GONDAN BUILDING FOUR ECO FAST FERRIES
The GRP Division of the Spanish Gondan shipyard has built four Eco Fast ferries with a capacity for 350 passengers for Baleària shipping company with the first of them launched in early November 2017.
The 28m-long vessels have been designed focusing on eco-efficiency, comfort and speed during navigation. The first one will be delivered to the shipping company at the end of the year. These vessels, with a maximum speed of 28 knots, have been designed to ensure comfort, speed and reliability during navigation. Of particular note is 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 Gondan says ‘supply the necessary energy for onboard services’.
The ferries are powered by two 1450hp 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.
Gondan is headquartered in the Asturian Castropol district, in northern Spain on the Cantabric Sea. the company has facilities in Figueras, Barres and Vegadeo. It claims to be recognised by its ability to build any type of boat, without technological limits, but having the flexibility to incorporate improvements during the construction process to meet the needs of the shipowner and meeting the most strict quality standards.
By Jake Frith