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Brittany Ferries News
Bretagne, berthed at its homeport of St. Malo, Brittany, is a former flagship of the operator's Cork-Roscoff service, which was redeployed to cover the final Ireland-France seasonal crossing last weekend as route flagship Pont-Aven carried out race start duties at the Route du Rhum off St. Malo. The race held every four years saw the stylish Bretagne back in Cork in 2014 and on the previous occasion in 2010, it was recalled when visiting the port the cruiseferry sported a more dynamic livery scheme involving zig-zags emblazoned on the hull.
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries final Ireland-France seasonal sailing saw a former flagship cover for routine route flagship Pont-Aven, which otherwise was engaged in Route du Rhum duties, writes Jehan Ashmore.  This year, Cork-Roscoff which achieved the best performing service of the…
The chartered Connemara contributed to boosting Brittany Ferries Cork-Roscoff (Ireland-France) route as the operators strongest performing of the company's network of 12 routes that collectively also links those between the UK, France and Spain. AFLOAT adds the Cypriot flagged Connemara arriving to Cork (Ringaskiddy). In the background the stern of a Cunard Line 'Vista' class cruiseship that called to Cobh.
#FerryNews- Cork-Roscoff route was the strongest performing Brittany Ferries service of the French company's network, linking the UK, France and Spain, however concerns over Brexit loom on the horizon, writes Jehan Ashmore. Figures released by Brittany Ferries for passenger and…
#FerryNews - Honfleur, Brittany Ferries newbuild cruiseferry celebrated a second milestone with a keel-laying ceremony this week. The occasion marked a leap forward in sustainable design, one that is at least as significant as the ship’s innovative liquefied natural gas (LNG)…
Port of Cork chairman John Mullins and Brittany Ferries chief executive Christophe Mathieu at a special ceremony yesterday which Afloat adds that the cake of the flagship 'Pont-Aven' was to celebrate 40 years of the Ireland-France service.
#FerryNews - Trying to help people is Britanny Ferries with those who booked with Irish Ferries WB Yeats, but may not be able to accommodate many because they are nearly full for July and August. As the Irish Examiner writes, Brittany…
In 2017, Brittany Ferries carried more than 87,000 passengers, which was an increase of 4% on the previous season
In May 1978 Brittany Ferries launched their Cork-Roscoff ferry route from Cork City Quays with their flagship MV ‘Armorique’. At the time, all ferries departing Cork used the passenger terminal at Tivoli, before being transferred downriver to the dedicated Ringaskiddy…
A visual montage of how Brittany Ferries newbuild of the Stena E-Flexer series will be when introduced on the long-haul UK-Spain routes, among them Portsmouth (above) which will be the hub-port for both sisters with the first due in service in 2021. Afloat also adds directly beyond the newbuild in the background is the current main Portsmouth-Spain cruiseferry, Cap Finistère seen arriving to the ferryport.
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries has confirmed recently the charter of two brand new cruise-ferries to serve its long-haul UK to Spain routes. Both ships adds Afloat are of the Stena E-Flexer design (see Stena Line Irish Sea debut in 2020)…
Connemara (note in revised all-white livery) makes a first call to Cork Harbour yesterday morning having arrived without passengers nor freight from Santander, Spain. Today, the chartered ropax made a debut for Brittany Ferries, albeit on the French route from Cork but instead of calling to Roscoff, the ferry diverted to Brest and berthed this afternoon.
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries new chartered Connemara has completed a maiden voyage overnight from Cork however instead of arriving in Roscoff, the ropax ferry diverted to Brest from where the ship this afternoon has just berthed, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
#FerryNews - Brittany Ferries resumed seasonal Cork-Roscoff service this Easter Bank Holiday, the sailings also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 41,700 gross tonnage flagship, Pont-Aven launched the Ireland-France season having arrived in Roscoff yesterday…
#FerryNews - It was getting white-hot as plasma jets cut through sheets of steel for Brittany Ferries English Channel newbuild cruiseferry Honfleur at the FSG shipyard Germany, which is completing Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats due to enter service this summer. …
An artist's impression of Connemara, a Visentini built ropax ferry that will be chartered-in to operate the new direct Ireland-Spain route between Cork-Santander, the first ever ferry link between the countries. Operations are to start at the end of April based on schedule of two return-sailings a week
For the first time Brittany Ferries will not be operating a ship under the French flag when it starts its new ferry route, linking Cork directly to Spain, next month. As a result French maritime unions have accused Brittany Ferries…
#FerryNews - Today, Brittany Ferries announced a new direct Ireland-Spain route, the first time ever a ferry service has linked the countries. Starting at the end of April, the service between Cork and Santander, will be making two return-sailings a…
Brittany Ferries 2017 seasonal Cork-Roscoff route had a 4% increase in passengers compared to the previous year. Above: Cruiseferry Pont-Aven Afloat adds has 'scrubber' funnel technology to reduce sulphur emissions, is seen in Spanish waters where the 40,000 gross tonnage cruiseferry is currently operating Santander-Portsmouth sailings. The cruiseferry will resume Ireland-France sailings in late March, 2018.
#ferrynews - Cruiseferry Pont-Aven has made its final Ireland-France voyage of the year, marking the end of the Brittany Ferries 2017 sailing season. Building on the success of 2016 when numbers were up by 3%, 2017 showed a further 4%…
Brittany Ferries has ordered a newbuild cruiseferry to be named Honfleur that will operate on the English Channel. The shipyard FSG is also the same German company currently constructing ICG/Irish Ferries new cruiseferry due by mid-2018.
#NewBuild - Almost exactly a year after the Brexit vote, Brittany Ferries on Thursday confirmed an order for a new "£175m LNG cruiseferry for English Channel service. The 42,400 gross tonnage newbuild (slighty larger to Pont-Aven of 41,000 on the…
Pont-Aven is to resume seasonal Ireland-France service next month on the Cork-Roscoff route. Afloat adds that the Pont-Aven is currently on English Channel service between St. Malo and Portsmouth from where above the cruise-ferry is underway off the landmark Spinnaker Tower.
#Increase – An increase of 5% has been reported by operator Brittany Ferries in the number of passengers travelling to Ireland in 2016, compared to the previous year. The company begins its seasonal Ireland-France service next month operated by Pont-Aven.…
Brittany Ferries announce letter of intent for a new ferry with the same German yard that is constructing ICG's new €144m cruiseferry for Irish Ferries. The announcement from the French operator to have the cruiseferry powered by LNG will be their first such vessel and confirms a commitment to improve on reducing harmful sulphur emissions which has led to the Cork-Roscoff flagship Pont-Aven fitted with 'scrubbers' last year.
#NewLNGbuild - Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, in May 2016 announced an order for a new cruiseferry in a German shipyard in which Brittany Ferries have also signed a letter of intent with the same yard to…
Technical problems of Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven have forced to the cancellation of this weekend's sailings between Cork and France.
#CancelledSailings - Plans of thousands of holidaymakers have been thrown into disarray after technical problems forced the cancellation of this weekend’s sailings of Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven vessel between Cork and France. The Irish Examiner writes that the French ferry…

About Brittany Ferries

In 1967 a farmer from Finistère in Brittany, Alexis Gourvennec, succeeded in bringing together a variety of organisations from the region to embark on an ambitious project: the aim was to open up the region, to improve its infrastructure and to enrich its people by turning to traditional partners such as Ireland and the UK. In 1972 BAI (Brittany-England-Ireland) was born.

The first cross-Channel link was inaugurated in January 1973, when a converted Israeli tank-carrier called Kerisnel left the port of Roscoff for Plymouth carrying trucks loaded with Breton vegetables such as cauliflowers and artichokes. The story, therefore, begins on 2 January 1973, 24 hours after Great Britain's entry into the Common Market (EEC).

From these humble beginnings however, Brittany Ferries as the company was re-named quickly opened up to passenger transport, then became a tour operator.

Today, Brittany Ferries has established itself as the national leader in French maritime transport: an atypical leader, under private ownership, still owned by a Breton agricultural cooperative.

Eighty five percent of the company’s passengers are British.

Key Brittany Ferries figures:

  • Turnover: €202.4 million (compared with €469m in 2019)
  • Investment in three new ships, Galicia plus two new vessels powered by cleaner LNG (liquefied natural gas) arriving in 2022 and 2023
  • Employment: 2,474 seafarers and shore staff (average high/low season)
  • Passengers: 752,102 in 2020 (compared with 2,498,354 in 2019)
  • Freight: 160,377 in 2020 (compared with 201,554 in 2019)
  • Twelve ships operating services that connect France, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain (non-Covid year) across 14 routes
  • Twelve ports in total: Bilbao, Santander, Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth, Cork, Rosslare, Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Saint-Malo, Roscoff
  • Tourism in Europe: 231,000 unique visitors, staying 2.6 million bed-nights in France in 2020 (compared with 857,000 unique visitors, staying 8,7 million bed-nights in 2019).

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