Brittany Ferries has marked two key milestones in its €550 million fleet renewal programme.
At the AVIC Weihai shipyard in Shandong, eastern China, shipyard workers and Brittany Ferries teams gathered to celebrate the launch of cruise-ferry Galicia, and the start of building work for sister ship Salamanca.
The 215-metre long hull of Galicia was majestically floated out at a traditional Chinese ship-launching ceremony.
Then, alongside in the building dock, the very first steel was cut for fleet mate Salamanca marking the beginning of the ship’s construction.
When complete, the two ships will serve Brittany Ferries’ long-haul routes connecting Portsmouth to Santander and Bilbao in northern Spain, with Galicia due to enter service in late 2020 followed by Salamanca in spring 2022.
They will be joined a year later by a third sister ship, to be named Santoña.
“It gives me great pleasure to be here in China today to celebrate the launch of Galicia and the start of work on Salamanca,” said Brittany Ferries chief executive, Christophe Mathieu.
“Our customers rightly expect our fleet to be modern, comfortable and efficient, with the promise of minimal environmental impact from operations and we can only achieve this aim with the very…