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Brittany Ferries announces charter of new LNG-powered cruise ferry

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Brittany Ferries has released a statement announcing the charter of a third brand new LNG-powered cruise ferry to serve its long-haul routes.

The yet-to-be-named vessel will be powered by LNG, and will be constructed at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China. It is scheduled to join Brittany Ferries’ network in 2023.

It will be chartered from Stena RoRo and will be built to the Swedish shipowner’s E-Flexer design. According to the statement, its arrival will bring the number of E-Flexer vessels in the company’s fleet to three, following the arrival of Galicia in 2021 and Salamanca in 2022. The company is also building another new ship – Honfleur – at the FSG shipyard in Flensburg, Germany, which will be delivered late this year.

In the statement, Brittany Ferries claims that the charter agreement includes an option to purchase, and represents the next step in a fleet renewal and investment programme worth approximately €550 million. It will offer increased capacity and comfort for customers, as well as employment of French seafarers.

Christophe Mathieu, the CEO of Brittany Ferries, said: “We’re delighted to be adding another E-Flexer class cruise-ferry to our fleet. These are environmentally-friendly, capacious and comfortable ships which perfectly suit to our long-haul services.

“The charter will continue our fleet renewal plans, marking the fourth brand new ship in five years. It signals our confidence in the demand for ferry travel post-Brexit and will help us meet the needs of our passenger and freight customers in the decades to come. It also clearly demonstrates our commitment to LNG as a fuel and, our ambition to operate one of the most modern, green and comfortable ferry fleets in the world.”

Each E-Flexer class vessel will weight 42 200 t, and will be among the largest in the company’s fleet. Each ship will be 215 m long with 3000 garage lane metres for freight vehicles, and capacity for approximately 1000 passengers in 340 en suite cabins.

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