Brittany Ferries, Wärtsilä and Incat partner on zero emissions ferry design

2024-06-14T22:26:49+00:00 June 14th, 2024|Technology|

Brittany Ferries, Wärtsilä and Incat have signed a partnership agreement to develop the design and technical requirements for a 137 m zero-emissions ferry.

This project comes as Brittany Ferries nears completion of the biggest fleet renewal programme in its history. Five new vessels will have joined the fleet between 2020 and 2025, including two LNG-powered ships (currently in service) and two shore-power-ready LNG-electric hybrids.

The tripartite deal is claimed to bring together marine partners with complementary strengths. Expertise includes design and construction of fast craft, all aspects of engineering and technical needs, and experience in operating a large and diverse fleet.

Wärtsilä is a supplier to all five new Brittany Ferries’ ships fleet renewal project. This includes LNG engines powering ‘Salamanca’, which joined the fleet in 2022, and ‘Santoña’ in 2023.

In addition, Wärtsilä is installing LNG-hybrid drive trains for hybrid vessels, currently under construction and due to sail for Europe by the end of this year.

Brittany Ferries took delivery of an Incat fast-ferry in 2005. Under the name’ Normandie Express’, she served the company until 2021. She is currently under charter to Condor Ferries operating under the name of ‘Condor Voyager’. She operates on the St Malo/Channel Islands routes.

Brittany Ferries is a minority shareholder in Condor Ferries and CEO Christophe Mathieu is also Condor’s CEO.

“This is an important project, as we look at different ways to reach net zero by 2050,” he said.

“All electric power is a potential solution, best suited to shorter ferry routes. At this stage, we don’t know what is feasible, and upon which route, but what we can say is that trusted partners will help us scope it out.

“Upon completion of the project, we can move quickly. Brittany Ferries has a track record of walking the talk when it comes to leading the industry on sustainable ferry travel, as our investment in LNG and hybrid ships shows,” he said.

“Ferries play a vital role in meeting the growing demand for environmentally sustainable transport options, and the investment Wärtsilä makes in R&D to develop technologies and integrated solutions are key in enabling this development,” added Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä Marine and Executive Vice President at Wärtsilä Corp.

“This is why we are proud to have been selected to support Brittany Ferries in their goal of bringing cleaner vessels to the regions in which they operate.

“As a leader in shaping the de-carbonisation of the marine industry, we value our long-term relationship with both Brittany Ferries and Incat, sharing a joint commitment to accelerate the industry towards net-zero emissions shipping,” he said.

“Incat has long standing and successful relationships with Brittany Ferries and Wärtsilä, built upon shared values and a vision for innovation and environmental sustainability,” commented Stephen Casey, Incat CEO.

“We know that battery electric propulsion coupled with lightweight aluminium vessels is the ideal choice to eliminate emissions, and we are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with both Brittany Ferries and Wärtsilä as we collectively lead the next evolution of sustainable maritime transport throughout Europe,” he concluded.