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Monday, July 8, 2019 

While announcing the names for its next two ships, cross-Channel shipping company Brittany Ferries says that its fleet renewal programme will allow CO2 emissions per passenger carried to be reduced by some 46%.

The ship arriving in November 2019 on a one-year charter to cover the Cork to Santander route until November 2020 will be named Kerry, while the third E-Flexer vessel on charter from Stena will be named Santoña (pronounced Santonia in English). Santoña is part of the company’s €550 million fleet renewal programme, with a clear focus on sustainable development. Santoña will arrive in 2023 and like sister ship Salamanca, she will be powered by LNG.

This will be the third LNG powered vessel to join the Brittany Ferries fleet. The more efficient fuel will allow significant improvements in air quality, with no sulphur, negligible particulates and 95% less NOx as well as an up to 28% reduction in GHG emissions, according to a recent SEALNG report.

“Brittany Ferries is committed to LNG as the most environmentally-friendly fuelling solution currently available for shipping,” said Frédéric Pouget, Brittany Ferries director of fleet and port operations. “Despite the significant investment made in scrubber technology for our ships, we know that the best way to respect the environments in which we operate, and to exceed emission reduction targets, is to commit to LNG. This is what we have done with an investment worth half a billion euros.”

The company’s first LNG ship, Honfleur, is under construction at FSG in Germany, and now scheduled to be operational next year, on the company’s busiest route, Portsmouth-Caen. Salamanca will arrive in 2022 to carry passengers and freight on long haul routes between the UK and Spain. Santoña will join the fleet in 2023.

The LNG-fuelled E-Flexers will replace the less efficient and smaller capacity vessels Cap Finistère and Baie de Seine on the UK-Spain routes. By running four UK-Spain round trips each week, instead of five, there will be a significant saving in fuel consumption and emissions, while still promising a 10% improvement in passenger capacity and 28% increase in freight space. These savings will realise an estimated saving of around 46% CO2 per passenger compared with the current vessels. The E-Flexer ships will each be 215m long with 3,000 lane metres and capacity for around 1,000 passengers.

Brittany Ferries has developed an innovative solution to re-fuel its first LNG vessel, Honfleur. In partnership with Total, containerised LNG will be trucked on board, then lifted into position by on-board cranes where they will replenish Honfleur’s fixed, on-board LNG storage tank. The process will be reversed when mobile tanks are empty. The additional costs of Honfleur’s LNG systems and equipment have been partially offset by support from the French Government.

For Spanish operations, Brittany Ferries has signed a letter of intent with Spanish energy company Repsol for the delivery of LNG. Under the agreement between the two companies, Repsol will install quayside LNG storage facility at ports in northern Spain. Confirmation is expected later this month. This will then be used to fuel both E-Flexer ships during their calls.

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