Honfleur will be built by the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellshaft shipyard in Germany and feature four engines which will feed electric generators and two electric propulsion motors with two fixed pitch efficient propellers.Christophe Mathieu, CEO of Brittany Ferries, said: “It is important that we invest in new technologies and new vessels that respect the environment in which we operate.
Equally, we must not forget that our customers expect Brittany Ferries ships to be comfortable, relaxing and adapted to the digital age. These objectives are compatible and I believe Honfleur will set a new standard for ferries operating on the Channel.”The sulphur-free vessel is expected to be the most environmentally-friendly ship operating on the English Channel and will have very low emissions of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. It will also have lower levels of carbon dioxide than diesel following combustion, in addition to burning with no smoke.Upon Honfleur’s arrival, Brittany Ferries’ cruise-ferry Normandie will move east to serve the Portsmouth-Le Havre route.“Honfleur will be the first full-service cruise ferry to embrace the digital age,” added Mike Bevens, Brittany Ferries commercial director.
“She will reaffirm our position as a class-leading operator thanks to LNG propulsion and an interior that has been carefully considered to meet the needs of everyone. It’s a huge step forward for us, a clear statement of our intent for the future and a reassuring signal for our customers, 8 in 10 of whom are British.”The announcement comes as Brittany Ferries reports that in 2016 overall passenger numbers were up for the fourth consecutive year.