Salamanca Fast Facts
|Current Name: Salamanca||Previous Names:|
|Shipyard: China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co., Ltd. [CN], 269||IMO Number: 9867592|
|Current Operator: Brittany Ferries||Current Route: Portsmouth - Bilbao/Cherbourg|
|Length Overall: 214.5 m||Beam: 27.8 m|
|Passenger Capacity: 1015||Vehicle Capacity: 2,705 lane metres of freight|
|Tonnage: 41,716 GT||Sister-ships: Santona, Galicia (part-sister), Stena Estrid (part-sister), Stena Edda (part-sister), Stena Embla (part-sister), Cote d' Opale (part-sister)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Class||Stena “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)|
|Design||Stena / Deltamarin|
|Naval Architect||Deltamarin, Turku, Finland|
|Project Management||Stena RoRo, Göteborg, Sweden|
Deltamarin, Turku, Finland (EPCM)
|Contract date||Ordered by Stena RoRo on 22.05.2018|
|Certification||Class: Bureau Veritas|
Ro-ro passenger ship,SRTP,dualfuel
Additional class notations: COMF-VIB 2 , GREEN PASSPORT EU , AUT-UMS , SYS-NEQ-1 , MON-SHAFT , BWT , CLEANSHIP , ICE CLASS IC , INWATERSURVEY
|Vessel Management||Brittany Ferries BAI SA|
|In service||27 March 2022|
|Usual Route||Bilbao – Portsmouth|
Portsmouth – Cherbourg
|Length BP||202.515 m 1|
|Beam||27.8 m (28.443 extreme) 1|
|Draught||6.6 m 1|
|Gross Tonnage||41,716 GT 1|
|Number of decks||10 (3 passenger decks plus sun deck)|
|Machinery||Main-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 Capacity||783 m3|
|Power (Max)||27,480 kW|
|Design Speed||23 kts|
|Passenger Cabins||341 including 3 deluxe cabins, 22 pet cabins, 7 cabins for disabled passengers and 37 “pullman” cabins with shared facilities*|
|Vehicle capacity||2,723* 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)|
Salamanca – Key supplier’s
|Construction yard||CMI Jinling (Wehiai) Shipyard|
|Concept design||Stena RoRo|
|Project management||Stena RoRo|
|Main engines||Wärtsilä Italia|
|Main generator engines||Wärtsilä Finland|
|Emergency generator||MHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industry) Equipment Europe|
|Auxiliary boilers||Saacke VKK|
|Controllable Pitch Propellers||Wärtsilä Norway|
|Bow thrusters||Wärtsilä Netherlands|
|Interior design and architecture||Figura Arkitekter|
|Turnkey interior outfit||R&M (Reinhold & Mahla)|
|Galley and bar outfit||Aluminox|
|Shipyard for final finishing||Astilleros de Astander|
|Final interior finishing for Brittany Ferries (in Spain)||Oliver Design|
Salamanca – Key Dates
|May 2018||Salamanca ordered|
|10 September 2019||Steel cutting|
|23 April 2020||Keel laid|
|6 January 2021||Floating out|
|30 November 2021||Official delivery ceremony (in Sweden due to Covid restrictions) and completion date.|
|08 December 2021||Re-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 2022||SALAMANCA switches from Cypriot to French flag|
|5 February 2022||Blessing at Roscoff|
|27 March 2022||First commercial sailing from Portsmouth to Bilbao|
Other articles in this seriesReferences and Further Reading
- Vesselregister.dnvgl.com. 2022. DNV GL Vessel Register. [online] Available at: <https://vesselregister.dnvgl.com/vesselregister/vesselregister.html> [Accessed 13 February 2022].