Bunker supplier, Titan LNG and Brittany Ferries have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of LNG and liquefied bio-methane (LBM) to two new LNG-fuelled hybrid ropaxes.
They are due to operate between England and France from 2025, serving the established routes connecting Portsmouth with Saint Malo, and Portsmouth with Ouistreham.
Titan aims to supply fuel to both vessels during their usual cargo operations alongside (SIMOPS) to avoid delays to sailing schedules.
The two 194.7 m long, 1,400-pax LNG-hybrid ships will join the fleet in 2024 and 2025 to replace two of the longest-serving vessels, ‘Bretagne’ (1989) and ‘Normandie’ (1992).
They will follow two new LNG-fuelled ropaxes, ‘Salamanca’, which entered service in March of this year, and ‘Santoña’, which will be delivered next year.
The new vessels will have a large battery hybrid power system of 10 MWh for propulsion and manoeuvring in port and an 8 MW electric shore connection that will allow charging in port, when the infrastructure allows.
Régine Portocarero, Titan LNG’s Business Development Manager, said: “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 de-carbonise. Furthermore, thanks to the unique farmer-shareholder ownership structure that underpins Brittany Ferries, we see great potential in available stocks for local LBM production.”
“Ships like ‘Salamanca’, ‘Santoña’ and our forthcoming hybrid ships are cleaner today and greener tomorrow,” added Frederic Pouget, Operations and Ports Director, Brittany Ferries. “Thanks to LNG, they promise an immediate and significant improvement in air quality and a reduction in GHG emissions.
“They are greener tomorrow because they can run on fuels like LBM and, later, future fuels like hydrogen-derived liquid methane, all without adaptations. These fuels will slash well-to-wake GHG emissions further. Our new vessels will therefore automatically become greener when these fuels arrive and there is great potential for expanding the development of the LBM value chain with Titan LNG,” he said.
This partnership marks the significant expansion of Titan’s operations in the English Channel, which will enhance the availability of LNG, LBM, and in the longer run hydrogen-derived LNG in the region.
To meet the demand, Titan will bring additional barge capacity to the area. There are plans for a Krios series vessel to serve Brittany Ferries and to regularly transit between the relevant ports.