The dianense shipping company Baleària has incorporated the line between Ibiza and Formentera Eco Lux, the second eco fast ferry of the series of four that are intended to cover this route.
This new eco fast ferry It stands out for the latest generation engines, solar panels for on-board services and a polyester hull reinforced with fiberglass, which is more ecological since it does not require painting, eco-efficient innovations that are already producing results.
These catamarans, built in the Gondan Asturian shipyards, are characterized by a bow type wave-piercing, with lateral water evacuation tunnels that guarantee greater reliability and comfort in adverse sea conditions. They have 28 meters of length, capacity for 350 passengers and are prepared to sail at speeds up to 27 knots, which allow to complete the crossing in half an hour.
It is planned that before the summer start operating the other two ships that are missing, in Eco Terra and Eco Air; this will allow to give Baleària a qualitative leap in its services, combining in this route reliability, comfort and speed with regard to the environment.
Sustainable tourism project
The names of the new ships refer to the elements that, according to the classics, make up nature, and whose equilibrium depends on the sustainability of the planet. Baleària has framed these four ships in the Pangea project, an initiative of social responsibility in defense of sustainable tourism among the Pitiusas. Each of the vessels is linked to one of the values of Baleària and one of the Sustainable Development Goals (which the shipping company has taken as a roadmap to guide its activity), while the Eco Aqua is linked to the commitment to the environment and the ODS 13 (Climate Action), the Eco Lux refers to the commitment to employees and the ODS 8 (decent work and economic growth).
In this sense, it should be noted that in all the ships of the series the workers are residents in Ibiza and Formentera, which allows them to sleep in their homes, and also facilitates the reconciliation of family and work by changing the usual system of long periods of boarding and rest for a day or two of weekly rest, according to the season.
The architectural design of the ships has been carried out by Oliver Design, and in its construction improvements have been implemented for the accessibility and comfort of the passengers at the service of a better travel experience, such as a solarium exterior cover, free Wi-Fi connection, audiovisual programming or space for the transport of bicycles and mopeds (which in the case of being electric can be loaded free of charge on board). In addition, to minimize the energy footprint, biodegradable utensils and utensils are used in the boats, as well as biodegradable cleaning products.