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Port director welcomes Salamanca

Salamanca entering Portsmouth

This weekend we are honoured to host the UK’s first LNG ferry, launched by Brittany Ferries as they embark on a future of shipping that looks towards making sustainable environmental choices.

The Salamanca, powered by LNG – a cleaner form of gas that emits virtually no sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide or particulate emissions, following combustion, is the latest addition to Brittany Ferries’ fleet serving routes mainly between Portsmouth and Bilbao.

 It comes as no surprise to say that the past couple of years have been incredibly difficult for the travel industry, which is why the Salamanca’s arrival feels all the more poignant and is a boost of optimism for the industry.

Shipping is an industry I feel proud to have spent my career in, it has been at the forefront of new technology and continues showcase innovative opportunities – only earlier this week the port hosted SHAPE UK’s impressive demonstration of new hydrogen technology to fuel ships.

The pandemic has shown how important shipping is to trade and travel, and those working within it are passionate and sincere.

We are proud to have worked with Brittany Ferries for nearly 50 years. A business launched by French farmers, who remain involved leading the company to this day. Being French owned is central to their values, and as a French flagged vessel with French crew they are proud of this commitment to their identity. They are our partner as well as our customer and we value working alongside and look forward to supporting them for years to come.

Pictured: Mike Sellers who is the port director at Portsmouth International Port.
Commissioned by Jim Hedge for the Guardian

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