Shipping & Shipbuilding News - 26/01/2009 - The Brightest Maritime Daily

Brittany Ferries takes delivery of new ship
ARMORIQUE delivered from STX Europe Helsinki...

On 26 January 2009 STX Europe delivered the new car-passenger ferry ARMORIQUE to the French operator Brittany Ferries.

The vessel is worth approximately 110 million euro and has provided 700 workers at the yard with many years of work.

The ferry is designed to carry passengers, cars and road cargo vehicles between France and the United Kingdom at a speed of 23 knots. She was designed specifically for the Plymouth-Roscoff route.

"STX Europe is proud to have built this state-of-the-art ferry incorporating the very latest environmental technology for Brittany Ferries", said Martin Landtman, President of STX Finland Cruise Oy. "We are the market leader in the world ferry market, and in all our new vessels we have special focus on ecological alternatives and energy economy"

The 168.3 m long and 26.8 m wide vessel, which has been developed in a close co-operation between the Brittany Ferries and the Helsinki shipyard in Finland, will have space for 1,500 passengers and 1.1 kilometres of vehicle deck space.

Armorique is the ancient name for coastal north-western France (or Gaul) meaning "the country which faces the sea" as well as the name of a national park in Brittany. This is not the first ferry in the Brittany Ferries fleet to bear this name. The previous Armorique operated from 1975 to 1992.

"Unlike aircraft, each ship has its own character and Armorique is no exception. We take great care with the design and décor to provide our passengers with an environment which is both comfortable and stylish, and our designers have followed a theme that reflects the 'colours and space of Brittany' to give this ship a very modern feel. One of the great luxuries when travelling nowadays is space and, whilst this commands a huge premium when travelling by air, it is something that all passengers on Armorique will be able to benefit from. We are confident that passengers will enjoy travelling on her." says David Longden, Managing Director of Brittany Ferries.

The hull of the vessel is identical to that of the COTENTIN (qv earlier report in Shipping Times UK) delivered from STX Europe in Helsinki in 2007. The only difference in the vessels' appearance is that Armorique has a much larger upper deck passenger area.

Brittany Ferries is an old customer to the STX Europe yards. In addition to the two above mentioned, the car-passenger ferries MS Normandie and MS Barfleur were delivered to their fleet in 1992 from the Turku and Helsinki yards of STX Europe.

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