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Brittany Ferries prepares way for new liquid natural gas (LNG) powered ship

Brittany Ferries has today signed a letter of intent with the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany to construct a new ship powered by LNG.

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.

More than four in five people travelling on the French company’s ships are British and more than 2.4 million passengers were carried in 2016. 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.

The new ship is expected to launch in 2019 on the Portsmouth­-Caen route, which carries around 70 percent of the company’s passengers and offers three daily return sailings. It will operate in tandem with popular cruise ferry, Mont St Michel, which was launched in 2002.

Today’s announcement re-states Brittany Ferries’ commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its operations by embracing new technologies. It follows the completion of a £65 million investment in emission-reducing ‘scrubber’ systems which have been retrospectively fitted to six cruise ferries in the company’s ten-ship fleet.




Notes to editors


Technical details for the new ship:

Length                        185 metres

Breadth                      31 metres

Draught                      6.5 metres

Tonnage                     42,000 gross tonnes

Passengers                 1,680

Passenger cabins       257

Passenger areas        5,200 m2

Vehicle capacity         2,600 lane metres (130 freight trailers, or 550 cars and 64 freight trailers)

About Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries is a passenger car and freight service operating from eleven ports, linking four countries: UK – France, UK – Spain and Ireland – France. The company was set up by a collective of French farmers as a freight-only operator, running from Roscoff in Brittany to Plymouth with the first crossing taking place on 1 January 1973, the date the United Kingdom joined the EEC (forerunner to the EU).


The aim then was to bring French agricultural products to a wider British market. However, the service quickly developed into an operation carrying hundreds of thousands of British tourists, eager to experience the delights of Brittany and Normandy. Today Brittany Ferries is the market leader on the Western Channel for passengers and for freight. It is also a leading supplier of ferry-inclusive motoring holidays to France and Spain. Further information can be found by visiting: www.brittanyferries.com.


For further information please contact:

Nigel Wonnacott or Christopher Jones

Brittany Ferries Press Office

Tel: 023 9289 2256 | Email: [email protected]