The vessels, which will operate on routes connecting Portsmouth with St Malo and Caen, will be chartered from Stena RoRo and are replacements for the two oldest vessels in Brittany Ferries’ fleet.
When at sea, the new ferries will operate on LNG but they will also be able to run on battery power, either partially or completely, when undertaking manoeuvres such as arriving and departing ports.
The vessels, which are scheduled to enter service in 2024/2025, will also be able to plug into shore power when at berth.
The next ships to join the Brittany Ferries fleet will be the LNG-fuelled vessels Salamanca and Santoña which will be chartered from Stena RoRo. Arriving in 2022 and 2023 respectively, these will serve UK-Spain routes
‘Fleet renewal is not a choice for Brittany Ferries; it is an imperative to secure our future,’ said Christophe Mathieu, CEO Brittany Ferries. Our customers rightly demand cleaner, greener vessels and our port partners expect us to be good neighbours. Furthermore, we will certainly face tighter regulation in the years ahead. The future of our company depends upon our ability to rise to the challenge today, to prepare for tomorrow. That is why I am so proud to announce these new vessels.’
He continued: ‘They bring with them a host of innovations just as Bretagne and Normandie did when they were launched. Both vessels have served us well and we are grateful for the support of the regions that bear their name. They are much loved by freight drivers, passengers and crew, but now is the time for us to look to the future and to plan for a brighter future, even as we battle the crisis we face today.’