Brittany Ferries Partners With Titan LNG to Fuel New Ships in Its Fleet

The French Ferry operator has signed a long-term agreement with Titan LNG to procure biomethane and LNG for its newbuild Hybrid Ro Pax vessels. The new ships will operate between England and France from 2025, connecting Portsmouth with Saint-Malo and Portsmouth with Ouistreham.

The new vessels will be 194.7 meters long and have a capacity of 1400 passengers. The ship will be Hybrid, operating on LNG/Biomethane and battery power. Titan LNG plans to supply the ferries with its Krios Series vessels while docked. So the refueling will be performed along with usual cargo operations to minimize the impact on schedules. There is also a Hybrid power system of 10MWh for propulsion and an 8MW electric shore connection that will allow charging on ports.

These vessels are set to replace two of the oldest serving vessels in Brittany’s fleet; 1989 built BRETAGNE and 1992 built NORMANDIE. This is part of a fleet renewal operation to better align the operator with modern sustainability goals. Other environment-friendly vessels have already entered its service. The Hybrid vessel SALAMANCA entered service in March 2022, and the Hybrid vessel SANTONA will enter service in 2023. Frederic Pouget from Brittany Ferries has stated that these vessels can run on future fuels such as Hydrogen derived methane, once it is more economical, without any adaptations required. This will reduce the well-to-wake emissions even further.

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