"Normandie" without her gas filters

"Normandie" fitted with scrubbers in December 2014

"Cap Finistère" back on the route to Spain on March 2015

"Barlfeur" on the Poole-Cherbourg route on 15th May, 2015

"Mont St Michel" with her scrubbers on mid-December 2015

"Armorique" after refitting on March 2016

"Pont-Aven" on March 2016

Ecological transition

2015, year of energy transition

On 1st January 2015, the MARPOL VI directive came into force, with the aim of reducing sulphur emissions from all ships sailing in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and English Channel. In order to conform with this legislation Brittany Ferries put in place an ecological transition programme named ‘Iroise’.
The plan was implemented over an 18 month period during which six Brittany Ferries ships were modified at a cost of €80 million.

The MARPOL convention and annexe VI

In September 2008, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted a revisions to Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Under the new rules, the cap on sulphur content of marine fuels used by ships sailing in special emissions control areas (principally the Baltic, North Sea and English Channel) was reduced from 1% to 0.1% as from 1st January 2015. Shipping operators had several options available to allow them to adapt to this change:
ships, port infrastructure, and the supply chain.

  • The use of marine gas oil (MGO), the only available fuel which complies with the 0.1% cap.
  • The installation of gas filtration systems within the ship’s funnel (scrubbers) in order to reduce sulphur oxide emissions in exhaust gases.
  • The use of Liquefied natural gas (LNG), which requires a high level of investment in ships, port infrastructure, and the supply chain.

Brittany Ferries’ Project Iroise

The objective of this plan is to bring all Brittany Ferries ships into conformity with the revised MARPOL VI rules, using scrubbers as the chosen solution. The retrofitting of scrubbers allows existing ships to continue to operate using heavy fuel oil. The gas filtration system reduces the amount of sulphur oxides present in exhaust gases to within the permitted level thanks to a chemical reaction as the gases pass through the scrubber. The plan took place in two phases over a period of 18 months. During winter 2014/15, Normandie, Cap Finistère and Barfleur were equipped with scrubbers. Then during winter 2015/16 it was the turn of Mont St Michel, Armorique and Pont-Aven to be fitted with the gas filters. As of 1st January 2015, each Brittany Ferries vessel not yet fitted with scrubbers is operating on marine gas oil.


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