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Live Local experience: Brittany Ferries launches website Livelocal.fr site to match holiday makers with local hosts who offer bespoke and authentic experiences in their destination
Brittany Ferries, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has launched a website called Livelocal.fr with its partner 321 Founded. The site promises to match holidaymakers with local hosts who offer bespoke and authentic experiences in their destination. The move…
Some of the 400 classic cars seen boarding Brittany Ferries in Portsmouth to take the ferry to Caen, Normandy, from where last week the beautiful vehicles headed for the Le Mans Classic Festival. Afloat adds on right is the moored former 1970's Royal Navy destroyer HMS Bristol which became a Harbour Training Ship in the Hampshire port until decommissioned in 2020
Brittany Ferries carried hundreds of classic cars and of considerable value when the beautiful vehicles last week headed across the English Channel to France for the Le Mans Classic Festival. The classic cars belonged to Brits and other nationals attending…
Boost for Brittany Ferries as more French holidays makers choose to visit Ireland through the Port of Cork (above Armorique arriving off Cobh) and Rosslare Harbour
Operator Brittany Ferries has announced that this year's bookings, in and out of Cork and Rosslare, are up by 44 per cent on figures for 2019, the last ‘normal’ year before Covid disrupted travel and holiday plans. The company's Irish…
Ireland-Iberian Boost: Brittany Ferries to introduce a more tourism-oriented ship "Galicia" on the Rosslare-Bilbao route from November of this year. The huge cruise-ferry will operate the Ireland-Spain route, is one of the newest additions to the fleet having been launched in December 2020. Above AFLOAT adds the built in China newbuild 'E-Flexer' class cruiseferry arriving in UK (Solent) waters with an escort tug-water display salute, before launched originally on Portsmouth-Spain services.
It has been confirmed by Brittany Ferries that a more tourism-oriented ship "Galicia" is to be introduced on to their Rosslare - Bilbao route from November of this year. The huge cruise-ferry (E-Flexer class) is one of the newest additions…
Brittany Ferries is operating a midweek sailing from Cork for Roscoff, with Armorque sailing to the Breton port in north-west France. The usual weekend sailings, by flagship Pont-Aven, depart from the Irish port when they resume this Saturday.
Operator Brittany Ferries confirmed its recently launched midweek (Armorique) ferry on the Cork-Roscoff route will become a permanent feature of the company’s France sailing schedule. Although this Wednesday sailing connection is part of a new three-year deal signed by the…
Salamanca departed Portsmouth on its inaugural voyage on 27 March, however AFLOAT adds the first LNG-powered ferry operating in UK waters, broke down in Bilbao, Spain.
Asides delays to Stait of Dover ferry operators as Afloat reported, Brittany Ferries UK crossings to Spain and France are set to be disrupted after a new liquefied gas-powered (LNG) ship broke down days after its inaugural voyage. Brittany Ferries…
It's a 'Oui' as operator Brittany Ferries ships return to full service across the French firm's route network, among them Irish services, notably the 'seasonal' Cork-Roscoff service starts this month. The Ireland-France route will resume routinely with the flagship cruise-ferry Pont-Aven which Afloat adds also operates on France-UK-Spain services.
Following two years of Covid, Brittany Ferries looks forward to a full complement of ships and a re-opening of routes this summer across its network linking the UK and Ireland with France and Spain. In addition Afloat adds, the year…
Brittany Ferries embark with major steps for a greener future when on 27th March, the operators built in China 'E-Flexer' class Salamanca, their first liquified natural gas (LNG) powered passenger ferry to make will a commercial sailing from Portsmouth to Bilbao in Spain. Beforehand, the newbuild is scheduled to make a first Irish port of call to Rosslare Europort to enable berthing trials should the E-Flexer class be introduced on their Irish based routes. Above the new cruiseferry is seen at the French operator's founding 'homeport' of Roscoff, Brittany.
Brittany Ferries will take a major step towards an already stated commitment to a greener future when on 27th March, the operators newbuild Salamanca, their first liquified natural gas (LNG) powered passenger ferry is to start on a commercial sailing from…
The first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered passenger-ferry (Salamanca) to operate from the UK, is to follow (Afloat adds from a shipyard in China via Spain) before arriving in Portsmouth on 25 March. Afloat also adds that the E-Flexer class developed by Stena Ro Ro is on charter to the French operator and in which will be powered by the ship's LNG Wärtsilä engine.
Brittany Ferries is to introduce the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered passenger-ferry to operate from the UK following the newbuild built in China, arrives in Portsmouth (via Spain) on 25 March. Ahead of the (Stena Ro Ro built /chartered…
Reflagging ceremony on board Salamanca (and pictured) Jean Marc Roue, Cdt Christophe Bergeroux and Christophe Mathieu with the backdrop of the north Spanish port of Santander.  The E-Flexer class newbuild will serve UK-Spain routes.
Brittany Ferries newest and greenest ferry when in northern Spain at the Port of Santander saw an official raising ceremony of the French tricolor take place on board the Salamanca. (The newbuild Afloat adds follows Stena RoRo's chartered in E-Flexers) that…
First-driverless CMA-CGM container load taken on-board Brittany Ferries ro-ro freigher Contentin.
Brittany Ferries's partnership with container giant CMA CGM was finalised in 2021 to support the French ferry company's post-Covid recovery. It promises complementary English Channel freight transport links, thanks to a ‘fast lane’ solution bringing shorter transit times and increased…
Brittany Ferries to sale Cap Finistère, which a year ago made an Irish debut for the operator on the Rosslare-Cherbourg route as part of the shipping sector's response of demand for freight 'bypass-Brexit' routes to mainland Europe. Above AFLOAT captured Cap Finistère off The Hard, Portsmouth from where since 2010, BF operated initially to Cherbourg/Santander and later added a second service to Spain with Bilbao. The photo taken in 2014 shows the 'Superfast' class ferry with original distintive 'winged' funnel when launched as Superfast V. The wings were subsequently removed along with previous livery as also sported above.
Operator Brittany Ferries has confirmed that it is in the final stages of negotiation for the sale of Cap Finistère to Italian shipping company GNV. The development comes as the Roscoff-based company prepares to welcome its next ship to the…
In terms of breakdown by market, Brittany Ferries France-Ireland route soared 234%. Afloat adds the Breton based operator also reported on UK-France reservations up 40% while UK-Spain routes they rose by 35%. Last week Afloat reported on the operator's new Rosslare-Le Havre 'freight' route also due to surging demand given a post-Brexit Britain. Above Pont-Aven in Cork Harbour recently on the final sailing to Roscoff this year, however the cruiseferry resumes service in March 2022.
Brittany Ferries, which operates the Ireland-France route of Cork-Roscoff, has reported a surge in bookings for summer 2022. Since the onset of the pandemic, as Echo Live reports, the ferry company has navigated what it calls two "disastrous" summer seasons, where they…
New Direct Freight Route: Due to a surge in demand for freight capacity, Brittany Ferries is to open a new route connecting Le Havre , Normandy with Rosslare Europort. The Ireland-France route is to be operated by the freight-only Cotentin with space for 120 freight units. The custom-built ferry completed in 2007, has 120 cabins and a range of amenities for truck-drivers including a restaurant, bar and shop.
Brittany Ferries has announced a new weekly freight service linking Le Havre in Normandy with Rosslare Europort in Ireland. The direct route (to mainland Europe) will be served by Cotentin, Brittany Ferries’ freight-only vessel and will commence next week, with…
After Brexit and the Covid crisis, time to relaunch competitiveness for Brittany Ferries which is to receive French Government aid of €45m. The operator's Irish serving market cruiseferry Pont-Aven, AFLOAT adds will complete its final end of season Cork-Roscoff (round trip) sailings next weekend (29 and 30 Oct), while crossings continue year round on the Rosslare-Cherbourg and Bilbao route connecting Ireland and Spain. The majority of the operator's route network links the UK and France as well as services between Britain and northern Spain.
Brittany Ferries president, Jean-Marc Roué, has welcomed the French government’s announcement that it will extend exceptional aid of €45 million to the Brittany-based shipping company. For over a year, Brittany Ferries has warned the French state of its deteriorating financial…
Freight volumes increased on Brittany Ferries Ireland-Spain route of Rosslare-Bilbao (above) where Afloat has identified the French operators ro-pax Connemara. Also berthed in the port on the Astuarias coast is the chartered in ro-ro freighter MN Pélican which serves the company's UK-Spain services.
Brittany Ferries is carrying more than 1,000 freight units a month on its Ireland-Spain route of Rosslare-Bilbao. In total, 7,874 units were carried in the first eight months of this year, which was 70% or 3,246 units up on 2020…

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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