On June 20 2017, Brittany Ferries confirmed the construction of a new cruise ferry with a budget of around £175m to join its 10-ship fleet.
The ship, which will be named Honfleur, will operate between Ouistreham and Portsmouth and will be delivered in 2019. Honfleur will be built at the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany and will be powered by LNG.
Honfleur represents the next step in Brittany Ferries’ drive towards the future of sustainable transport. The move to LNG follows a €90 million investment in sulphur and particulate-reducing ‘scrubber’ technology. These exhaust emission systems have been retrospectively fitted to six Brittany Ferries ships over the last 18 months, in a project supported by around £5m in joint funding from the EU and its executive agency INEA – and the ADEME in France.
To address the issues of LNG infrastructure, specifically the lack of storage facilities in ports served by ships, Brittany Ferries has teamed up with Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS). TMFGS has partnered with two other French companies to implement a supply chain using 40 feet (ISO standard) LNG containers for LNG bunkering. The agreement with Dunkerque LNG covers the construction of an automated truck loading dock where the containers will be filled with LNG. The agreement with Groupe Charles André (CGA) covers the supply and transportation of ISO containers. Transported by truck from the Dunkerque LNG terminal to the port of Ouistreham, the containers will be lifted aboard the cruise ferry using onboard cranes, to supply a fixed LNG storage tank at the rear of the superstructure. Once empty, the containers will be offloaded at the next call at Ouistreham and replaced by full containers;
Edited from Brittany Ferries and TMFGS press releases.