Titan LNG and Brittany Ferries have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of LNG and bio-LNG to two new LNG-powered hybrid Ro-Pax vessels that Brittany Ferries will operate between England and France from 2025. The ferries will serve established routes connecting Portsmouth with St Malo, and Portsmouth with Ouistreham. Titan aims to supply fuel to both vessels during usual cargo operations alongside (SIMOPS) to avoid delays to sailing schedules.
The two 194.7 meter, 1,400-passenger LNG-hybrid ships will join the fleet in 2024 and 2025 replacing two of the longest-serving vessels, Bretagne (1989) and Normandie (1992). They will follow two new LNG-fueled ships, Salamanca, which entered service in March this year, and Santoña which will arrive on fleet in 2023.
The hybrid vessels will have a large battery hybrid power system of 10 MWh for propulsion and maneuvering in port and an 8 MW electric shore connection that will allow charging in port, when infrastructure allows. As well as significantly cutting emissions, hybrid propulsion promises less noise and a smoother ride for passengers.
This partnership marks the significant expansion of Titan’s operations in the English Channel which will enhance the availability of LNG, bio-LNG, and in the longer run hydrogen-derived LNG in the region. “We look forward to our journey forward with Brittany Ferries and these innovative ships. We believe strong partnerships are essential for the maritime industry to successfully decarbonize. Furthermore, thanks to the unique farmer-shareholder ownership structure that underpins Brittany Ferries we see great potential in available stocks for local bio-LNG production,” said Régine Portocarero, Titan LNG’s Business Development Manager.
“Ships like Salamanca, Santoña and our forthcoming hybrid ships are cleaner today and greener tomorrow,” commented Frederic Pouget, Operations and Ports Director Brittany Ferries. “Thanks to LNG, they promise an immediate and significant reduction in air quality emissions and a small reduction in GHG emissions. They are greener tomorrow because they are capable of running on fuels like bio-LNG first and later future fuels like hydrogen derived LNG. These have the potential to slash well-to-wake GHG emissions. Our new vessels will therefore automatically become greener when these fuels arrive and there is great potential for expanding the development of the bio-LNG value chain with Titan LNG.”
Source: Brittany Ferries