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Brittany Ferries Inks LNG Ferry Order

French shipping company Brittany Ferries has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with German Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard for the construction of a new ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

A final contract for the 1,680-passenger ferry is expected to be signed in spring 2017. Following the agreement signing, the construction of the 42,000 gross ton ferry will start, according to the company.

The new ship is expected to be launched in 2019, operating in tandem with another cruise ferry, Mont St Michel, on the Portsmouth-Caen route.

The ferry will feature a length of 185 meters and a breadth of 31 meters.

“It will be one of the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly ships to operate in UK waters because LNG emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than marine fuel oil and burns with no smoke. In addition, it is free of sulphur and is very low in nitrogen oxide emissions,” Brittany Ferries said.

The order is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. The signing of the LOI follows a GBP 65 million (USD 80.4) investment in emission-reducing scrubber systems which have been retrospectively fitted to six cruise ferries in the Brittany Ferries’ ten-ship fleet.

“The signing of this letter of intent with the Flensburger shipyard is a concrete step towards the construction of a new generation of Brittany Ferries ships,” Christophe Mathieu, CEO, Brittany Ferries, said.

Brittany Ferries said its ships carried more than 2.4 million passengers in 2016.

Kilde: World Maritime News




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On the Horizon for 2019: our new ship, Honfleur!


There's a brand new ship on the horizon. Honfleur will arrive in 2019 and serve our most popular route from Portsmouth to Caen...

Meet Honfleur - named after the delightful port town on the River Seine, our newest vessel will arrive in 2019 and serve on our popular Portsmouth to Caen route.

It's certainly not every day that we commission a new ship - so let's introduce the newest member of the Brittany Ferries fleet.

What will Honfleur look like?
Above is an artist's impression of how Honfleur will look when she arrives in 2019. She will be the largest vessel in our fleet, by volume, at 42,400 gross tons. That compares with 41,000 for our current flagship Pont-Aven.

What's 'under the bonnet'?
Honfleur will be the greenest vessel regularly operating on the English Channel. That's partly thanks to her innovative design, which burns fuel with no sulphur emissions, much lower particulates and less carbon dioxide than diesel. Expect to hear more about additional environmental initiatives in the build-up to her launch.

Power delivery promises to be very different to other ferries in our fleet. Honfleur's four engines meet a standard known by the collective name diesel-electric-propulsion. It's used extensively on large cruise vessels because it reduces vibration, noise and optimises fuel consumption - particularly at reduced speeds. With a quieter, gentler sailing, you can sleep easy on your way to your next destination.

How will it feel on board?
Our fleet hosts a collection of some 1,000 works of art on board its ships. This includes paintings, sculptures, work in ceramics, photography and more. Alexander Goudie (a Scotsman with a Breton wife) is perhaps the most famous and widely represented on board, following an initial commission for works to fill the interior of Bretagne in 1989.

Honfleur, the ship, will continue this rich tradition, showcasing many works by local artists. You can also expect our trademark fine dining, cinemas, boutiques and much more.

Why did we pick 'Honfleur'?

Honfleur's colourful houses

Honfleur, Normandy, is famed for its rows of colourful, narrow buildings that line a picture-postcard harbour. It's a gem of a town on the eastern extremity of Normandy's Côte Fleurie (flowery coast) that has influenced many painters, especially Eugene Boudin who was born in the town.

Historically, Honfleur owes its prosperity to its strategically located port and thriving trade links forged over the centuries with ports in far-flung corners of the earth including Canada, the West Indies, Africa and the Azores.

It's fitting then that, in 2019, Honfleur will lend its name to a ship capable of carrying 1,680 passengers, promoting trade and tourism between the UK and Europe. Honfleur will join Mont St Michel on our Portsmouth to Caen route that runs three times a day.

It's a very exciting time here as we look forward to the construction of Honfleur getting underway at the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany. We hope that you'll love our newest vessel when she arrives in 2019 so watch this space for more information about her in the future.

Kilde: Brittany Ferries
Ser ut til LNG tankane skal kjørast ombord på øvre lastedekk for så å bli løfta med ei traverskran opp til dekket kor dei blir lagra og blir tilkopla fuel system på båten

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"The Steel Cutting Ceremony for the new Brittany Ferry, 'MV Honfleur' will take place on March 12th 2018 at the Flensburger Shipyard in Germany"
Brittany Ferries welcomes Honfleur steel cutting ceremony in Germany

White-hot plasma jets cut through sheets of steel at the FSG shipyard in Germany earlier.

The steel cutting ceremony marks the first step in the construction of Brittany Ferries’ Honfleur, a ship that will take little over a year to complete.

By June 2019, the metal being cut today will form part of a complex and complete 42,400 gross-tonne vessel, powered by liquefied natural gas, making her first crossing from Portsmouth to Caen.

“This is a very exciting day for everyone at Brittany Ferries,” commented Christophe Mathieu, Brittany Ferries chief executive, speaking from the yard.

“In little over one year, a mighty ship will rise, ready to carry passengers in comfort, style and on the cleanest vessel regularly operating on the Channel.

“Today’s ceremony is like a glimpse into the future of sustainable ferry travel.

“It is a future that is not so far away for millions of holidaymakers and freight customers.”

Brittany Ferries will tell the story of the build through a new website.

Steel cutting, of course, is not the start of the process.

Before Honfleur is built in steel, she is built virtually.

Every other cut and weld has been carefully planned, along with the countless other operations required to build such a complex craft.

For shipbuilding in the 21st century is as much about CAD design, complexity management and logistics as it is about forming steel.

When complete, Honfleur will carry up to 1,680 passengers, 550 cars and 64 trailers and come with 261 cabins, two cinemas, restaurants, boutique shopping and expansive passenger lounges.

Wi-Fi will come as standard in all areas of the ship, including cabins and access from the car decks to passenger areas will be made as easy as possible for all passengers.

She will be the first ferry regularly operating on the English Channel, powered by liquefied natural gas.

This fuel emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than diesel and burns with no smoke.

It is entirely free of sulphur and produces very low emissions of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter.

Her dual fuel engines coupled with LNG-electric propulsion will bring further efficiency, as well as a smoother and quieter ride for passengers.

Overseeing the project is naval architect Brice Robinson, working on his fifth vessel for the company.

He is based in Germany with a team for the duration of the build.

“Building a ship is a little like cooking,” he summarised.

“It’s a recipe that requires the same quality ingredients, but you optimise the mix every time during its preparation.

“And with experience, you make it better and better.”

Kilde: Breaking Travel News
Fra bygginga av "Honfleur"



Foto: Ukjent via Brittany Ferries Ships, Enthusiasts and Crew
Fra bygginga av "Honfleur" idag

Foto: Marc Peper via Facebook sida Brittany Ferries Ships, Enthusiasts and Crew
Oppdatert illustrasjon på "Honfleur" med den nye logoen til Brittany Ferries

Illustrasjon: via Brittany Ferries
I think Siem received HONFLEUR as part of a settlement with them to exit FSG ownership.