Caterpillar aids Baleària LNG conversion

'Bahama Mama' The Balearia 'Bahama Mama' is one of three ferries which will be converted from diesel to LNG dual fuel. Credit: Caterpillar Marine

Spanish shipping company Baleària will convert three ferries from diesel to LNG dual fuel in a project which will see Caterpillar Marine supply equipment and its dealer Finanzauto perform the engine conversion using MaK DF engines.

By using MaK DF engines Baleària will virtually eliminate the sulfur and particulate matter in the exhaust gases, while also cutting down NOx, resulting in even lower CO2 emissions and eco-efficient operations.

Ettore Morace, general director of operations at Baleària, pointed out that the conversion project, scheduled to begin in early 2019, supports Baleària’s goal to reduce emissions significantly and provide clean transportation.

The Abel Matutes, Bahama Mama, and Martin i Soler ferries are currently equipped with two MaK 9 M 43 C main engines. After the conversion, the vessels will operate on two MaK 9 M 46 DF engines, with a rated engine output of 8685kW. The MaK engines are used in a control pitch propeller application with a gearbox. The conversion will allow the engines to be powered by gas.

Caterpillar will provide DF-Engine conversion kits and all the required engine modules including an ignition fuel oil module, engine ventilation modules, an exhaust gas ventilation module, GVU ventilation modules and gas valve units with housing.

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