Brittany Ferries, Wärtsilä, And Incat Partner To Develop Zero-Emissions Ferry


  • Brittany Ferries, Wärtsilä, and Incat have partnered to design a 137-meter zero-emissions ferry.
  • This initiative aligns with Brittany Ferries’ ongoing fleet renewal, featuring LNG-powered and hybrid vessels, and aims to explore sustainable propulsion for shorter ferry routes.

In a significant move towards sustainable maritime transport, Brittany Ferries, Wärtsilä, and Incat have signed a partnership agreement to explore the design and technical requirements for a 137-meter zero-emissions ferry. This collaboration highlights the commitment of leading maritime companies to innovation and environmental responsibility as they aim to reduce emissions and meet global sustainability goals.

Partnership for Zero-Emissions

The newly formed partnership between Brittany Ferries, Wärtsilä, and Incat focuses on developing a zero-emissions craft that aligns with Brittany Ferries’ ambitious fleet renewal program. With the completion of five new vessels between 2020 and 2025, including LNG-powered ships and LNG-electric hybrids, the company is at the forefront of the maritime industry’s shift towards cleaner energy.

Wärtsilä’s Role in Fleet Renewal

Wärtsilä, a key supplier in Brittany Ferries’ fleet renewal, has equipped the Salamanca and Santoña with LNG engines. Additionally, Wärtsilä is installing LNG-hybrid drivetrains in new hybrid vessels set to operate in Europe by the end of 2024. This experience positions Wärtsilä as an essential partner in the zero-emissions ferry project.

Historical Collaboration and Future Goals

Brittany Ferries and Incat have a long-standing relationship, exemplified by the delivery of the fast-ferry Normandie Express in 2005. The vessel operates between St Malo and the Channel Islands under charter to Condor Ferries as Condor Voyager. Brittany Ferries’ CEO, Christophe Mathieu, emphasized the importance of trusted partners in achieving the company’s net-zero goals by 2050.

“This is an important project as we look at different ways to reach net zero by 2050,” said Mathieu. “All-electric power is a potential solution, best suited to shorter ferry routes. Trusted partners will help us scope it out and move quickly upon completion.”

Wärtsilä’s Technological Expertise

Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä Marine, highlighted the company’s commitment to developing integrated solutions for sustainable maritime transport. “Ferries play a vital role in meeting the growing demand for environmentally sustainable transport options,” said Holm. “We value our long-term relationship with Brittany Ferries and Incat, sharing a joint commitment to accelerate the industry towards net-zero emissions shipping.”

Incat’s Sustainable Shipbuilding

Incat, renowned for its expertise in constructing aluminum passenger and vehicle ferries, is leveraging its experience in battery electric propulsion and lightweight vessel design to contribute to the project. Stephen Casey, Incat’s CEO, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration. “We know that battery electric propulsion coupled with lightweight aluminum vessels is the ideal choice to eliminate emissions,” said Casey. “We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with both Brittany Ferries and Wärtsilä.”

Wärtsilä Marine

Wärtsilä Marine is a global leader in power, propulsion, and lifecycle solutions for the maritime industry, advancing the transition to new fuels and developing technologies that support sustainable shipping. The company’s comprehensive offerings include engines, hybrid technology, exhaust treatment, and digital solutions, all designed to enhance efficiency and reduce environmental impact.


Incat has been at the forefront of designing and constructing aluminum ferries for over four decades. Based in Tasmania, where energy is sourced entirely from renewables, Incat is dedicated to producing zero-emission vessels. Recognized as one of Australia’s Best Managed Companies, Incat continues to innovate in sustainable maritime transport.

Brittany Ferries

Founded in 1972, Brittany Ferries has grown from a freight-only service to a major player in cross-channel passenger and freight transport. The company’s commitment to reducing road congestion and emissions, alongside its investment in LNG and hybrid ships, underscores its dedication to sustainable ferry travel.

This collaboration between Brittany Ferries, Wärtsilä, and Incat represents a significant step towards achieving zero-emissions maritime transport, with the potential to set new standards in environmental sustainability for the industry.

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Source: Brittany Ferries