Brittany Ferries Order a New Ship from Germany

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Brittany Ferries have ordered a new ferry from Germany for the Caen-Ouistreham - Portsmouth.

TRANSPORT: Brittany Ferries, the Cross Channel Operator based in Roscoff just announced the order of a new ferry …

Brittany Ferries, the Cross Channel Operator based in Roscoff just announced the order of a new ferry.  At 185 metres long and capable of carrying 1680 passengers, it will be assigned to the line Caen-Ouistreham to Portsmouth route.

Breton group Brittany Ferries announced on Wednesday morning that it has signed a letter of intent with German shipyard Flensburger Schiffbau for the construction of a new ship. The formalization of this command could be held next spring.

This ferry will be scheduled to start operating in 2019, linking Caen-Ouistreham with Portsmouth. On this line, Brittany Ferries operates 3 daily round trips.

In 1680 passengers

The ship will be 185 metres long and 31 metres wide, with a draft of 6.50 meters. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

It can carry 1,680 passengers, will have 257 cabins and will have a parking capacity of 2 600 linear meters (130 trailers and 550 cars and 64 trailers).

“Confident despite Brexit”

“The signing of this letter of intent with Flensburger is a concrete step towards building the next generation of ships for Brittany Ferries, says Christophe Mathieu. Despite Brexit, we remain confident in our ability to continue to develop and modernize our network of cross channel services of tourism and logistics. ”

This ship will be the first LNG-powered ferry to sail the English Channel. The company had failed a few years ago to build such a ship at STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire.

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