Bureau Veritas has taken delivery into class the cruise ferry Salamanca, built at China Merchants Jinling in Weihai, China. The dual-fuel cruise ferry will serve the Bay of Biscay route between Portsmouth and Bilbao and Santander on Spain’s north coast.

The Salamanca will be the second of a series of ‘E-Flexer’ vessels to enter service with Brittany Ferries when it enters service in March 2022, and the first to be fuelled by LNG. The first vessel in the series, Galicia, joined the fleet in December 2020.

The 1,015-passenger Salamanca will be operated by Brittany Ferries on a route between Portsmouth in the English Channel and Bilbao and Santander on Spain's Cantabrian coast.

Source: Brittany Ferries

The 1,015-passenger Salamanca will be operated by Brittany Ferries on a route between Portsmouth on the English Channel and Bilbao and Santander on Spain’s Cantabrian coast.

With a length of 214.5 metres, Salamanca has been designed with efficiency and the environment in mind. The vessel is equipped with twin Wärtsilä 12V46DF engines, each generating 13,740 kW. Using LNG as a fuel will significantly improve air quality, by virtually eliminating NOx and particulate matter and reducing CO2 emissions. The ferry will be supplied with LNG in the ports of Bilbao and Santander, enabling round trips between Spain and Portsmouth.

Furthermore, particular attention has been given to its fuel-efficient design, with its long, slender hull and bow, and fine lines delivering excellent seakeeping in all weathers. 

Brittany Ferries plans to deploy a further three LNG-fuelled vessels in the coming years: Santoña will join the fleet in 2023 on the Portsmouth-Santander-Bilbao route, and two hybrid LNG-electric ships will enter service between France and the United Kingdom in time for the 2025 season.

Arnaud Le Poulichet, Technical Director at Brittany Ferries, said: “Renewing our fleet stands as one of the pillars of Brittany Ferries’ recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It goes hand-in-hand with sustainability, and will see the introduction of a range of cleaner vessels that will enable us to reduce our environmental footprint and deliver on our sustainability targets. Since we embarked on LNG ship projects back in 2012, BV has been by our side, listening and working with us to find technical solutions for the operation of our LNG ferries, as well as for LNG bunkering. Spanning over 40 years, our successful partnership with BV is based on mutual trust, and we look forward to our continued work together.”