Ecological transition

Fleet renewal

Brittany Ferries deeply respect the seas it sails, and is committed to an environmentally responsible future. As part of the company’s fleet renewal plan, three new environmentally-friendly ships combining comfort, technology and safety will join the fleet by 2023.

Built at the CMJL shipyard in Weihai, China, these three ‘E-Flexer’ class ships will be chartered from the Stena Group.

The Galicia

Galicia will be the first ship in the Brittany Ferries fleet to be decorated entirely in Spanish style, lending it a unique passenger experience.

Environment-smart thinking was at the heart of its design. The search for optimal energy efficiency, particularly by way of the design of the hull and bow, will enable the vessel to have a much smaller carbon footprint than other vessels of a similar size.
This ferry will operate two weekly round trips between Portsmouth in the UK and Santander in Northern Spain, and one round trip per week between Cherbourg in France and Portsmouth.Timetables have been planned for maximum comfort and convenience for customers, with handy departure and arrival times with plenty of relaxing time aboard to soak up all the sights and richness of travel by sea.

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The Salamanca and Santoña

Salamanca and Santoña are due in 2022 and 2023 respectively. They will be among the first ferries of this type to be fuelled with liquefied natural gas (LNG), which will offer significant environmental advantages over traditional marine fuels, with more efficient, sulphur-free, virtually particle-free combustion and a 95% reduction in nitrogen dioxide.

With a length of 215 metres, offering 3,000 lane metres for freight vehicles, these three new 42,200-tonne vessels will be the largest in the Brittany Ferries fleet.

These three new ships demonstrate Brittany Ferries’ commitment to this new greener fuel, and its respect for the environment, as well as its desire to operate ships that are more efficient, more sustainable and more comfortable.

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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