French ferry and holiday company Brittany Ferries has entered into a deal with STX France for the construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered cruise ferry.
The new ship will cost around €270m and will be the largest in the world. It will also be first in the UK to use LNG, which offers reduced carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission levels and is low in sulphur.
Brittany Ferries group commercial director Mike Bevens said this represents a huge investment which will benefit customers and the environment.
The cruise ferry, which will operate between Portsmouth and St Malo, will replace Brittany’s current flagship vessel, Pont-Aven.
The 210m-long vessel will weigh 52,500t, have 12 decks and will carry 2,474 passengers and 189 crew members.
Cabin capacity will be 675 cabins, including 12 commodore suites, 51 deluxe cabins, 30 pet-friendly cabins and 15 wheelchair-accessible cabins.
Recreational equipment will include an indoor swimming pool, two cinemas, restaurants, pet kennels, a reading lounge, an observation area, spa treatment room with panoramic views and free Wi-Fi throughout.
The ship will carry two children’s play areas, a teenager zone, three bars and a high-tech stage area.
Bevens said that, unlike other forms of transport, ships are different with 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 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,” Bevens added.
The cruise ferry will enter into service in late spring of 2017.
Image: The new cruise ferry will cost around €270m and will be the largest in the world. Photo: courtesy of Brittany Ferries.