Stena’s LNG-powered ferry Salamanca almost complete

China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Weihai is nearing completion of Stena’s LNG-powered ferry Salamanca which will serve French shipping firm Brittany Ferries.

The E-Flexer class ship has completed its gas trials during the weekend and Jinling would now work to prepare the vessel for its delivery to the owner, the yard said in a statement.

It did not provide information on the delivery date.

Jinling launched this LNG-powered ferry in January this year. Also, Sinopec completed the first LNG bunkering operation to the vessel in September, ahead of its sea and gas trials.

Stena's LNG-powered ferry Salamanca almost complete
Image: China Merchants Jinling Shipyard

This is the second in a batch of three E-Flexer class ships Brittany Ferries chartered from Stena.

Brittany Ferries previously said the LNG-fueled Salamanca would join the fleet in 2022 with the third ship Santona following in 2023.

The new Ro-pax vessels will operate services between the UK and Spain.

In addition, Brittany Ferries and Sweden’s Stena RoRo signed another deal earlier this year for two new LNG-powered ferries, boosting the total to four.

Both of the 194 meters long hybrid vessels will sail on LNG but they will also feature batteries and shore-side power. Jinling will construct these vessels as well.

These vessels will join Brittany Ferries in 2024 and 2025.

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