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Brittany Ferries first new LNG ferry takes to the water

The first of two brand-new LNG fuelled ferries for Brittany Ferries was floated on January 5. To be named SALAMANCA, yard number W0269 was floated over a week earlier than planned due to forecast poor weather. Although afloat, it is understood that the ship is still in the dry-dock.

SALAMANCA is the second of three Stena E-Flexer class ferries being purpose built for Brittany Ferries and chartered from Stena RoRo. In a change from GALICIA and the other E-Flexers, twin Wärtsilä 12V46DF dual-fuel main engines are installed in place of the Caterpillar M43’s on the other units.

A comparison of the side profile's of part-sisters GALICIA and SALAMANCA. As the latter is fuelled by LNG rather than diesel, she has different venting arrangements. With thanks to Brittany Ferries.
A comparison of the side profile’s of part-sisters GALICIA and SALAMANCA. As the latter is fuelled by LNG rather than diesel, she has different venting arrangements. With thanks to Brittany Ferries.

With a higher power output of 13,740kW each, these engines guarantee a slightly higher service speed of 23 knots over the other ships in the E-Flexer class which are designed for a 22 knot service speed.

Shippax reports that Brittany Ferries require this extra knot of speed to maintain the schedule on the Portsmouth – Bilbao route.

Two LNG tanks, each with a volume of 370m³ are installed in the lower hold. As a result, SALAMANCA has a reduced freight capacity of 2,758 lane metres versus the 3,100 lane metres of part-sister GALICIA.

GALICIA on the berth at Portsmouth after her first arrival with passengers, 03.12.2020. © Andy Williamson, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.
GALICIA on the berth at Portsmouth after her first arrival with passengers, 03.12.2020. © Andy Williamson, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.

The layout of the accommodation and passenger facilities are understood to remain similar on SALAMANCA to GALICIA. A sister-ship to SALAMANCA, SANTOÑA, is expected to be delivered in 2023.

The three new Brittany Ferries ships are based on the E-Flexer design shared by Stena Line’s STENA ESTRID, STENA EDDA, and STENA EMBLA as well as DFDS’s forthcoming CÔTE D’OPALE. The DFDS ship will be the next to be delivered. She is expected in service ahead of summer 2021 and will replace CALAIS SEAWAYS on the Dover – Calais route.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a ferry blogger and photographer from Belfast. He founded NI Ferry Site in 2014, and still acts as the editor. Steven also looks after all of the technical aspects of the website.
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