Brittany Ferries invests £60m to install scrubber into its green fleet

5 April 2016 (Last Updated April 5th, 2016 18:30)

Cross Channel ferry firm Brittany Ferries reveals its eco-friendly green fleet following a £60m investment in fitting scrubbers in its ferries.

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Cross Channel ferry firm Brittany Ferries reveals its eco-friendly green fleet following a £60m investment in fitting scrubbers in its ferries.

Brittany Ferries is one of five European ferry companies granted EU aid totalling £33.8m to fit scrubbers to their vessels, according to a report by TheHerald.

The scrubbers are vast and technically-complex exhaust systems that separate the content of sulphur in fuel emissions and reduce the particulate output.

“Today we are still largely owned by the collective of French farmers who launched the company more than 40 years ago.”

Over a period of 18 months, the investment was made to incorporate scrubbers to six cruise-ferries, with Pont-Aven and Armorique being the last.

Work on the Pont-Aven cruise ferry was conducted at Gdansk shipyard, Poland, and the scrubbers to be fitted into the vessel will be monitored by engineers over the next few weeks.

The work of fitting scrubbers into the cruise vessel Armorique was conducted in the Astander shipyard, Spain.

A collective expenditure of around £30m has been incurred while fitting scrubbers into the two cruise ferries.

Brittany Ferries group commercial director Mike Bevens said: "Today we are still largely owned by the collective of French farmers who launched the company more than 40 years ago, with the aim of linking territories and improving trade.

"These aims have always been framed by a will to respect the environments in which we operate and this significant investment is testament to our on-going commitment."

Last year Brittany Ferries’ cruiseships Mont St Michel and Normandie were fitted with sulphur reducing scrubbers, which has resulted in a sulphur emission-free route between Portsmouth and Caen, which ferries nearly a million passengers each year and is a popularly explored route by the company.

Barfleur, which lies on the Poole to Cherbourg route, and Cap Finistère carrying passengers across the wildlife-rich Bay of Biscay en route to Spain, is also benefitted from the emission-reduction technology.

The company is also adopting other measures to conserve the maritime environment, which include cutting carbon dioxide emissions while sailing, taking freight traffic off the roads, having all vessels fitted with water treatment units, and using anti-fouling paints.


Image: Brittany Ferries fitted sulphur reducing scrubbers into its fleet. Photo: courtesy of Brittany Ferries.