Brittany Ferries new LNG-fuelled Salamanca cruise ferry enters Bureau Veritas classification

Bureau Veritas (BV), a world chief in testing, inspection, and certification, has taken supply into class the brand-new cruise ferry Salamanca, constructed at China Retailers Jinling in Weihai, China. Powered by pure fuel, the 1,015-passenger ferry will likely be operated by Brittany Ferries on its route between Portsmouth, within the UK, and Bilbao and Santander, in Northern Spain.

The ‘Salamanca’ is the second ‘E-Flexer’ to enter service with Brittany Ferries as a part of its dedication to introduce cleaner and extra environment friendly ships to its fleet within the subsequent 5 years. After its sister ship, Galicia, joined the fleet in December 2020, Salamanca will enter service in March 2022 and would be the first to be fuelled by LNG.

With a size of 214.5 metres, Salamanca has been designed with effectivity and the surroundings in thoughts. The vessel is provided with twin Wartsila 12V46DF (dual-fueled) engines, every producing 13,740 kW. Utilizing LNG as a gas will considerably enhance air high quality, by just about eliminating NOx and particulate matter and decreasing CO2 emissions. Moreover, specific consideration has been given to its fuel-efficient design, with its lengthy, slender hull and bow, and tremendous strains delivering wonderful seakeeping in all weathers.

The ferry will likely be provided with LNG within the ports of Bilbao and Santander, enabling spherical journeys between Spain and Portsmouth.

Brittany Ferries plans to deploy three extra LNG-fuelled vessels within the coming years: Santoña will be a part of the fleet in 2023 on the Portsmouth-Santander-Bilbao route, and two hybrid LNG-electric ships will enter service between France and the UK in time for the 2025 season.

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