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FIRST LNG-POWERED FERRY FOR UK ROUTES TAKES TO THE WATER

FIRST LNG-POWERED FERRY FOR UK ROUTES TAKES TO THE WATER

Monday, January 11, 2021 

The next ship to join Brittany Ferries fleet, 'Salamanca', which will be powered by LNG. took to the water for the first time at a launch ceremony at the CMJL shipyard in Weihai, China.

Salamanca is the second of three E-Flexer class ships ordered by Brittany Ferries and will join sister-ship Galicia, when she enters service in the spring of 2022. Brittany Ferries’ decided to  invest in new ships well before the current pandemic. The company believes its trio of cleaner, more efficient and comfortable vessels will help secure its future ensuring the continuity of passenger and freight services.

“In spite of Brexit and Covid which have cost our company several hundred million euros already, I am resolved to remain on our path towards eco-responsibility and energy transition,” said Jean-Marc Roué, president Brittany Ferries. “It is a formal commitment I’ve made: we will continue, despite these crises, to reduce our carbon footprint, to keep on improving our fleet and to contribute to the development of the regions we serve. Salamanca is a good illustration of this. By renewing our fleet today, we are ensuring a return to growth tomorrow and Brittany Ferries and our partners remain confident in the future.”

Galicia entered service in December 2020. Salamanca will join her in 2022 with Santoña following in 2023. Both Salamanca and Santoña will be powered by LNG and will serve the company’s long-distance routes connecting the UK with Spain. Each E-Flexer vessel promises a significant reduction in air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. They are also smoother, quieter and benefit from less vibration.

The facilities for storing LNG will be supplied by Repsol in Spain. Under the terms of the agreement, the fuel company will build two quayside LNG bunkering terminals in the ports of Santander and Bilbao, including a 1,000 m3 storage tank to ensure uninterrupted supply.

“Passengers expect more comfortable, cleaner, greener vessels and society rightly demands sustainability as standard. Shipping companies that fail to improve are therefore destined to fail,” said Christophe Mathieu, CEO Brittany Ferries. “It’s why these E-Flexer ships are so important as we look to emerge from the current crisis. Galicia, Salamanca and Santoña, are clear evidence that we are determined to sail towards a sustainable and a successful future.”

Particular attention has been given to fuel-efficient propulsion plants and long, slender hull and bow design. Friction-reducing silicon paint further reduces fuel consumption while propeller and rudder design brings improved manoeuvrability.

Salamanca is equipped with two Wartsila 12V46DF engines generating 13,740 kW each. Thanks to energy recovery, electricity production on board comes with low CO2 emissions. Alternators installed on shaft lines produce energy even at very low speeds, which means the ship’s electrical generators are only needed when the ship is alongside.

Like her sister, Salamanca will weigh-in at over 42,000 gross tonnes. That means she will be one of the largest ships to serve the company, and at 215m she will be joint-longest. She will carry 1,015 passengers, with over 2.7km of lane-space to house passenger and freight vehicles. She will be French-flagged and crewed by French seafarers.

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