Tuesday, January 14 14:13:07
French ferry and holiday company, Brittany Ferries, today announced that an order has been placed for a new cruise-ferry that will be its largest yet, and one of the biggest such vessels in the world.
The new ferry will replace the company's current flagship vessel, the Pont-Aven, as one of its routes will sail Cork-Roscoff-Cork.
The ship, costing some E270 million, will be built by STX France in St. Nazaire and she will enter service in late spring 2017.
It will also be the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly ship to operate in Irish/UK waters as liquefied natural gas (LNG) emits about 25 per cent less carbon dioxide during combustion than marine fuel oil and burns with no smoke. It is entirely free of sulphur and is very low in nitrogen oxide emissions.
Brittany Ferries and STX France have been co-operating for two years on a study regarding the feasibility of powering a cruise-ferry by LNG.
This new ship will replace Brittany Ferries' current flagship, Pont-Aven, which will move to the Portsmouth-St Malo route.
Operating on the longer routes between UK and Spain, she will also service Brittany Ferries Irish route (Cork-Roscoff) as did the Pont-Aven.
She will have many of Pont- Aven's features, such as an indoor swimming pool, two cinemas, restaurants, pet kennels, and so on. In addition, she will have 30 pet-friendly cabins which have proved so popular on the company's other ship to Spain, Cap Finistere, as well as a quiet reading lounge, an observation area, and a sophisticated spa treatment room with panoramic views.
The latest technology will be applied and free Wi-Fi will be available in every cabin and throughout the ship.
Mike Bevens, Group Commercial Director comments: "This represents a huge investment which will benefit not simply our customers but the environment as well. Unlike other forms of transport, such as aircraft or trains, every one of our ships is different, each possessing its own unique character. This addition to our fleet will be no exception, but will incorporate all the best features of our other vessels so as to provide our customers with a truly exceptional experience. No other ferry in Ireland or the UK will come close to offering this new ship's range of facilities and its launch will mark the beginning of a new era in ferry travel".