The French company noted that 'Kerry' will operate in the shipping line between Cork to Santander from November 2019 to November 2020.

Secondly, Santoña, will be chartered from Stena, and is included in the company's sustainable goals. The vessel will arrive in 2023, as will sister ship Salamanca, which will be powered by environmentally-friendly LNG.

Brittany Ferries is committed to LNG as the most environmentally-friendly fuelling solution currently available for shipping.

Moreover, the company's first LNG vessel, Honfleur, will commence operations in 2020. For the time being, she is under construction in Germany, and will operate in Portsmouth to Caen shipping route.

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The company's 'green' vessels promise and aim an important reduction in carbon emissions, per passenger, in comparison to the vessels that currently operate between the UK and Spain. In addition to its sustainable plans, the company decreased its weekly round trips from the UK to Spain to four, from the usual five. The company noted that this will achieve fuel consumption and emissions saving, while in the meantime it engages to a 10% improvement in passenger capacity and 28% increase in freight space.

These savings, combined with improved efficiency thanks to better hull design and modern engines, and the use of LNG to power vessels, will realise an estimated saving of around 46% CO2 per passenger compared with current vessels on the company’s long-haul routes.

... the company added.

Concerning LNG refuelling, the company is collaborating with French-based Total, where a containerised LNG will be trucked on board, then lifted into position by on-board cranes where they will replenish Honfleur’s fixed, on-board LNG storage tank. The process will be reversed when mobile tanks are empty.

In light of Spanish operations, Brittany Ferries signed a letter of intent with Spanish energy company Repsol for the delivery of LNG. Under the agreement, the latter will install quayside LNG storage facility at ports in northern Spain.