The shipping company Brittany Ferries, headquartered in Roscoff, announced on Tuesday July 20, 2021 the charter of two new hybrid vessels powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas) and equipped with electric batteries.
Scheduled to join the company’s fleet in 2024 and 2025, these two new units will operate on the Saint-Malo – Portsmouth and Caen – Ouistreham-Portsmouth lines.
Replacements for Brittany and Normandy
Chartered to the shipowner Stena RoRo for a period of 10 years, with an option to purchase at 4 years, these two new vessels will replace the Bretagne, which entered the fleet 32 years ago and is now assigned to the Saint- Malo – Portsmouth, and the Normandie, which has provided the Caen-Portsmouth link since its arrival 30 years ago.
These two units will join two other new LNG-powered ships, the Salamanca and the Santoña, scheduled to arrive in 2022 and 2023 respectively to operate on the lines connecting the United Kingdom to Spain.
Strong reduction in CO2 emissions
While LNG is currently the best environmental transition solution for maritime transport, Brittany Ferries has chosen to go further in reducing emissions by introducing the hybrid concept with electricity.
The introduction of the optimized hybrid system will ultimately achieve a total reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions between 10 and 20%.
With the regions of Brittany and Normandy
The investment is not made directly by Brittany Ferries. Concretely, three companies pay for the new boats: Brittany Ferries, but also semi-public companies formed with the Brittany region and the Normandy region. Once the boats are delivered, they will be leased for four years and then purchased.
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