Incat is pleased to announce the delivery of a 78 metre Wave Piercing Catamaran to Spanish operator Baleària, taking to nine the number of Incat vehicle-passenger ferries operating in Spanish waters.
Operating on the new year-round route from Barcelona to the Baleàric Island of Majorca the Jaume 1 (Incat Hull 033) links the Catalan port with Alcúdia in just three hours and with an arrival time of 11.00hrs allows visitors to spend a full day on Majorca before departing on the return journey to Barcelona at 20.00hrs.
The introduction of Jaume I further extends Baleària’s already extensive route network and also offers new possibilities to travel between Majorca and Menorca with an additional two hours crossing between Alcúdia and Mahón three days a week during July, and four days a week in August. In September the Mahón link will be reduced to two only weekly services.
Baleària’s latest addition has capacity for 600 passengers and 145 cars. Cars are stowed on two levels on the Jaume 1, the main vehicle deck accommodating 105 cars while on the upper mezzanine deck a further 40 cars can be stowed.
Since its formation in July 1998 Baleària has enjoyed enormous success on its network of routes to and from the Baleàric Islands. The quality, frequency, and competitiveness of the services has allowed the company to position itself as a market leader within the islands – both in terms of passenger volume and sales.
The Jaume 1 was built in 1994 as Stena Sea Lynx II, a vessel well known by virtue of its employment on high profile Stena Line routes on the Irish Sea, English Channel and Kattegat. Coincidentally, the conventional ferry maintaining Baleària’s direct route between Barcelona and Mahón, the Isla de Botafoc, shared the Holyhead — Dun Laoghaire route with Stena Sea Lynx II in 1994.
Prior to entering service with Baleària Jaume 1 completed a major refit and refurbishment programme in drydock at Cadiz. The refit was completed by twenty four members of Incat’s staff, becoming one of the largest teams ever to work for the company on a single overseas project.
Builder: Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd
Certification: DNV +1A1 HLC R1 Car Ferry AEO
Length Overall: 77.46 m
Length Waterline: 63.9 m
Beam Overall: 26.0 m
Draught (max): 3.47 m
Deadweight: 250 tonnes
Total Persons: 630
Vehicle Deck: 145 cars
Main Engines: 4 x Caterpillar 3206 diesels, each 4320kW @ 800 rpm
Water Jets: 4 x Lips LJ115-5
Alternators: 4 x Caterpillar 3206, each 145 kW