German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has launched Honfleur, a new LNG-powered ferry being built for Brittany Ferries.
Honfleur is the company’s 1st ferry running on LNG and it is scheduled to enter service in April 2019 on the company’s Caen-Ouistreham (France) and Portsmouth (UK) route.
Honfleur takes to the water for the first time! pic.twitter.com/SOAboanBJ9
— Brittany Ferries (@BrittanyFerries) December 14, 2018
The 1,680-passenger, 42,400 gross ton ship features a length of 187.4 meters and a width of 31 meters and will be able to reach a speed of 22 knots.
Brittany Ferries confirmed the order back in June 2017, following a letter of intent (LOI) inked with FSG in December 2016.
The ferry secured financial support from the European Investment Bank’s EUR 750 million Green Shipping Guarantee (GSG) program.
Specifically, Societe Generale acted as the main arranger of the EUR 142.6 million financing for the acquisition of the Honfleur ferry commissioned by Brittany Ferries, which includes a tranche of EUR 49.5 million fully guaranteed by the EIB.
World Maritime News Staff; Video Courtesy: InselVideo