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Hot plasma splits steel, as Brittany Ferries' Honfleur takes shape

Press Release:

White-hot plasma jets cut through sheets of steel at the FSG shipyard in Germany today. The steel cutting ceremony marks the first step in the construction of Brittany Ferries’ Honfleur, a ship that will take little over a year to complete. By June 2019, the metal being cut today will form part of a complex and complete 42,400 gross-tonne vessel, powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), making her first crossing from Portsmouth to Caen.

“This is a very exciting day for everyone at Brittany Ferries,” commented Christophe Mathieu, Brittany Ferries CEO speaking from the yard. “In little over one year, a mighty ship will rise, ready to carry passengers in comfort, style and on the cleanest vessel regularly operating on the Channel. Today’s ceremony is like a glimpse into the future of sustainable ferry travel. It is a future that is not so far away for millions of holidaymakers and freight customers.”
 
Brittany Ferries will tell the story of the build through a new website, www.destinationhonfleur.com . It will host regular news updates, video interviews and a stunning gallery featuring shipbuilding and destination imagery, all free to download in high res.

Steel cutting, of course, is not the start of the process. Before Honfleur is built in steel, she is built virtually.  Every other cut and weld has been carefully planned, along with the countless other operations required to build such a complex craft. For shipbuilding in the 21st century is as much about CAD design, complexity management and logistics as it is about forming steel.

When complete, Honfleur will carry up to 1,680 passengers, 550 cars and 64 trailers and come with 261 cabins, two cinemas, restaurants, boutique shopping and expansive passenger lounges. Wi-Fi will come as standard in all areas of the ship, including cabins and access from the car decks to passenger areas will be made as easy as possible for all passengers.

She will be the first ferry regularly operating on the English Channel, powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas). This fuel emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than diesel and burns with no smoke. It is entirely free of sulphur and produces very low emissions of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter.  Her dual fuel engines coupled with LNG-electric propulsion will bring further efficiency, as well as a smoother and quieter ride for passengers.

Overseeing the project is naval architect Brice Robinson, working on his fifth vessel for the company. He is based in Germany with a team for the duration of the build. “Building a ship is a little like cooking,” he summarised. “It’s a recipe that requires the same quality ingredients, but you optimise the mix every time during its preparation. And with experience, you make it better and better.”

Project milestones:
Steel cutting: March 2018
Keel laying: August 2018
Launch: December 2018
Sea trials: March 2019
Delivery /naming ceremony: May 2019
Entry into service: June 2019

 

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For anyone who gets the CV newsletter, they would see artist impressions of what the new cabins etc will looks like....  She  certainly looks like an impressive ship!

 

 

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On 12/03/2018 at 21:40, daves_pad! said:

For anyone who gets the CV newsletter, they would see artist impressions of what the new cabins etc will looks like....  She  certainly looks like an impressive ship!

 

 

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Assuming that is a 'Business Class / First Class' type cabin? 

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A “Deluxe cabin” ideal for the Caen route imo, not too large but well appointed for 4 people on a 6 hour crossing, I personally would be happy to pay a bit extra for a cabin like that.

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On 3/14/2018 at 18:46, Danish Ferry Person said:

Assuming that is a 'Business Class / First Class' type cabin? 

Dude! Where's my hot tub?!

I have yet to see a ferry cabin with a hot tub/Jacuzzi in real life. Doesn't Viking Grace have some? Has anyone experienced one?

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1 hour ago, hf_uk said:

Dude! Where's my hot tub?!

I have yet to see a ferry cabin with a hot tub/Jacuzzi in real life. Doesn't Viking Grace have some? Has anyone experienced one?

I've stayed in the Ocean suite on Grace which is like nothing else I've experienced, stunning. It's didn't have a whirlpool bath or sauna like a couple of her other suites have but it does have 2 toilets.

Both Stena Germanica & Stena Scandinavica sailing from Kiel have panorama jacuzzi suites. They're not beyond the realms of affordability either at £260 with breakfast and the usual added extras, floor to ceiling windows too. They also have terrace suites.

I'm already plotting for these two to be my birthday trip in 2019, 2020 will hopefully be Megastar.

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On 14/03/2018 at 19:03, neilcvx said:

A “Deluxe cabin” ideal for the Caen route imo, not too large but well appointed for 4 people on a 6 hour crossing, I personally would be happy to pay a bit extra for a cabin like that.

I think it would also be great for larger groups travelling together (maybe families with older kids?) where not everyone needs a berth, but it serves as a private space to meet and relax.

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On 21/03/2018 at 13:32, jonno said:

I've stayed in the Ocean suite on Grace which is like nothing else I've experienced, stunning. It's didn't have a whirlpool bath or sauna like a couple of her other suites have but it does have 2 toilets.

Both Stena Germanica & Stena Scandinavica sailing from Kiel have panorama jacuzzi suites. They're not beyond the realms of affordability either at £260 with breakfast and the usual added extras, floor to ceiling windows too. They also have terrace suites.

I'm already plotting for these two to be my birthday trip in 2019, 2020 will hopefully be Megastar.

You could be on Megastar’s sister a year or two later by the sounds of things.  Tallink are said to be looking into it at least.  The cabins onboard the Kiel (not) sisters look very impressive.

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On 21/03/2018 at 15:45, penguin said:

I think it would also be great for larger groups travelling together (maybe families with older kids?) where not everyone needs a berth, but it serves as a private space to meet and relax.

I’ve used a “Superfast Suite” on the cairnryan vessels for this purpose.  Nice as a base camp and if anyone wants to lie down or get some peace and quiet they can do so.  Also cheaper than paying for Stena plus for everyone in a group 👀.

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