Ferry News - Ferry Industry NewsFerry News | Local and International Ferry News

Brittany Ferries’ New Ship to Arrive Today from China

First Brittany Ferries E-Flexer Expected in Cherbourg This Morning

The first of three brand-new ferries to join Brittany Ferries is expected to arrive in France for the first time this morning. GALICIA is expected to berth at Cherbourg shortly after 0:730 local time following a lengthy sea voyage from China. Last night she passed within a few nautical miles of fleet-mate PONT AVEN which had left Plymouth for Santander that evening.

After trials at Cherbourg, GALICIA is expected to visit a number of Brittany Ferries ports (including Portsmouth and Plymouth) before heading to Santander for dry docking. This will allow for finishing touches to be applied and likely a hull survey for the switch from the British to French register.

The traditional coin laying ceremony for the keel of Brittany Ferries first E-Flexer GALICIA. AVIC Ship
The traditional coin laying for the keel of Brittany Ferries first E-Flexer GALICIA. AVIC Ship

At present GALICIA has a “home” port of Portsmouth, but this will change to a French port in-line with the company policy of registering long-term fleet members in France.

A composite image showing the main restaurant on GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.
A composite image showing the main restaurant (‘Azul’) onboard GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.

Once the ship is prepared for service and all crew training, familiarisation, and any further trials complete, GALICIA is expected to enter service between Santander and Portsmouth during December. In service, she is also expected to sail between Portsmouth and Cherbourg once the route re-opens. The route has been closed until further notice following timetable changes resulting from the impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions.

GALICIA seen undertaking sea trials ahead of her delivery. Brittany Ferries.
GALICIA seen undertaking sea trials ahead of her delivery. Brittany Ferries.

The lengthy voyage from her builders yard at Weihai (China) took in a number of ports including Qingdao, Singapore, and Suez. Stena-subsidiary Northern Marine Management provided the crew for the voyage on behalf of Stena RoRo.

A composite image showing the Club Lounge onboard GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.
A composite image showing the Club Lounge onboard GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.

The latter company owns the ship and have agreed a long-term charter to Brittany Ferries. Stena RoRo have also agreed charters with Brittany Ferries for two similar ships, SALAMANCA and SANTONA, which will be fuelled by LNG rather than diesel. SALAMANCA and SANTONA are expected to join the fleet in 2022 and 2023.

The start of steel cutting for W0272, Brittany Ferries SANTONA, 13.11.19. CMJL (Weihai)
The start of steel cutting for W0272, Brittany Ferries SANTONA, 13.11.19. CMJL (Weihai)

GALICIA, which as an E-Flexer ferry is designed to be efficient, arrives in France just days after Brittany Ferries announced that it had become one of the first companies to be accredited by the Green Marine ‘green label’ initiative in Europe.

Although based on the same platform as STENA ESTRID and STENA EDDA, GALICIA is built to a different overall design. While she shares many similarities, she is not therefore a direct sister-ship to the Stena Line ships. GALICIA will be the first Brittany Ferries ship to be “designed, themed and decorated around Spain“.

Earlier this year Brittany Ferries cancelled another ferry, HONFLEUR, after a number of delivery delays. The ship, which should have been in service during 2019, was up to a year off completion this June. The company is believed to have ended all interest in the vessel and no significant further work is believed to have taken place since the cancellation.

GALICIA Facts

Side profile drawing of GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.
Side profile drawing of GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.
Length214.5m
Breadth27.8m
Draught6.4m
Gross tonnage40,500
Number of decks10
Number of passenger decks3
Design speed22 knots
Passenger capacity1015
Crew85
Cabins343
Pet-friendly cabins22
Vehicle capacity3,100 lane metres or 155 trailers
Main engines2 X 12,600Kw

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a ferry enthusiast from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He founded what was then NI Ferry Site 2014. Since then the site has grown from nothing to an average of over 43k pageviews per month in 2020.
Back to top button