Brittany Ferries’ 2nd LNG-fueled E-Flexer Salamanca delivered
Swedish ferry operator Stena RoRo has delivered LNG-powered E-Flexer cruise ferry Salamanca to French shipping company Brittany Ferries.
The Salamanca launched at CMI Jingling shipyard in Weihai, China, on 6 January 2021. Its delivery took place on 30 November 2021.
This is the second of five ships in the E-Flexer class that Stena RoRo ordered for Brittany Ferries. The first one, named Galicia, entered the service in December 2020.
The new vessel is also the sixth E-Flexer of twelve that Stena ordered from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling.
Brittany Ferries chartered Salamanca on a long-term basis. The ship features LNG dual-fuel engines and it is the first ship in the E-Flexer series with gas engines.
“The Salamanca is special because she is the first in the E-Flexer series to be delivered with LNG propulsion,” says Per Westling, CEO for Stena RoRo. “The design has been adapted to Brittany Ferries’ special requirements and the yard has yet again been able to deliver according to schedule despite the ongoing pandemic.”
“Fleet renewal is key to our business strategy,” said Christophe Mathieu, CEO BF. “It is one of the pillars that will drive our recovery from the Covid crisis and deliver another successful 50 years for Brittany Ferries. So it is with gratitude that we thank our partners at Stena RoRo and everyone involved in her construction.”
Stena RoRo has an agreement with the French shipping company for long-term charters of three more LNG-fueled vessels in the Stena E-Flexer series. All are up for delivery from 2023 to 2025.