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Brittany Ferries abandons new engine plans

The Barfleur ferry Image copyright Raymond Knapman
Image caption The Poole-Cherbourg Barfleur ferry will switch to diesel

Brittany Ferries has abandoned plans to fit new engines to several of its ships because of the cost involved.

The company had planned to spend £320m on fitting the engines to six of its ships because of new EU regulations on sulphur emissions.

The ships would have run on liquefied natural gas, which is less polluting than the heavy fuel oil used today.

Instead, the company plans to switch the ships to diesel fuel and fit filters to funnels to clean emissions.

Brittany Ferries announced the planned changes to the ships, which link Portsmouth, in Hampshire, Poole, in Dorset, and Plymouth, in Devon, with Spain and France, in August.

New EU regulations on sulphur emissions come into force in January.

But the company now says the cost cannot be justified.

It also cancelled the order of a new ferry, which would have run on liquefied natural gas.

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