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  1. It has been confirmed that BF will charter one of the Stena E-Flexer ships, which will enter service in 2021.
  2. It must have been a slow news day in Plymouth today...
  3. Next years schedules will be released in 6 weeks according to a tweet today.
  4. There were spectacular scenes in St Nazaire yesterday as Queen Mary 2 returned to the port as part of the cities celebrations - marking 100 since American Soldiers landed in WWI. At 7pm this evening QM2 and four Trimarans will embark on a race across the Atlantic to New York. More info: A video of her arrival (and impressive berthing) can be viewed here:
  5. Now officially in English - Christophe Mattieu was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 this morning talking about the Honfleur and the impact of Brexit. It is now available on iPlayer (starts 18mins 30 seconds in).
  6. Santander's long awaited arts and exhibition centre officially opens this Friday (23rd June 2017). Occupying the former ferry port car lanes, the arts centre was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano, in collaboration with Luis Vidal and Architects and is seen by many as Santanders answer to Bilbao's Guggenheim. More info can be found here:
  7. A press release has now been issued (in French): Google Translation: Brittany Ferries is pleased to confirm the construction of a new ferry will join its fleet of 10 ships. The ship "Honfleur" will be one of the most environmentally friendly ships operating on the Channel, when it comes into service in June 2019. The vessel, which will be exploited on the Caen-Ouistreham / Portsmouth line, the busiest will offer passengers a service combining modernity, comfort and relaxation. The ship "Honfleur" will be built in Germany at the FSG shipyard (Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft), over the next two years and will be propelled Liquefied natural gas (LNG). Unlike diesel or heavy fuel oil, natural gas generates less carbon dioxide during combustion. It does not contain any sulfur and emits little oxides of nitrogen and fine particles. It will be able to carry 1,680 passengers and will have 257 cabins, two cinemas, restaurants, shops and vast spaces passengers. The "Honfleur" and the "Mont St Michel" (commissioned in 2002) will carry out three daily trips between Ouistreham and Portsmouth. "Honfleur" will replace "Normandie" which will be assigned to the Le Havre-Portsmouth line. Jean-Marc Roué, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said: "The significant investment we make reflects our Commitment to develop the regions we serve, bind peoples and reduce the environmental impact of our fleet. Despite the challenges posed by the Brexit, we remain confident in the future: the construction of this new vessel, the first since that of Armorique in 2009, is the proof. The overall budget is currently being finalized, we have set maximum of EUR 200 million. ' The construction of the "Honfleur" represents a new stage in the ecological transition of the Company. It follows a investment of EUR 90 million for the installation of exhaust gas purifiers on six of its vessels in 2015 and 2016. 85% of Brittany Ferries' passengers are British. The company carries nearly 2.7| Million on its routes serving Great Britain, France, Spain and Ireland. Caen-Portsmouth is the more than one million passengers, 300,000 cars and more than 100,000 freight units per year. Ship's propulsion Christophe MATHIEU, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brittany Ferries, said: "It is important that we invest in new technologies and new vessels that respect the environment in which we operate. Similarly, we must not forget That our customers expect us to be comfortable, pleasant and adapted to the digital age. These objectives are compatible believe that the ship "Honfleur" will create a new reference for ferries sailing in the Channel. " Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a cleaner fuel than gas oil (see below the advantages of LNG). In addition, LNG associated with electric diesel propulsion are also quieter, more efficient and produce less vibration, which ensures a more enjoyable passenger ride. In order to cope with the specificities of the LNG infrastructure, in particular the lack of LNG bunkers in ports serviced by ships, Brittany Ferries has teamed up with TOTAL to devise an innovative and innovative solution based in France. Honfleur will be the first passenger ship in the world to have a LNG logistics container loading 40 feet portico. Containers will be transported by truck from the LNG terminal to the port and then rolled on board using a gantry designed and designed specifically for this vessel to supply a fixed LNG storage tank located at the rear of the superstructure. Once emptied, they will go down to the next stop - in Ouistreham - then recovered and replaced by full containers. The mode of propulsion of the "Honfleur" will be different from that of the other ships of the fleet. Its four main engines powered to the natural gas will provide the energy required for the two electric propulsion motors, a propulsion configuration of the "diesel "widely available on cruise ships that improves both passenger comfort and consumption at reduced speeds. Advantages of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) The "Honfleur" will not be the first ship to be propelled with LNG but it will be the biggest ship of this type exploited in the English Channel. LNG-powered ferries are already in operation in the Baltic Sea and this technology has proved its worth. As the name suggests, Liquefied Natural Gas comes from a process through which a liquid is created from a natural gas. It is cooled to -162 ° C, allowing it to be condensed to LNG by reducing its volume by a factor of nearly 600. The liquid thus obtained is colorless and odorless and many cars and commercial vehicles currently in circulation are already running to LNG. The combustion process is more efficient than the combustion of traditional fossil fuels and represents a reduction Of 25% carbon dioxide. In addition, it also eliminates sulfur emissions and drastically reduces sulfur emissions. Emissions of nitrogen oxide and fine particulate matter. Unlike diesel or heavy fuel oil, its combustion does not emit soot. The use of LNG on passenger ships is becoming widespread. It must comply with a series of regulations known Name of the IGF Code of the International Maritime Organization. Many security aspects come directly from the industry of LNG carriers who have not experienced any major accidents in the past 40 years. These vessels may carry Up to 120 000 m3 of LNG, the "Honfleur", meanwhile, will carry "only" a maximum of 350 m3. LNG is clearly the energy of the future, its use is advocated by regulators and those concerned with the environment. The Roadmap of the European Commission for Energy to 2050 cites natural gas as one of the to be developed by 2050. Passenger spaces Passenger spaces will also be equipped with a range of digital innovations, but the principles that define each of our ships, namely well-being, culture and relaxation, will always be present. 1,000 original works of art embellish the ships of our fleet and the "Honfleur" will continue to perpetuate this tradition through the exhibition of works of artists regional. The "Honfleur" restaurant offers two dining options: an à la carte restaurant and self-service. The ingredients used will be locally produced and the prepared dishes on board will be of quality. There will also be a tea room that will reproduce the atmosphere "Culture-café" currently very in vogue ... and of course a bar! Two cinemas will screen the latest films and you will be able to find the latest news in fashion or technology in the shops. The children are not to be outdone: the "Honfleur" will devote to them spaces of games and spaces to become the Commanding Officer of the ship and to pilot virtually the "Honfleur" on a big screen ! WiFi will be available in all passenger spaces, including public spaces, cabins, exterior decks and bridges, cars, a first for Brittany Ferries. All cabins will have TV. The cameras positioned at the front and The rear will allow passengers to follow the progress of the ship. The information desk will be adapted to the digital age. It will be designed to simplify communication and provide passengers with information on their destination, the ship and also allow them to book their future crossings. Large screens will enable them to discover the services available on board, visits not to be missed once they reach their destination, train connections ... - and to consult the recommendations left by the other passengers. Additional information on all interior spaces will be available at a later date. Name of vessel Honfleur is a commune on the south bank of the Seine estuary, known for its picturesque lanes and narrow houses. Situated between two hills, it nestles in a green setting. She has inspired many artists, writers and musicians. Brittany Ferries is proud that its new ship bears the name of this magnificent destination. The Ecole de Honfleur, an artistic movement that included Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin (a native of Honfleur), Importance on the Impressionist Movement. Some of the paintings they have made of the city are exhibited at the Museum Eugene Boudin. Honfleur is home to many other museums, including the Maritime Museum, the Ethnography Museum and the Satie Houses, which attest to the Rich historical past of the city. As for the Ste Catherine church, it is the largest church in France built of wood. The Portsmouth / Caen line On June 6, 1986, Brittany Ferries inaugurated its first commercial crossing between Caen and Portsmouth. Traffic on this line now accounts for 38% of the 2.7 million passengers that the company carries each year between France, Britain, Spain and Ireland. The first to tread the Norman soil that day was bagpipes and veteran Bill Millin. 42 years earlier the one who was then nicknamed "Piper Bill" sounded his bagpipes on the landing beaches as the battle raged around him. "Over the past 40 years, Portsmouth has become the core of Brittany Ferries, serving four Normandy and Brittany, "said Mike Bevens, Group Sales Director. "But the Caen line has a special place in the Heart of the staff of Brittany Ferries and its passengers. It is the most popular line, the one that carries the most passengers and it is the gateway to the most beautiful French tourist destinations, including Honfleur. Caen and Portsmouth are now officially twinned, a sign of the strong links between the two cities since the opening of the line thirty years ago. More than one million passengers use this line each year. Key construction dates Brittany Ferries is pleased to have signed the contract for the construction of the "Honfleur" with the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellshaft in Germany. Several key steps are planned for the next two years: Finalization of the theme of interior decoration: Summer 2017 Cutting the first sheet: February 2018 Installation of the keel: June 2018 Flooding: November 2018 Sea trials: March 2019 Delivery / Baptismal Ceremony: April 30, 2019 Commissioning: Early June 2019 Technical characteristics Length: 187.4 meters Width: 31 meters Max Draft: 6.6 meters Gross tonnage: 42,200 tonnes Number of decks: 11 Passengers: 1,680 Passenger cabins: 257 Passenger spaces: 5,200 m2 Vehicle Rolling: 2,600 linear meters (130 freight trailers or 550 cars and 64 freight trailers) Working speed: 22 knots
  8. Its confirmed. The new vessel will be named 'Honfleur'.