World’s largest hybrid ship ready to carry passengers between Britain and France

An artist’s impression of Saint-Malo at sea. According to Brittany Ferry will have a battery capacity of 11.5 megawatt-hours.

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According to operator Brittany Ferry, a ship designed to carry passengers between the UK and France in the next few years will be the largest hybrid-vessel ever built.

The Saint-Malo vessel will have a battery capacity of 11.5 megawatt-hours, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. This, the firm added, was “nearly twice what is typically used for hybrid propulsion in marine vessels.”

Brittany Ferry said the ship is to be delivered in 2024. A second Hybrid will join its fleet shortly after traveling between Portsmouth and Kane.

The idea behind hybrid ships is that they can run on liquefied natural gas (fossil fuel), battery power, or a combination of both.

Brittany Ferry said that a total of three hybrid ships were being built by Stena Roro using hybrid technology from a Finnish firm. wartsila,

“The wide battery size will allow the ships to operate at full power, using both propellers and all thrusters to maneuver emissions-free in and out of ports even in inclement weather,” said Hakan Agnewal, CEO of Wartsila.

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Marine-based transportation is no different from other forms of mobility, as it has a considerable environmental footprint.

According to Transport and Environment, an expeditionary group headquartered in Brussels, the ships represent “a significant source of oil consumption and emissions in the European Union”.

Citing an analysis of Eurostat’s data, T&E said EU shipping consumed “12.2% of all transport fuel” in 2019.

Elsewhere, the International Energy Agency says international shipping was responsible for about 2% of the planet’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2020.

With concerns about growing sustainability and major economies and businesses around the world to cut emissions and meet net-zero targets, the sector will need to find new ways to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations.

The work is huge. Earlier this year, the shipping giant’s CEO molar-maersk CNBC admitted that Shifting to “green” fuels will come at a cost, But emphasized the importance of focusing on the bigger picture rather than the short-term pain.

Soren Skow’s comments come a day after his company said it wants the entire business to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the year 2040, 10 years ahead of its previous target.