History and specification of Honfleur

Helping the environment: our first LNG-powered ferry 


It's not just a problem faced by the shipping sector. How will you introduce a hydrogen car if there aren't any hydrogen re-fuelling stations? For us, the lack of LNG (liquefied natural gas) storage facilities in ports was not going to stop the development of a class-leading ship, powered by this greener, cleaner fuel. Our technical team worked with Total to find the solution.


Honfleur will be the first passenger ship in the world to be equipped with on board cranes that allow 40 feet (ISO standard) LNG containers to be lifted into a fixed position. Containers will be transported by truck from an LNG terminal to Ouistreham and then driven on board. They will then be hoisted into position alongside a fixed LNG storage tank located at the rear of the superstructure. Upon the next call at port, empty containers will be removed and replenished with full units.


Although Honfleur is not the first ship to be powered by LNG, she will be the first regularly operating on the Channel. Ferry services powered by LNG already operate in the Baltic Sea and the technology is tried, tested and safe. This is colourless and odourless, and many thousands of cars and commercial vehicles are currently fuelled by LNG. It's a more efficient combustion process than burning traditional fossil fuels, with around 25% fewer carbon dioxide emissions. More significant benefits come from the fact that emissions are sulphur-free and there is a significant reduction in nitrogen dioxide and PM (particulate matter).

There are other key benefits too: a smoother ride for passengers, with less vibration and noise.