Alternative power sources can be used not only in road traffic, but also when it comes to transport on water. The French passenger car and freight service Brittany Ferries signed a letter of intent with the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany to construct a new ship powered by LNG, liquid natural gas.

According to Brittany Ferries, their new ferry will be "one of the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly ships to operate in UK waters because LNG emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than marine fuel oil and burns with no smoke." And not only that, LNG is also free of sulphur and is very low in nitrogen oxide emissions.

The new ship with 257 cabins will be able to host 1,680 passengers. It is expected to launch in 2019 on the Portsmouth­-Caen route, which is the busiest route for the company, as 70 per cent of all Brittany Ferries passengers use it.

In 2016 alone, more than 2.4 million passengers travelled with the company.

Jan. 4, 2017 Driving photo: Brittany Ferries

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