Salamanca | Technical Information and Key Dates

By: Steven Tarbox
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Looking into SALAMANCA's main vehicle deck through her clamshell bow doors. Image: © A. Pennec, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.
Looking into SALAMANCA's main vehicle deck through her clamshell bow doors. Image: © A. Pennec, courtesy of Brittany Ferries.

Salamanca Fast Facts

Current Name: SalamancaPrevious Names:
Shipyard: China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co., Ltd. [CN], 269IMO Number: 9867592
Current Operator: Brittany FerriesCurrent Route: Portsmouth - Bilbao/Cherbourg
Length Overall: 214.5 mBeam: 27.8 m
Passenger Capacity: 1015Vehicle Capacity: 2,705 lane metres of freight
Tonnage: 41,716 GTSister-ships: Santona, Galicia (part-sister), Stena Estrid (part-sister), Stena Edda (part-sister), Stena Embla (part-sister), Cote d' Opale (part-sister)

Technical Highlights

SALAMANCA is the first Stena E-Flexer class ferry to be powered by Brittany Ferries preferred supplier Wärtsilä, rather than by Caterpillar-MaK main engines. This is a consequence of her requiring engines with higher power output to reliably achieve a slightly higher contract speed (23 kts) than the previous members of the E-Flexer class.

The two Wärtsilä 12V46DF dual-fuel main engines each drive a Wärtsilä-supplied propeller via Flender reduction gears.  Previous E-Flexers, including GALICIA, were specified with Renk reduction gearing and Borg propellers supplied by Caterpillar.

The top of one of SANTONA's Wärtsilä dual-fuel main engines which together propel the ship to a speed of 23 knots. Image: Brittany Ferries.
The top of one of SANTONA’s Wärtsilä dual-fuel main engines which together propel the ship to a speed of 23 knots. Image: Brittany Ferries.

It appears likely that all future ordered E-Flexer ferries will also be equipped with Wärtsilä engines as Caterpillar has decided to stop manufacturing MaK medium speed diesel engines by the end of 2022.  Wärtsilä has already confirmed that it has won orders to supply main engines for three LNG-battery hybrid E-Flexer’s, including two for Brittany Ferries.  This is in addition to SALAMANCA’s sister ship SANTOÑA.

Proven Hull Form

As with GALICIA, SALAMANCA uses the standard Stena E-Flexer hull-form. This long and slender hull is specifically designed for fuel efficiency, good seakeeping, and reduced environmental impact and was designed using the late hydrodynamic technology and thinking.

One of SANTONA's Wärtsilä dual-fuel auxiliary engines. Image: Brittany Ferries.
One of SANTONA’s Wärtsilä dual-fuel auxiliary engines. Image: Brittany Ferries.

The E-Flexer hull form is said to have an excellent an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and Stena claim fuel savings of 25% versus older designs.  This efficient hull shape in combination with specially formulated antifouling paint, a ducktail interceptor to reduce wake and optimise hull performance, and optimised grids over the thrusters combine to make E-Flexer one of the most efficient ferry types in operation today.

Access Arrangements and Vehicle Decks

In common with the other E-Flexer ferries, SALAMANCA is built with a twin-level drive-through loading configuration. However, despite having the same exterior dimensions as previous members of the series, SALAMANCA has a lower vehicle capacity.

As with GALICA, the space occupied by the dedicated passenger car deck on the standard E-Flexer vessels is given over to passenger cabin accommodation. Instead, like GALICIA, on busy sailings a mezzanine deck can be deployed on the starboard side of the upper vehicle deck. Additionally, SALAMANCA also gives over most of her lower hold to housing two large LNG fuel tanks. There is also a small reduction in capacity on deck 3 versus non-LNG E-Flexers as this is where the LNG refuelling points, one on either side of the vehicle deck, are located.

SALAMANCA‘s access equipment was supplied by MacGregor subsidiary TTS, as with the other vessels in the E-Flexer class.


Although SALAMANCA was designed and built under DNV-GL supervision and originally classed by the same organisation, she has since been re-classed by Bureau Veritas.  SALAMANCA attained the same GNV-GL notations as the previous E-Flexer ferries.  These are; Clean (controlling and limiting operational emissions and discharges), COMF-(V2) (interior comfort from noise and vibration) and VIBR (compliance with a set of criteria governing the levels of vibration produced in/by the structure, machinery, and equipment installed onboard); despite key technical differences with the vessels which came before her.

Key Technical Data – Salamanca

Below is a summary of some of SALAMANCA’s key technical data.

Side profile of Brittany Ferries SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
Side profile of Brittany Ferries SALAMANCA. Image: Brittany Ferries.
IMO Number9867592
ClassStena “E-Flexer” Passenger and Ro-Ro Cargo (Ro-Pax) ferry
Building YardChina Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co., Ltd., Shandong Province, China (previously known as AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co., Ltd) 
DesignStena / Deltamarin
Naval ArchitectDeltamarin, Turku, Finland
Project ManagementStena RoRo, Göteborg, Sweden
Deltamarin, Turku, Finland (EPCM)
Contract dateOrdered by Stena RoRo on 22.05.2018
Hull NumberW0269
CertificationClass: Bureau Veritas
Ro-ro passenger ship,SRTP,dualfuel

OperatorBrittany Ferries
Vessel ManagementBrittany Ferries BAI SA
In service27 March 2022
Usual RouteBilbao – Portsmouth
Portsmouth – Cherbourg
Length Overall 214.5m
Length BP202.515 m1
Beam27.8 m (28.443 extreme)1
Draught6.6 m1
Gross Tonnage41,716 GT1
Number of decks10 (3 passenger decks plus sun deck)
MachineryMain-propulsion package supplied by Wärtsilä.  This includes:
2 x Wärtsilä  W12V46DF V12 4-stroke dual-fuel 13,740 kW main engines, each of which drives a Wärtsilä controllable pitch propeller via a Flender GHCK1120 reduction gearbox. 
3 x Wärtsilä 9L20DF dual-fuel auxiliary generator engines and one MHI S12A2 emergency generator
2 x  Wärtsilä WTT24 CP 2,400 kw bow thrusters

Access equipment supplied by TTS (MacGregor / Cargotec Corporation)
LNG Capacity783 m3
Power (Max)27,480 kW
Design Speed23 kts
Passenger Capacity1015*
Passenger Cabins341 including 3 deluxe cabins, 22 pet cabins, 7 cabins for disabled passengers and 37 “pullman” cabins with shared facilities*
Vehicle capacity2,723* lane metres of freight with 5.2 m free height on deck 3 and 5 Twin-level drive-through loading configuration with bow and stern doors and tilting internal ramp between decks 3 and 5.

Deck 3: 1,307 lm*
Deck 5: 1,415 lm*

A limited number of drop trailers can be accommodated in the 450 m2 lower hold (deck 1), forward of the LNG tanks*.

* Data taken directly from SALAMANCA general arrangement plan.
Flag state (port)Morlaix (France)
Key technical data for Brittany Ferries’ Salamanca. These details are believed to be correct at the time of publication, but may be subject to change.

Salamanca – Key supplier’s 

Construction yardCMI Jinling (Wehiai) Shipyard
Concept designStena RoRo
Marine architectDeltamarin
Project managementStena RoRo
Deltamarin (EPCM)
Main enginesWärtsilä Italia
Main generator enginesWärtsilä Finland
Emergency generatorMHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industry) Equipment Europe
Auxiliary boilersSaacke VKK
Controllable Pitch PropellersWärtsilä Norway
Bow thrustersWärtsilä Netherlands
Reduction gearboxesFlender
Interior design and architectureFigura Arkitekter
Turnkey interior outfitR&M (Reinhold & Mahla)
Galley and bar outfitAluminox 
Shipyard for final finishingAstilleros de Astander 
Final interior finishing for Brittany Ferries (in Spain)Oliver Design
Key suppliers for Brittany Ferries’ Salamanca

Salamanca – Key Dates

May 2018Salamanca ordered
10 September 2019Steel cutting
23 April 2020Keel laid
6 January 2021Floating out
30 November 2021Official delivery ceremony (in Sweden due to Covid restrictions) and completion date.
08 December 2021Re-classed by Bureau Veritas
10 December 2021 Departure from China on voyage to Europe
16 December  2021 Brittany Ferries crew take charge of ship in Singapore, supported by Northern Marine management delivery crew
12 January 2022 Arrival in Bilbao
18 January 2022SALAMANCA switches from Cypriot to French flag
5 February 2022Blessing at Roscoff
27 March 2022First commercial sailing from Portsmouth to Bilbao
  1. 2022. DNV GL Vessel Register. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 13 February 2022]. [] [] [] [] []

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