GONDAN is building four GRP Eco Fast ferries with a capacity for 350 passengers for Baleària shipping company. The 28m-long vessels have been designed focusing on eco-efficiency, comfort and speed during navigation. Friday morning (Nov 3), the first one was launched at the facilities of the shipyard’s GRP Division and it is scheduled that this unit will be delivered to the shipping company at the end of the year.
These vessels, which can sail at a maximum speed of 28 knots, have been designed to ensure comfort, speed and reliability during navigation. In this regard, it is worth highlighting the innovative design of the wave-piercing bow, which displaces water towards the side tunnels in order to maintain speed and reduce wave slamming. It is also worth mentioning the incorporation of photovoltaic solar panels, which supply the necessary energy for onboard services.
The ferries will have two cutting-edge technology 1450 hp diesel engines, which minimize emissions of polluting gases. As for the capacity of passage, they will have 350 seats (270 seats indoor and 80 more outdoor in the upper deck).
These catamarans, which will be finished between the end of this year and the middle of 2018, are designed to be able to operate in the different short distance trips that the shipping company makes in the Balearic Islands.