FSG readies biggest LNG cruise ferry

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German shipyard FSG is readying what is described as Europe’s largest LNG cruise ferry after finally delivering its most complex RoRo passenger ship to date, writes Tom Todd.

The 187.4 x 31m, 42,400gt Honfleur is being completed at the Flensburg facility for sea-trials due in March. Jean-Marc Roué, President of owners Brittany Ferries, said the ship “is the first French passenger ship to be powered by LNG” and “will be the largest and most modern LNG ferry in Europe”. Honfleur was launched in December. Delivery is expected in May with service between Portsmouth and Caen from July.

The move to LNG follows a €90 million EU-supported investment in scrubber retro-fits at Brittany Ferries. Honfleur will however not have scrubbers installed, spokesman Christopher Jones told Maritime Journal because “the plan is to operate on LNG”.

The newbuild has four DF (MGO and LNG) Wärtsilä engines of total 29,700kW feeding electric generators and two shaft motors driving fixed propellers. It also has two 2,000kW bow thrusters, a 2,000kW stern thruster and two flap rudders.No further details were revealed.

Finally due into service with Irish Ferries meanwhile following a five month delay in delivery, was the €150 million, 54,975gt cruise ferry W.B.Yeats.

It has a diesel-mechanical propulsion system comprising four MaK (Caterpillar Marine) 8M 43C engines each of 8,400kW, Siemens GVL 1700 reduction gearboxes and shaft- linked CAT MPP 1700 cp propellers. It also has three CAT 8M 20C auxiliariary diesels, a Mitsubishi S12R-M emergency generator and three Brunvoll FU 93 tunnel thrusters.

The 194.6 x 31.6m W.B.Yeats, described by FSG as the biggest and most complex ship it has built, had originally been due into service last July as the first of two for Irish Ferries. FSG Managing Director Rüdiger Fuchs originally cited delivery problems with interior components and hull and deckhouse electrical installations as the reason for the delay. In September last year however FSG said interiors were “nearly” complete and that the building focus was on the electrical system installation. In a bizarre twist in October, it also reported suspected sabotage.

The second Irish ship, for delivery next year, will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity. With 5,600 lane m, it will reportedly cost more than €160 million.

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