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Friday, December 31, 2021 

Brittany Ferries’ newest and greenest-yet ship, 'Salamanca', is preparing to transit the Suez Canal as it sails on a delivery voyage from the Weihai shipyard in China to its home port of Bilbao, Spain.

The canal transit is a major milestone on the 10,322-naut mile delivery trip, which represents more than 20 times distance between the ship's normal route  from Portsmouth to Bilbao.

The 7,529 naut miles covered so far crossed the Yellow Sea, East China Sea, South China Sea and Indian Ocean. The journey included stops at Singapore and Columbo (Sri Lanka) to embark fuel, fresh water and provisions, as well as additional Brittany Ferries crew members who are taking advantage of the delivery voyage to familiarise themselves with the vessel and to carry out training. While anchored off Singapore, Salamanca was refuelled with LNG for the first time since delivery. This is the first Brittany Ferries vessel to be powered by LNG, which emits virtually no SOx, NOx or particulate emissions, following combustion. In addition, because LNG burns more efficiently than diesel, there is a reduction in CO2 output of around 25%.

Brittany Ferries has worked with fuel supplier Repsol to build dedicated LNG bunkering terminals in the ports of Bilbao and Santander for Salamanca, and her sistership Santoña arriving 2023.

After transiting the Suez Canal, Salamanca will sail west across the Mediterranean, making further stops in Valetta (Malta) and Cartagena (Spain) to embark more LNG, supplies and crew members. After transiting the Strait of Gibraltar the ship will head out into the Atlantic Ocean and Bay of Biscay. Following drydocking and crew training, the ship will enter service in March 2022, carrying passengers and freight on routes from Bilbao to Portsmouth and Cherbourg,

Christophe Mathieu, CEO Brittany Ferries said: “She’s big and beautiful, promising yet more comfort, style and space for our passengers and freight customers sailing across the Channel and Bay of Biscay. But above all Salamanca will be our first ship to be fuelled by cleaner, greener Liquefied Natural Gas. Indeed she’ll be one of the very first LNG-powered ferries to sail French, British or Spanish waters. And in 2023, 2024 and 2025 she will be joined by three more LNG-powered sister ships. It’s a green milestone for Brittany Ferries as we continue on our journey to reduce our environmental footprint and lead the industry in sustainable maritime transport.”

Salamanca is 215m long, and travels at 23-knots. The ship has 2,700 lane metres of vehicle capacity and can carry 1,015 passengers in 341 cabins.

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