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Brittany Ferries confirms new LNG-powered ferry

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Brittany Ferries has announced that it is adding a new LNG-powered ferry to its 10-ship fleet.

The vessel, named Honfleur, will be constructed at the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany over the next two years. It is scheduled to take to the seas in June 2019. The 187.4 m long vessel will be capable of carrying up to 1680 passengers, featuring 257 cabins, two cinemas, restaurants, boutique shipping and expansive passengers lounges. It will operate alongside the company’s Mont St Michel on three daily return sailings. Honfleur will replace the Normandie cruise ferry, which will move east to serve the Portsmouth – Le Havre route.

The President of Brittany Ferries, Jean-Marc Roué, said: “The significant investment we are making reflects our on-going commitment to developing the regions in which we operate, to linking people and to reducing the environmental impact of our ships. Despite the challenges of Brexit we remain confident in the future and our first new ship since the delivery of Armorique in 2009, with a budget of around £175 million, underlines this resolve.”

The company claims that this new vessel represents the next step in its drive towards sustainable transport. The adoption of LNG follows a €90 million investment in sulfur and particulate-reducing ‘scrubber’ technology. These exhaust emission systems have been retrospectively fitted to six of the company’s ships over the last 18 months, in a project supported by approximately €5 million in joint funding from the EU and its executive agency INEA – and the ADEME in France.

Honfleur will be the world’s first passenger vessel to feature on board cranes that enable 40 ft ISO standard LNG containers to be lifted into a fixed position. These containers will transported via truck from an LNG terminal to Ouistreham, and then driven on board. Then, they will be hoisted into position alongside a fixed LNG storage tank located at the rear of the superstructure. After reaching the next call at port, the empty containers will be removed and replaced will full units.

Powered with LNG, the new vessel’s four main engines will feed electric generators and two electric shaft propulsion motors with two fixed pitch efficient propellers.

The CEO of Brittany Ferries, Christophe Mathieu, said: “It is important that we invest in new technologies and new vessels that respect the environment in which we operate. Equally, we must not forget that our customers expect Brittany Ferries ships to be comfortable, relaxing and adapted to the digital age. These objectives are compatible and I believe Honfleur will set a new standard for ferries operating on the Channel.”

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