Brittany Ferries order giant £225 million LNG-fuelled ferry

  • UK’s most eco-friendly ferry to enter service in 2017

Brittany Ferries has announced that its next cruise-ferry will not only be its largest ever but the most environmentally-friendly ship to operate in UK waters.

The LNG-powered cruiser will emit 25 percent less carbon dioxide than marine fuel and produce no smoke. It will also be entirely free of sulphur and very low in nitrogen oxide emissions.

Costing £225 million, the new ferry will be built in St. Nazaire by STX France, who has been cooperating with Brittany Ferries for two years on a feasibility study into the project. The ferry is scheduled to enter service in late spring 2017.

“This represents a huge investment which will benefit not simply our customers but the environment as well,” said Brittany Ferries Group commercial director, Mike Bevens.

“Unlike other forms of transport, such as aircraft or trains, every one of our ships is different, each possessing its own unique character.”

The LNG-fuelled ferry will replace the ferry operator’s flagship Pont-Aven, which will enter service on its Portsmouth-St Malo route. Operating on the longer routes between the UK and Spain, the new ferry will have many of Pont-Aven’s features, according to Brittany Ferries.

“No other ferry in the UK will come close to offering this new ship’s range of facilities and its launch will mark the beginning of a new era in ferry travel,” added Bevens.

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