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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Brittany Ferries News

Flensburg Shipyard, Spirit of Tasmania Sign LOI

Photo:  Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

TT-Line Company and European shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) have signed a letter of intent (LoI) for the construction of two new ships to replace the current Spirit of Tasmania vessels. TT-Line chairman Mike Grainger said the companies would now commence contract negotiations and agree to final design specifications. “FSG was endorsed by the Board after the company short listed a number of international shipyards to build the new tailor-made vessels,” he said.

Brittany Ferries, Telenor Sign Agreement

Telenor Satellite Services signed a three-year agreement with Brittany Ferries to provide high-speed data communications via satellite. Telenor will provide Ku-Band service for two Brittany vessels, the Val de Loire and Brittany's newest vessel the Pont Aven, with an option to install as many as six additional Sealink systems for the rest of the company's ferry fleet. Operating at speeds up to 192 kbits per second, Telenor's Sealink service provides high-speed data communications. The system now installed aboard the Val de Loire and early in 2004 aboard the new Pont Aven offers one of the industry's most advanced shipboard satellite communications solutions available today complete with the highest reliability for the maritime community.

BV to Class Largest Gas-fuelled Ro-pax Fleet

Image: Bureau Veritas

International classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) is to class a gas-fuelled major ro-ro passenger ferry newbuilding and oversee the conversion of three existing ro-pax ferries to LNG power for Brittany Ferries. A major risk analysis carried out by Bureau Veritas together with Tecnitas was integral to the decision process for Brittany Ferries to switch part of its fleet to gas fuel. Jean Jacques Juenet, passenger ship manager, Bureau Veritas, said, “We are proud to be deeply involved in this major project…

Aker Yards and Brittany Ferries LOI Confirmed as Order

The Letter of Intent (LOI) for a RoRo-passenger ferry signed on December 23 by Aker Yards and the French company Brittany Ferries was confirmed as a firm contract worth approximately $133.24 million. The vessel will be delivered from Aker Yards, Finland in October 2008. The present orderbook of Aker Yards includes another order from Brittany Ferries, i.e. a trailer RoPax worth $96.9 million to be delivered in autumn 2007. The new ferry is designed to carry passengers, cars and road cargo vehicles between France and the United Kingdom at a speed of 23 knots. The 167m x 26.8m vessel, which has been developed in a close co-operation between the owner and the yard, will have space for 1,500 passengers and 1.1 km of vehicle deck space.

GTT Records First Bunkering Order

GTT technology has been chosen by STX France to equip PEGASIS, the new environmental vessel ordered by Brittany Ferries. GTT membrane technology has been selected by STX France to fit out PEGASIS (Power Efficient GAS Innovative Ship), the new environmental ferry propelled with LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), ordered by Brittany Ferries. This innovative vessel will use GTT Mark III insulation system and will be built in Saint-Nazaire, in France. It should be delivered by the end of 2016. In addition, GTT has also been selected to design the tanks of three other Brittany Ferries ships to be converted to LNG propulsion. This order has arrived within the context of new European regulations…

STX Europe Delivers Passenger Ferry for Brittany Ferries

Car-passenger ferry Armorique was delivered on Jan. 26 from STX Europe's Helsinki yard in Finland to the French operator Brittany Ferries. The vessel is worth approximately 110 million euro and has given some 700 manyears of work for the yard. The new type of ferry has been developed by STX Europe in close cooperation with Brittany Ferries. She will be particularly fuel efficient as well as environmentally-friendly by keeping CO2 emissions to a minimum. The vessel is designed to carry passengers, cars and road cargo vehicles between France and the United Kingdom.

Brittany Ferries First for Bureau Veritas

Cap Finistère

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has issued the first of its new voluntary SEEMP notations to the 1,500-passenger and 500-car cruise ferry Cap Finistère, operated by France’s Brittany Ferries. Higher efficiency, lower costs and less environmental impact are all benefits for Brittany Ferries and for everyone in the transport chain. “Proactive ship owners like Brittany Ferries are voluntarily investing in eco-friendly technologies and operational practices,” says Martial Claudepierre, Marine Environmental Leader, Bureau Veritas.

Aker Yards and Brittany Ferries Cofirm Order

The Letter of Intent (LOI) for a RoRo-passenger ferry signed on December 23 by Aker Yards and the French company Brittany Ferries was today confirmed as a firm contract worth approximately 110 million euro. The vessel will be delivered from Aker Yards, Finland in October 2008. The present orderbook of Aker Yards includes another order from Brittany Ferries, i.e. a trailer ropax worth EUR 80 million to be delivered in autumn 2007. The new ferry is designed to carry passengers, cars and road cargo vehicles between France and the United Kingdom at a speed of 23 knots. The 167 m long and 26.8 m wide vessel, which has been developed in a close co-operation between the Owner and the yard, will have space for 1,500 passengers and 1.1 kilometres of vehicle deck space.

Brittany Ferries Order 52,000 gt Gas-Powered Cruise Ferry

Rendering of the new ferry credit Brittany Ferries

Leading French ferry and holiday company, Brittany Ferries, says it has placed an order for a new cruise-ferry that will be its largest yet, and one of the biggest such vessels in the world. Brittany Ferries explain they and STX France have been co-operating for two years on a study regarding the feasibility of powering a cruise-ferry by LNG, with the result that the ship, costing some 270 million euros (£225 million) will be built by STX France in St. Nazaire and she will enter service in late spring 2017.

Aker Yards, Brittany Ferries Sign for New Ferry

Aker Yards and the French company Brittany Ferries have signed a Letter of Intent for the building of a RoRo-passenger ferry worth approximately $130 million for delivery in October 2008. The ferry is designed to carry passengers, private cars and road cargo vehicles between France and the U.K. at a speed of 23 knots. The 167 m long and 26.8 m wide vessel will have space for 1,500 passengers and 1.1 km of vehicle deck space. The new type of ferry has been developed in a close co-operation between the Owner and the yard. "This has been a record year for Aker Yards in Finland: we have published contracts for 12 newbuildings and 7 conversions…

Aker to build Trailer Ropax

Aker Yards and the French company Brittany Ferries have signed a contract for the building of a ropax vessel worth EUR 80 million for delivery in autumn 2007. The contract includes an option of a similar vessel. The vessel will be delivered from the yard in Helsinki, while the blocks will be fabricated mainly in Rauma. "Having delivered two car ferries for Brittany Ferries in the beginning of the 1990`s, we are now very pleased to renew our relationship with the company", said Yrjö Julin, President of Aker Finnyards and responsible for Cruise & Ferries in Aker Yards. The trailer ropax is designed to carry road cargo vehicles between France and The United Kingdom at a speed of 23 knots. The 165 m long and 26.8 m wide vessel has 2.2 kilometres of vehicle deck space and 120 cabins.

Brittany Ferries Commits to Incat Ferry

The U.K.’s Ferry Operator of the Year 2006, Brittany Ferries, has purchased the Incat-built 321 ft. fast ferry Normandie Express in what it says should be taken as an indication of its intention to maintain its English Channel ferry service between the ports of Cherbourg and Portsmouth. Assisted by the broking firms Incat Europe Ltd and London-based Mason Shipbrokers, High Speed Catamarans BV has sold the ferry in a $39.51m deal. Introduced on bareboat charter in 2005, the Normandie Express provides a fast ferry crossing to Cherbourg and Caen from Portsmouth operating from mid-March until mid-November. With crossing times of only 180 minutes to Cherbourg and 225 minutes to Caen…

Brittany Ferries to Exercise with HM Coastguard

While on passage from Portsmouth to Caen, near the Nab Tower, Brittany Ferries’ Mont Saint Michel will report a fire on board. The ship's fire team will then confirm this is a serious incident and the Master will request shore side firefighting assistance from the Coastguard who will coordinate the incident response. A Coastguard helicopter will receive the scramble via the Lee-on-Solent based Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre after an emergency call has been received from the ship. Hampshire Fire and Rescue officers trained in MIRG procedures will then muster at MCA Daedalus and be taken to the vessel by the helicopter where they will be winched aboard together with their equipment ready to fight any fire on board.

Ferries Features MacGregor RoRo Outfit

Brittany Ferries’ new 24,641gt RoPax ferry Armorique will shortly enter service for the Western Channel operator featuring a vehicle access outfit from MacGregor. MacGregor has unrivalled experience in developing marine cargo handling and offshore load-handling solutions, and is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world's leading provider of cargo handling solutions used in local transportation, terminals, ports, distribution centers, and ships. Armorique has been designed specifically to run between Plymouth in the UK and the Breton port of Roscoff in France.

Ferries Blocked By Strike

Five cross-Channel ferries have been blocked in French ports since Monday because of a strike by workers over plans to cut the work week, their operator, Brittany Ferries, said. Several dozen passengers and trucks were stranded in the ports of Ouistreham, Cherbourg and Roscoff because of the strike, a spokesman of the company said. - (Reuters)

Wave Damages Ferry

Brittany Ferries was forced to divert its flagship vessel to a port in northern France last night after it was hit by a freak wave that smashed a cabin window and flooded several cabins. The 41,000-ton Pont-Aven was sailing from Plymouth to the Spanish port of Santander through a force nine gale when it was hit by a wave thought to be 40 ft. high. Most of the 1,149 passengers on the ship, which has 11 decks, were in the ship's restaurant or bar when the wave hit. Britanny Ferries said the wave broke the window of an unoccupied cabin on deck six. According to reports, five passengers and one crew member were treated for minor injuries.

Interferry’s UN, EU Input on Display in Vancouver

Two major examples of Interferry’s growing influence will be highlighted next week at the global trade association’s 39th annual conference in Vancouver. CEO Len Roueche will report on his nomination to a new UN high level advisory group on sustainable transport, while executive director for European Union and IMO affairs Johan Roos will explain a breakthrough by ferry operators in obtaining EU funding to help them comply with the low sulphur rules that enter force in Emission Control Areas next January.

UK Ferries Carried a Million More Last Year

UK ferry routes: Map courtesy of Discover Ferries

Annual 2013 figures show more passengers, cars and coaches carried by the UK ferry industry, compared with 2012, according to figures released by industry body, ‘Discover Ferries’. Britain’s ferry industry showed growth across all its travel sectors last year, with passenger numbers up 2.6% overall to 38 million, all cars carried up 1.1% to 8.37million, and coaches up overall  4.1% to 158,470 -  according to 2013 “Ferrystat” figures, quoted by industry body, ‘Discover Ferries’.

DFDS Seaways Wins Ferry Travel Award

DFDS Ferry: Image courtesy of DFDS Seaways

DFDS Seaways was named “Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator” at the European leg of the 2013 World Travel Awards in Antalya, Turkey, the seventh consecutive year that the ferry company has been recognised for its outstanding service at the World Travel Awards. The 2013 World Travel Awards are recognised worldwide as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry and the premier industry awards programme, with the winners decided by votes from travel industry professionals and consumers. The cruise and passenger ferry firm fought off competition from rival firms Brittany Ferries, Color Line and P&O Ferries.

Aker Yards Integration Process Moves into Implementation Phase

Aker Yards has announced its new business model for its shipyards in business area cruise & ferries. The new business model, presented today to the management and employee representatives, is the result of a 100 days integration process in which 12 task forces in France and Finland have analyzed the two ways of doing shipbuilding. Best practices, efficient organizations and fixed costs were reviewed and compared. This process resulted in about 150 initiatives to be implemented over the next three years worth in the magnitude of 100 million euro in savings, among which some 40 million for Finland. The five main initiatives are the focus on core competencies…

Aker Yards Delivers Independence of the Seas

The third in the series of the Freedom-class cruise vessels for Royal Caribbean was recently delivered in Aker Yards, . The of the Seas features signature elements of its sister ships, Freedom of the Seas and of the Seas. In addition to the innovative comfort amenities there is lots of technical improvement onboard the , e.g. advanced water purification: The state-of-the-art AWP-plant purifies all of the ship's grey and black waters into a degree of being virtually pure drinking water. The separated sludge will be consequently dried and incinerated with other combustible waste. All other waste material generated on board will be landed in ports and nothing - except for that fully purified drain water - will be released into the sea.

Helsinki Yard to Become a Ferry Builder

one of the most cost effective yards for building ferries in the industry. The site in Helsinki has become too small to meet the demand for today's ever growing cruise ship sizes, and expansion of the dry dock is not possible, given the location in the yard in the middle of the city of Helsinki. The activity at the yard has been low since the last cruise ship was delivered in February 2004. As Aker Yards however is determined to continue shipbuilding activities in Helsinki, the plan is to focus on the assembly and outfitting of ferries. Two contracts for building of ferries were recently signed with Tallink and Brittany Ferries. The steel blocks have already for some time been floated on barges to Helsinki from the Turku and Rauma units.

Zodiac Lifeboats at Cruise Shipping Miami

Zodiac’s Open Sea ISO 9650 life raft

Zodiac recently introduced two new products specifically developed for the cruise ship industry: stacking container design and an extended-service life raft. Zodiac will attend Cruise Shipping Miami 2009 from March 17 to 19, on the French Pavilion, booth 1058. Zodiac has developed a full range of life rafts in sizes from 6 to 150 persons that meet International specifications and standards (SOLAS) as adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). In addition, Zodiac…

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