Photo: Brittany Ferries
The Flensburger Shipyard will deliver the GT 42.4 thou., 187 m long and 31 m wide Honfleur, running on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), to its owners in April 2019.
The GBP 175 mln worth ferry will offer room for 1,680 passengers, as well as 2,600 lane metres of cargo capacity. Starting early June 2019, Brittany Ferries' newest vessel will start serving the company's Portsmouth-Caen route (which today carries around 1.0 mln passengers, 300 thou. of their cars, as well as 100 thou. cargo units annually) in tandem with Mont St Michel on three daily return sailings. Honfleur will replace on the link in question the Normandie, which will be redeployed across the Portsmouth-Le Havre crossing.
In order to secure Honfleur's LNG bunkering needs, Brittany Ferries has partnered with Total, a French multinational integrated oil & gas company. The ferry will be equipped with cranes for fixing 40-foot LNG containers, which will be brought on-board by trucks to Caen's Ouistreham. Next, the boxes will be hoisted into position alongside a fixed LNG storage tank (350 m3) located at the rear of the superstructure. Upon next port call, empty containers will be removed and replenished with full units.
"The significant investment we are making reflects our on-going commitment to developing the regions in which we operate, to linking people and to reducing the environmental impact of our ships. Despite the challenges of Brexit we remain confident in the future and our first new ship since the delivery of Armorique in 2009, with a budget of around BGP 175 mln, underlines this resolve," Jean-Marc Roué, Brittany Ferries' President, said.
Christophe Mathieu, Brittany Ferries' CEO, added, "It is important that we invest in new technologies and new vessels that respect the environment in which we operate. Equally, we must not forget that our customers expect Brittany Ferries ships to be comfortable, relaxing and adapted to the digital age. These objectives are compatible and I believe Honfleur will set a new standard for ferries operating on the Channel."