Brittany Ferries’ radical new LNG-powered ship Honfleur took a dramatic step closer to completion when almost her entire superstructure was craned aboard in two gigantic blocks weighing up to 2,000 tons each. The spectacular operation marked the end of a milestone week in the cruise-ferry’s construction. Just days before the first block was lifted into place, crowds gathered to see Honfleur’s 10,000-ton hull make the backwards slide down a slipway and into the Baltic Sea.
“In just seven days Honfleur has taken to the water for the first time, grown in height by around 20 meters, and acquired her distinctive profile,” said Christophe Mathieu Brittany Ferries CEO. “From here on, the story begins to move from the development of her innovative LNG infrastructure and hydrodynamic hull to focus on the richness of the passenger experience. This includes restaurants, cinemas, cafes and boutiques, as well as a range of digital and immersive spaces to be savored on board.”
Each block is five decks high, over 40 meters long and spans Honfleur’s full 31-meter width. They house Honfleur’s airy public areas, her 261 passenger cabins and her bridge. They were constructed in Poland’s historic Gdansk shipyards, which now also build luxury yachts and cruise liners, before being towed on barges to the FSG yard in Flensburg in northern Germany where her hull was built.
The blocks were placed on the hull by Gulliver, a 22,400-ton heavy lift vessel operated by Scaldis. Her twin cranes soar 100 meters into the sky, and are capable of lifting a 4000-ton load to a height of 78 meters. After picking each block up from its barge, thanks to 16 cables attached to ‘grab handles’ welded to the top deck, Gulliver backed slowly away. She then turned towards Honfleur’s hull where blocks were inched downwards into position.
Source: Brittany Ferries