Wartsila and Incat Tasmania join forces with Brittany Ferries for green maritime solutions

   May 31, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

Brittany Ferries, Wartsila, and Incat Tasmania have established a collaborative partnership to investigate the technical specifications and design aspects for a 137-meter, zero-emissions vessel.

This initiative aligns with Brittany Ferries' ongoing fleet modernization efforts, which encompass the introduction of 5 new ferries into their fleet between 2020 and 2025. Notably, two of these vessels are LNG-powered ships already in operation, while two are LNG-electric hybrids equipped for shore power.

Wartsila, a key supplier in Brittany Ferries' fleet renewal project, has provided LNG engines for new-generation Ro-Pax ferries like Salamanca and Santona. Furthermore, Wartsila is facilitating the installation of LNG-hybrid drivetrains for upcoming hybrid vessels, scheduled for deployment in Europe by the year's end.

Brittany Ferries has a prior history with Incat Tasmania, having operated one of their fast ferries, the Normandie Express, from 2005 until 2021. Presently, the vessel is chartered by Brittany Ferries to Condor Ferries and operates under the name Condor Voyager, serving the Saint Malo-Channel Islands routes.

Incat has recently collaborated with DFDS Seaways to conduct a design assessment aimed at developing a new electric-hybrid ferry. The proposed 72-meter vessel, designed with the capability to transition to full electric power, is well-suited for various ferry routes throughout Europe.