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Published on Thursday, July 22, 2021

Brittany Ferries adding new hybrid ships

Two new hybrid LNG-electric ships are coming to the Brittany Ferries fleet.

They are expected to arrive in 2024/2025 to serve routes linking Portsmouth with St Malo and Caen.

As well as cutting emissions, the hybrids will deliver less noise and vibration for passengers.

They will be powered by cleaner liquefied natural gas fuel but in a first on the English Channel, they will also operate partially or completely on battery power, when arriving and departing ports.

They will be able to plug in to shore-side power where available in ports to allow recharging of onboard batteries and power for systems like air conditioning, heating and lighting.

The ships will be chartered from Stena RoRo on a ten-year agreement, with a purchase option after four years.

They will replace the Normandie and Bretagne vessels

The move is all part of Brittany Ferries' fleet renewal plan, which is a focus of its five-year post-Covid recovery strategy.

The vessels will follow the deployment of Salamanca in 2022 and Santoña in 2023, both of which will be fuelled by LNG.

"Fleet renewal is not a choice for Brittany Ferries; it is an imperative to secure our future. 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," said Christophe Mathieu, CEO Brittany Ferries.

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