STX France SA has signed a contract with the French owner Brittany Ferries for a LNG ferry. The new cruise-ferry will be Brittany Ferries largest yet, and one of the biggest such vessels in the world. It will also be the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly ship to operate in UK waters because LNG emits about 25% less CO2 during combustion than marine fuel oil and burns with no smoke. It is entirely free of sulfur and is very low in NOx emissions
Due for delivery at the end of 2016, this ship opens the way to a new generation of environmentally friendly ships.
The ship bearing the name code PEGASIS (Power Efficient GAS Innovative Ship) is one of the 34 projects of the New Industrial France and results from ECORIZON programme.
LNG feasibility study
Brittany Ferries and STX France have been co-operating for two years on a study regarding the feasibility of powering a cruise-ferry by LNG. The ship, costing some €270 million will be built by STX France in St. Nazaire and she will enter service in late spring 2017.
The project, which has received support from GICAN, French Maritime Cluster and Regional Council of Pays de la Loire, exceeds the new regulatory requirements in terms of exhaust gas emissions settled by MARPOL convention, which will come into force in January 2015.
This contract represents about 2.6 million working hours for STX France and its sub-contractors. Production is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2015. It will be enforced after settlement of the financing issues.
Edited from various press releases by Callum O'Reilly
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