World’s Largest Hybrid Ferry To Be Launched Between Britain And France

The Saint Malo ferry, which will be the largest hybrid ferry in the world, will be launched in 2024 by the French ferry company Brittany Ferries on routes that run between Portsmouth and Saint Malo. Liquefied natural gas and an electric battery will both be used to power the vehicle.

According to Brittany Ferries, the Saint Malo’s battery capacity of 11.5 MWh is « almost double than that utilized in hybrid engines on seagoing boats. »

Brittany Ferries has placed an order for three hybrid ferries, which are being constructed by the Danish shipbuilder StenaRoRo utilizing hybrid technology from Wartsila in Finland. The second ferry, which will travel between Plymouth and Caen, will launch soon after Saint Malo.

Hybrid ships are already in operation, and switching seagoing ships to cleaner energy sources has been proposed for a long time. 2% of all energy-related CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, according to the International Energy Agency, come from marine transport.

source: maritime-executive.com

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