Brittany Ferries, based in Roscoff, France, plans to construct an environmentally-friendly passenger ferry powered by LNG, which will be the world’s largest.
Measuring 210m in length, the vessel will be designed and built at STX France’s Saint Nazaire shipyard. It will incorporate dual-fuel engines and a high-efficiency electric propulsion system, reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 15 to 20 percent, compared with existing ferries, and nearly eliminating nitrogen oxide (NOX) and sulfur oxide (SOX) emissions.
Brittany Ferries said that the vessel will be built by lighter compound materials and high strength glues. The ferry will boast of an advanced hull design and capacity to accommodate 2,400 passengers, 650 cars and 40 trucks, reaching a maximum speed of 25 knots.
This vessel was first announced back in March 2011.
This project is part of STX France’s Ecorizon programme, a label under which the company aims to develop various green shipbuilding ideas.
World Maritime News Staff, December 27, 2013; Image: STX France