Balearia presented its innovative ?natural gas? smart ship Hypatia de Alejandria in Motril?. ?The ship will cover the public interest line with the Autonomous City of Melilla, which has been tendered for the first time, operating three weekly rotations. The shipping company has shown the services and benefits of the ship, one of the most modern and sustainable in its fleet, to representatives of public institutions in the area.
The event was attended by the general secretary of Balearia, Jose Manuel Orengo and the president of the Port Authority of Motril Jose Garcia Fuentes, who exchanged metopes with the captain of the ship Pedro Puertas on the occasion of the first stop of the? Hypatia de Alejandria? in the port of Granada. Also present were Jose Antonio Montilla, Secretary of State for Relations with the Courts, Antonio Granados, Government Delegate of the Junta de Andalucia, Jose Entrena, president of the Granada Provincial Council, and Luisa Garcia, mayor of Motril.
Jose Manuel Orengo has highlighted: “We are committed to Motril as the connection port with Melilla with one of the most innovative and sustainable ships in our fleet. We are excited to start the route from this port, also as a line of public interest ”. The representative of the shipping company has indicated that the Hypatia de Alejandria "is a smart ship, with the best comfort standards, that sails powered by natural gas and reduces emissions, and that it reaches a speed of about 24 knots, with which the The journey will be four and a half hours ”, and has also concluded that“ all facilities have been provided so that the operation is comfortable for customers ”.?
For his part, the president of the Motril Port Authority, highlighted: “After many years of struggle, a situation is finally restored that equates us on an equal footing with the rest of the ports with a regular line with the autonomous city, Malaga and Almería ”. And he took advantage of his intervention to thank Baleària for its commitment to this line and "for making its best boat available to it, which has the perfect fit in the philosophy that presides over this port." Likewise, he assured that Motril and Granada "have a lot to offer to the people of Melilla, as well as Melilla to us."
It should be remembered that Balearia already operated between Motril and Melilla with a? fast ferry? in the summer of 2016, and now it does so as the winner of the public interest line. Thus, it will carry out three rotations a week between the two ports, in addition to the connections between the Autonomous City and Malaga and Almeria.??
The service offered by the shipping company with this boat is based on sustainability, comfort and speed. And it is that, the? Hypatia de Alejandria , was the first of the Balearia fleet to sail on natural gas, a fuel that reduces CO2 emissions by 30%, and NOx emissions by 80%, and has a tip of speed of 24 knots, something that allows to optimize the times of the crossing.??
On the other hand, to guarantee comfort, the? ferry ?has different lounges for seating (tourist or superior), in addition to about 120 cabins. During the trips, it offers free Wi-Fi, entertainment for the little ones, quiet spaces, a cafeteria with 24-hour service and pet-friendly cabins? , which allow access for passengers with pets.?
In turn, thanks to smart ship technology? , the ship has a face-to-face digital entertainment platform that can be accessed from the mobile phone or from the? smart TVs ?in the cabins. On the other hand, it also has coverage to be able to send WhatsApp text during the journey.?