these engines produces 8800kW and drives a Wartsila LJX 1500 waterjet.

Baleària has been innovative in introducing LNG powerplants to its fleet, pioneering agreements with fuel and machinery suppliers. The use of LNG fuel combined with Incat Crowther's latest-generation hull form offers relatively low fuel consumption for a vessel of this size.

Motion has been reduced with the latest iteration of Incat Crowther’s proven hull form, coupled with an operation-specific centre bow design. A retractable centre T-foil will also be used to smooth the ride, whilst an isolated superstructure provides ultra-quiet passenger spaces.