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Among the designs (above: initial concept 3) for Brittany Ferries, which has signed a partnership deal with Wärtsilä and Incat to explore the design and technical requirements for a 137-metre zero-emissions craft for English Channel service.
Ferry operator Brittany Ferries, marine power/technology firm Wärtsilä, and shipbuilder, Incat have signed a partnership deal to explore the design and technical requirements for a 137m zero-emissions craft. The project comes as Brittany Ferries nears completion of the biggest fleet…
The new service between Rosslare and Cherbourg will be operated by Condor's ferry, the Commodore Clipper, which has been chartered by Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries, the popular ferry operator, has announced plans to add a third weekly return-sailing between Rosslare and Cherbourg from April 29th. The move is aimed at boosting connectivity ahead of the company's rail-ferry service launch in 2025. The new…
Sleek and stylish, the lines of Pont-Aven, Brittany Ferries flagship, now in its 20th year of service operating Cork-Roscoff and on routes across the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. Above the cruise-ferry, featuring a four-deck atrium, luxury cabins with balconies and a sky-lit indoor swimming pool, is seen underway in Cork Harbour on the established Ireland-France connection dating to 1978.
Pont-Aven Brittany Ferries impressive flagship at the weekend resumed its first Roscoff-Cork round-trip this season, in the 20th anniversary year since its introduction on the Ireland-France route and UK-France/Spain links, writes Jehan Ashmore. During Pont-Aven’s return leg to France on…
Reuben and Captain Bergeroux on board Brittany Ferries Armorique
Brittany Ferries has introduced pet-friendly cabins for the first time on its ferry Armorique, which has restarted the twice-weekly Cork Harbour-Roscoff service. There are 18 ‘pet-friendly’ cabins which, the company says, have been introduced to “significantly enhance capacity for passengers…
Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven in Cork Harbour
Brittany Ferries is continuing its commitment to sustainability with an important upgrade to its flagship vessel, Pont-Aven. The ferry that serves the Cork Harbour-Roscoff route will undergo economic upgrades to its hull to improve its hydrodynamic performance.  As part of its…
Surprise call as Brittany Ferries well-proportioned cruiseferry Normandie, for the first ever time arrived to an Irish port, berthing at Rosslare Europort after a sailing from Cherbourg earlier this month, so to cover crossings Cotentin would have operated, but currently the ropax is under repair in Brittany. This weekend’s France-Ireland roundtrip is cancelled, as Normandie remains at the French port. On the right, also at Rosslare is partially seen the Stena Europe, which too made a surprise return recently, as Afloat had reported the veteran is off-service on the Fishguard route due also to repairs.
Today’s night-time Brittany Ferries sailing on the Rosslare-Cherbourg service is cancelled, this was to have been the third and final France-Ireland weekend roundtrip operated notably by Normandie in a relief role, writes Jehan Ashmore. The operator’s website sailing update does…
Last year, Brittany Ferries carried almost twice as many Spaniards travelling to Ireland, at just under 6,000, compared with 3,400 holidaying in the UK. This is even though services have been running from Spain to the UK for 45 years, where the first direct Ireland-Iberian link was only established just five years ago. The company’s newest cruise ferry, the LNG-powered, Salamanca (as above) operates on the year-round Rosslare-Bilbao route, noting as AFLOAT previously reported, there is a winter-only route of Rosslare-Santander which will remain in service until March 2024.
Operator Brittany Ferries last year recorded more than double the number of passengers travelling between Ireland and Spain as 57,000 passengers made the voyage across the Bay of Biscay, an increase of 116% compared with 2022. The surge in volumes…
Santoña, Brittany Ferries newest E-Flexer series cruiseferry as seen at Rosslare Europort having completed its maiden ‘Irish’ port of call from Cherbourg. In addition the newbuild which entered service this year for the French company, is now also operating to Spain but on the ‘temporary’ winter Rosslare-Bilbao route due to infrastructure works at Bilbao.
The third and newest E-Flexer class of Brittany Ferries, Santoña which entered service this year, has made its maiden ‘Irish’ port of call, having completed a crossing from Cherbourg to Rosslare Europort, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Rosslare Europort, Santoña…
Route closes: Brittany Ferries Rosslare-Le Havre route closed earlier than scheduled, however the Ireland-France connection will continue, with ropax Cotentin on the Rosslare-Cherbourg along with a cruise-ferry in direct competition with Stena’s existing two-ship operation which achieved a record boost in travel figures. AFLOAT highlights the Wexford-Normandy services will offer customers the most sailings of all routes between Ireland-France where Brittany Ferries plan to consolidate services at Cherbourg as a freight-hub linked to a new ‘rail-freight motorway’ service to open in 2024.
Brittany Ferries has closed its Rosslare-Le Havre route as the operator of the Ireland-France link will not reopen the service in 2024, writes Jehan Ashmore The weekend only operated Wexford-Normandy link was scheduled to close last weekend, however Storm Ciarán…
It was an expected call, as Brittany Ferries Salamanca arrived to the Port of Cork’s Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal, as the E-Flexer ferry was diverted from Rosslare, to the port where fleetmate Armorique routinely operates to Roscoff. Salamanca is seen taking shelter alongside the neighbouring Cork Container Terminal whilst Armorique is berthed at the ferry linkspan which the E-Flexer had vacated.
With Storm Ciarán approaching, Brittany Ferries Cherbourg-Rosslare ferry was affected by such weather related conditions and was diverted to the Port of Cork yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Salamanca in the morning arrived to Cork with an unscheduled call from…
Post-Brexit boost for Irish trade as Brittany Ferries reports increased trend in freight and passenger volumes between Ireland and EU member states of France and Spain. Recently, the company announced that it will operate for the first time a winter service on the Cork-Roscoff route. The popular cruise-ferry Armorique (Afloat captured above at Ringaskiddy) will offer sailings to Brittany every weekend during November and December 2023.
Passenger and freight figures for Brittany Ferries summer season 2023 (June to September), highlighted increased volumes across the board on routes between Ireland and the EU. The figures published by Brittany Ferries, which cover all routes across Ireland, France, Spain,…
Brittany Ferries has three E-Flexer series ships in service so far, among them the Eco-friendly Salamanca as seen at Bilbao. The port in northern Spain is also the location of a brand-new LNG (liquefied natural gas) bunkering terminal, which is already fuelling their newest LNG-powered ships.
Operator Brittany Ferries is proud to have been awarded the 'Green Marine Certified Shipowner' accreditation for the fourth year in a row. The accolade to the Breton based company was presented during a ceremony held this week in Bilbao, the…
Jean-Marc Roué, President of Brittany Ferries, Pamela Lee, a native of Greystones, Co. Wicklow and Christophe Mathieu, CEO. The Irish off-shore sailor next month will take part in the 30th annual ‘Transat Jacques Vabre’ race which retraces the historic coffee route from Le Havre, France to Fort-de-France Bay in the Caribbean Sea.
World-record-holding Irish off-shore sailor, Pamela Lee, was in Cork Harbour recently, ahead of her next Transatlantic adventure, the 30th annual ‘Transat Jacques Vabre’ race, taking place from October 29th. Pamela was attending the annual France-Ireland Chamber event, hosted by Brittany…
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Ferry company Brittany Ferries has announced its 2024 sailing schedules from Ireland to France, allowing travellers in Ireland to plan and book trips to Brittany and Normandy from now until November 2024. The operator says it will offer a wider-than-ever…
In recent months, Brittany Ferries announced the timetable for 2024 where Ireland-Spain sailings on the Rosslare- Bilbao route will temporarily switch during the winter months to Santander, the Cantabrian capital. The change of Spanish port is to enable work to take place to port infrastructure in Bilbao. Both Ireland-Spain routes are operated by E-Flexer series Salamanca, carrying 1,015-passengers with 321 cabins in addition to another E-Flexer, Santoña. The first sailing to Santander AFLOAT adds will be operated by Salamanca, an E-Flexer powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) noting the thin exhaust uptake near the funnel from where less CO2 (carbon dioxide) are emitted.
Brittany Ferries is to open another new direct Ireland-Spain route, albeit based on a ‘winter-only’ basis between Rosslare and Santander in northern Spain, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new temporary service which was announced in recent months to Santander will operate…
Brittany Ferries, Plymouth (Millbay Docks) in Cornwall, along with Plymouth City Council are working together for the port to work towards the ambition of Net Zero by 2030. Above the flagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven which asides operating to Santander, Spain, links Roscoff and from the French port, the seasonal route to Cork at the weekends. In the background, Afloat adds is Devonport and the Hamoaze, the estuarine stretch of the English tidal River Tamar leading to the Royal Naval Base of HMNB Devonport.
Brittany Ferries, a major customer of Plymouth (Millbay Docks), Plymouth City Council, have pledged to work together to support the docks to grow and to work towards Net Zero by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. The move, including from Brittany…

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).