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IMO number: 9856189Built by: China Merchants Jinling Weihai [CN], #W0267
Also known as: Stena E-Flexer #3, Zhao Shang 267 (yard names)As-built sister-ships: N/A. Salamanca and Santoña [near sisters with LNG fuel]. Galicia is built to a modified version of Stena's E-Flexer platform as used on Stena Estrid, Stena Edda, and Stena Embla.
Usual route: Portsmouth [GB] - Santander [ES] / Portsmouth [GB] - Cherbourg [FR]Current operator: Brittany Ferries
Passenger capacity: 1015 (plus 85 crew)Vehicle capacity: 3,100 lane metres or 155 trailers

Overview of Galicia

GALICIA is a Brittany Ferries Ro-Pax ferry which was completed in China during 2020.  She is the first of three similar E-Flexer class ferries being built for Stena RoRo in China for charter to Brittany Ferries. Brittany Ferries intends to base her at Portsmouth to service the routes from there to Santander and Cherbourg.

The company has previously stated that she was ordered as a replacement for BAIE DE SEINE in the fleet. That ship was returned to owners DFDS earlier in 2020 and has re-adopted her previous name SIRENA SEAWAYS.

Brittany Ferries GALICIA seen during October 2020. Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries GALICIA seen during October 2020. Brittany Ferries

Entry to Service

GALICIA is expected to enter service for Brittany Ferries during December 2020. She will not be permanently allocated to the Santander and Cherbourg routes until Spring 2021, however. GALICIA is the first Brittany Ferries vessel to be themed around Spain according to the company. Stena’s favoured architect, Figura, was tasked with customising her interior design accordingly.

The building dock fills with water as yard number W0264 STENA EDDA is floated out at AVIC Weihai on April 15th 2019. AVIC Ship.
The building dock fills with water as yard number W0264 STENA EDDA is floated out at AVIC Weihai on April 15th 2019. GALICIA for Brittany Ferries can be seen under construction to the right. AVIC Ship.

Although registered with a home port of Portsmouth when delivered, GALICIA switched to the French flag shortly after her arrival in Europe. This was done during a visit to Astander in Santander for a dry-docking which was required for her change of flag.

Some final touches were also applied ahead of her official “inauguration” presentation on 27 Nov 2020. This was Brittany Ferries first virtual ship launch and was as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The delivery ceremony for GALICIA took place at Weihai on 20.08.20 though the ship wasn't actually delivered on the day. China Merchants Jinling Shipbuilding (Weihai).
The delivery ceremony for GALICIA took place at Weihai on 20.08.20 though the ship wasn’t actually delivered on the day according to Shippax. China Merchants Jinling Shipbuilding (Weihai).

Charter

GALICIA is the third ship in Stena’s E-Flexer class to be completed, following STENA ESTRID and STENA EDDA. Initially, Brittany Ferries will charter GALICIA for five years. The company has the option to extend the charter or purchase the ship outright after the initial charter period.

Differences with the Stena Line vessels

External appearance

Although similar in many aspects to her Stena Line part-sister ships, GALICIA has been customised specifically to Brittany Ferries requirements.  Notably the dedicated car deck on deck 7 on the Stena Line vessels has been replaced by additional passenger cabins.  The superstructure of the Brittany Ferries ship also extends further aft, again allowing additional passenger cabins to be added. This means that in total GALICIA has 1,233 passenger berths compared to 684 on STENA EDDA and STENA ESTRID.  

Brittany Ferries' GALICIA alongside at the outfitting pier nearing completion. Brittany Ferries.
Brittany Ferries’ GALICIA alongside at the outfitting pier nearing completion. Brittany Ferries.

GALICIA‘s passenger capacity is slightly higher than the Stena Line ships with 1015 passengers able to be carried instead of 923.  Another external difference is the provision of an additional lifeboat on each side, in part due to the slightly higher passenger capacity.

Perhaps the most visually noticeable change apart from the revised superstructure aft, is the division of the panoramic windows overlooking the bow. This change was made as a result of operational experience with STENA ESTRID and STENA EDDA, and has also been made to STENA EMBLA. The latter was delivered to Stena Line during November 2020. It is expected that all subsequent E-Flexer’s will also be delivered with this revision.

Passenger facilities

For a more in depth look at GALICIA‘s passenger facilities, see our dedicated Galicia feature with deck plans here.

Unlike STENA EDDA and STENA ESTRID, GALICIA has no dedicated freight driver restaurant. The same space is used for the ‘Taberna de Tapas’ restaurant instead.  While the layout of the public spaces largely mirror those on the Stena ships, areas such as the ‘Sky Bar’ on the Stena ships have been rebranded (Plaza Mayor).  On Deck 7 the onboard shop has been extended aft and the ‘Barista’ coffee bar removed and replaced with a small lounge area and information screens.  

Reception and information screens onboard Brittany Ferries GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.
Reception and information screens onboard Brittany Ferries GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.

As with the Stena Line ships, Video on Demand is available throughout the vessel. GALICIA is the first vessel in the Brittany Ferries fleet to employ the technology.  A three course meal and continental breakfast is included in the fare on GALICIA‘s Spanish crossings, and so the layout of the main restaurant (named ‘Azul’) has been altered to account for this.

Some changes have also been made to the sun deck on deck 10, notably the addition of a terraced area. The outside decks to the aft of the ship are also larger as a result of the enlarged superstructure on the Brittany Ferries vessel.

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

Brittany Ferries other two E-Flexer ferries, SALAMANCA and SANTONA, are expected to have a similar layout and feel to GALICIA.

Other differences

Although all E-Flexer ferries are designed to be fitted with Exhaust Gas Scrubber technology, GALICIA is the first to be equipped with such a system. This has no major effect on her external appearance, however. The use of this closed-loop gas scrubber system means that Brittany Ferries are able to burn lower cost fuel oil on GALICIA while still complying with all emissions legislation.

Brittany Ferries GALICIA is is floated at AVIC Weihai on September 10 2019. She is the third Stena E-Flexer vessel and will be long-term chartered to Brittany Ferries. Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries GALICIA is is floated at AVIC Weihai on September 10 2019. She is the third Stena E-Flexer vessel and will be long-term chartered to Brittany Ferries. Brittany Ferries

To date, GALICIA is the only E-Flexer delivered with a scrubber system as Stena Line preferrs to burn more expensive low-sulphur fuel in order to meet emissions limits. Brittany Ferries has opted to equip its other two E-Flexer’s, SALAMANCA and SANTOÑA, with the capability to burn LNG as fuel instead of using diesel and scrubbers. The only other non-Stena Line E-Flexer at the time of writing, DFDS’s COTE D’OPALE, will also have scrubbers fitted from new.

In terms of machinery, GALICIA retains the same setup as STENA EDDA and STENA ESTRID apart from the addition of scrubbers.

GALICIA engine control room. Brittany Ferries
GALICIA engine control room. Brittany Ferries

GALICIA will be the only Brittany Ferries E-Flexer to retain the full 3,100lm freight capacity of the Stena Line E-Flexer ships. This is because SALAMANCA and SANTOÑA will have LNG equipment fitted on their lower freight deck.

Passenger vehicles will park on the same decks as freight as there is no dedicated car deck on Deck 7 as on the Stena Line E-Flexer’s.

A truck manoeuvres in the forward area of GALICIA's deck 3 garage prior to the ship entering service. Brittany Ferries
A truck manoeuvres in the forward area of GALICIA‘s deck 3 garage prior to the ship entering service. Brittany Ferries

While the tilting ramp to deck 7 has not been fitted to GALICIA due to there being no dedicated car deck, the tilting ramps between the other vehicle decks remain. This means that (should it be required) the ship will be able to load on a single level rather than simultaneously over two levels. GALICIA also retains the capability to simultaneously load over two levels through both the bow and stern as with the Stena Line ships.

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

Other changes have been made to the construction process as a result of experience in building STENA ESTRID and STENA EDDA as part of a continual effort to improve efficiency and quality at the shipyard. The design and construction changes have in part led to Falk Rothe of DNV-GL (the ships certification society) claiming that GALICIA is “is the highest quality ship in this series so far” at the official delivery ceremony.

Brittany Ferries GALICIA undertakes trials at Plymouth, October 14, 2020. Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries GALICIA undertakes trials at Plymouth, October 14, 2020. Brittany Ferries

Passenger Facilities on Galicia

Brittany Ferries advertises the following passenger facilities as being available on GALICIA;

  • Commodore C-Club lounge (premium lounge area)
  • Reserved seating lounge (premium applicable)
  • Restaurant Azul (Restaurant)
  • Taberna de Tapas (Restaurant)
  • Plaza Mayor (Bar)
  • Boutique (Onboard Shop)
  • Two Children’s play areas
  • Travel & Sea exhibition area
  • House of Las Meninas digital experience
  • Information kiosks
  • Sun deck with terrace (Deck 10) and outside deck areas (Decks 7, 8, 9)
  • Video on Demand and WiFi throughout the ship
  • A selection of cabin accommodation including premium cabins, 22 pet friendly cabins, suites, and wheelchair accessible cabins
  • Enclosed dog kennels for small and large dogs, plus an outside exercise area on Deck 7.
The deck 7 children's playroom onboard GALICIA. Brittany Ferries
The deck 7 children’s playroom onboard GALICIA. Brittany Ferries

Galicia Technical Data

Side profile drawing of GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.
Side profile drawing of GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.
A side view showing the overall layout of the decks on GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.
A side view showing the overall layout of the decks on GALICIA. Brittany Ferries.
 

GALICIA

IMO Number9856189

Callsign

FMMN
ClassStena “E-Flexer” Passenger and Ro-Ro Cargo (Ro-Pax) ferry
Building Yard

China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co., Ltd., Shandong Province, China (previously known as AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co., Ltd)

DesignStena / Deltamarin
Naval Architect Deltamarin, Turku, Finland
Project Management

Stena RoRo

Deltamarin, Turku, Finland (EPCM)
Interior designer and architect

Figura Arkitekter, Gothenburg, Sweden

Delivery and installation of public spaces, galleys, & cabins

R&M (Rheinhold & Mahla), Hamburg, Germany / Weihai, China

Galley Equipment

Aluminox SA, Greece

Contract date

Ordered by Stena RoRo on 11th March, 2016
(Part of a contract for 4 initial vessels with options for a further 2 + 2)

Hull Number

W0267

Certification

Class: DNV GL Class 1A

Type: 410 – Car Ferry


Additional class notations: 1A Ferry(A) BIS BWM(T) Clean COMF(V-2) E0 Gas ready(D, MEC) Ice(1A) NAUT(AW) Recyclable TMON VIBR 1

Operator Brittany Ferries
Vessel Management Brittany Ferries BAI SA
Northern Marine Management (ISM)
In service 2 December 2020
Usual

Route

Santander – Portsmouth / Portsmouth – Cherbourg
Length Overall  214.5 m  2
Length BP 202.5 m 2

Beam

27.8 m (28.443 extreme) 2

Draught 6.7 m 2

Gross Tonnage

41,671 GT 2
DWT 7,700 2
Number of decks 10
(3 passenger decks plus sun deck)

Machinery

Main-propulsion package supplied by Caterpillar Marine including 2 x Caterpillar MaK 12 M43 C gas (Methanol or LNG) ready V12 4-stroke marine diesel propulsion engines built by Caterpillar Motoren Rostock GmbH, Rostock, Germany. An in-line exhaust gas scrubber system is fitted to the exhaust of each main engine.
  • (Note that to run with Methanol or LNG the engines will require upgrading to MaK 12 M46 dual-fuel specification – this has been allowed for in the design).
  • Each main engine is coupled to a Caterpillar supplied gearbox (Renk RSHL-1120).  
  • 2 x Caterpillar Feathering Controllable-Pitch Propellers MPP 1410f (PB58547).
  • 3 x Wärtsilä Wärtsilä 8L20 auxiliary engines, supplied by Wärtsila Finland Oy.
  • 2 x Wärtsila WTT24 CP 2,400kW bow thrusters, supplied by Wärtsilä Netherlands.
  • S12A2-M(P)TA Emergency Generator, supplied by Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe B.V
  • 2 x WE Tech 2,600kW permanent magnet shaft generators, with variable frequency drive (WE Drive) connected to a DC-link switchboard (WE Tech solution 4) for bow thrusters and Power Take Out (PTO) (WE Tech solution 1).
  • Novenco HVAC systems including chillers AHU, VAV cabin units, fans and all control systems. 
  • Gas ready and prepared for scrubber and catalytic converter installation should it be required.
  • 2 x “high lift” flap rudders

  • Mitsubishi fin stabilisers 
Power (Max)

25,200 kW

Design Speed 22 kts

Passenger Capacity

1015
Crew 85
Passenger Cabins 343

Vehicle capacity

3,100 lane metres of freight (on 3 decks – 1, 3, 5). Twin-level drive-through loading configuration with bow and stern doors and tilting internal ramps between decks.

Flag state (port)

Morlaix (France)
These details are believed to be correct at the time of publication, but may be subject to change.
GALICIA hull showing one of her propellers and rudders. Brittany Ferries
GALICIA hull showing one of her propellers and rudders. Brittany Ferries

Galicia Timeline / Key Dates

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
16.01.2019Keel Laid
11.09.2019Floated
03.09.2020Delivered to Stena Ro-Ro
Immediately chartered to BAI (Brittany Ferries)
11.09.2020Left Weihai for Europe
12.09.2020Arrived Qingdao
20.09.2020Arrived Singapore
23.09.2020Left Singapore for Suez then Europe
12.10.2020First arrival and trials at Cherbourg
13.10.2020First arrival and trials at Portsmouth
14.10.2020First arrival and trials at Portsmouth
15.10.2020First arrivals and trials at both Bilbao and Santander
27.10.2020Entered dry-dock at Astander Santander for flag-change survey and some final fitting out
30.10.2020Flag changed from U.K. to France with a new home port of Morlaix
16.11.2020Arrival back at Cherbourg
27.11.2020“Virtual” inauguration ceremony. Streamed live over the internet
28.11.2020Benediction ceremony with blessing by L’abbé Christian Bernard (Roscoff)
02.12.2020Maiden commercial departure (Santander)
03.12.2020Maiden commercial arrival (Portsmouth)

With special thanks to the Brittany Ferries Press Team for their help with this feature.

References and Further Reading
  1. Vesselregister.dnvgl.com. 2020. DNV GL Vessel Register. [online] Available at: <https://vesselregister.dnvgl.com/vesselregister/vesselregister.html> [Accessed 19 November 2020].[]
  2. Vesselregister.dnvgl.com. 2020. DNV GL Vessel Register. [online] Available at: <https://vesselregister.dnvgl.com/vesselregister/vesselregister.html> [Accessed 19 November 2020].[][][][][][]

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