Flensburger Schiffbau, part of Norwegian Siem Industries Inc., is the likely ship builder of a new high-tech liquefied natural gas (LNG) -powered cruise ferry for French shipping company Brittany Ferries following the signing of a Letter of Intent. The project supports Brittany Ferries’ commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its operations by embracing new technologies.
The ferry operator says it will be one of the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly ships to operate in UK waters because LNG emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than marine fuel oil and burns with no smoke. In addition it is free of sulphur and is very low in nitrogen oxide emissions.
Christophe Mathieu, CEO, Brittany Ferries said: “The signing of this letter of intent with the Flensburger shipyard is a concrete step towards the construction of a new generation of Brittany Ferries ships. Despite Brexit, we remain confident in our ability to continue to grow and modernise our route network, serving both tourism and trade in the regions of western Europe.”
A final contract for the 1,680 passenger and 257 cabin vessel is expected to be signed in spring 2017, following which construction will start.
All being well, the new ship will launch in 2019 on the Portsmouth-Caen route which offers three daily return sailings. It will operate in tandem with popular cruise ferry, Mont St Michel, launched in 2002. Brittany Ferries operates passenger car and freight services from eleven ports, linking four countries: UK – France, UK – Spain and Ireland – France.
Technical details for the new ship:
Length 185 metres
Breadth 31 metres
Draught 6.5 metres
Tonnage 42,000 gross tonnes
Passenger cabins 257
Passenger areas 5,200 m2
Vehicle capacity 2,600 lane metres (130 freight trailers, or 550 cars and 64 freight trailers)
(Source: Brittany Ferries)