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Brittany Ferries News
Opening today, Brittany Ferries has begun making available reservations for the 2022 season. Above AFLOAT adds the cruiseferry Armorique sailing last week from Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour.
As from today, Brittany Ferries has opened its books for 2022 reservations in a move that comes three months earlier than normal and is partly designed to meet customer demand for holidays next year. But as the French ferry operator highlights,…
Operator, Brittany Ferries postpones the seasonal Cork-Roscoff flagship route due to current Covid-19 travel restrictions, however they hope to resume services in May. Above the custom built Pont-Aven which Afloat adds has been on the Ireland-France route since introduction in 2004.
Brittany Ferries has announced that due to the current Covid-19 travel restrictions, its flagship passenger route out of Cork Harbour to Roscoff,France will not now resume at the end of March. The operator which in 1978 began the route, will…
Armorique on a repositioning voyage when approaching Rosslare Europort with Wexford Bay, where the ferry this afternoon completed Brittany Ferries a new four freight route rotation on Ireland-France links.
Brittany Ferries this afternoon marked its first completion of operating the new four 'freight' route network of Ireland-France links that began running from Rosslare Europort on this day last week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Armorique which launched the 'Brexit-bypass' routes…
Armorique arriving in Cork Harbour when operating in recent years, has today arrived from St. Malo on a new Brexit bypass 'freight' only route to Cork as part of a network of routes linking Ireland and France, enabling trucks to directly access mainland continental Europe.
Brittany Ferries Armorique arrived into Cork Harbour this afternoon after the cruiseferry completed an inaugural new Brexit-bypass France-Ireland 'freight' only route from St.Malo, writes Jehan Ashmore Afloat tracked Armorique's arrival some ten minutes earlier than the 15:00hrs scheduled time when…
MV Armorique of Brittany Ferries which made a first ever arrival to Rosslare Eurport this afternoon approaching the linkspan. AFLOAT also adds Armorique made the repositioning voyage from Caen in Normandy. The 2009 custom built ferry is to launch (today at 8pm/2000hrs) a new 'freight' ferry route to St. Malo, a first to link Wexford and Brittany and which will serve as yet another 'Brexit-bypass' alternative.
Once again another 'Brexit bypass' ferry but by Brittany Ferries begins operating this evening (8pm/2000hrs) on a new 'freight' route of Ireland-France through St. Malo, which is a first to connect Wexford and the French region, writes Jehan Ashmore. As…
Expansion by Brittany Ferries is to see new routes and sailings to France (starting this week AFLOAT adds by Armorique above), bringing more freight options for hauliers connecting to mainland Europe. Freight volumes through the port were up almost 500% in January 2021 compared to last year. The news follows the French operators announcement to also boost operations with a new route and crossings out of Cork.
The Government's Operational Update review on trade a month after the post-Brexit transition ended, Afloat adds narrowly missed inclusion as yet another ferry development arose today, as Brittany Ferries announced new 'freight' routes increasing capacity directly to mainland Europe. Glenn…
NEW Bypass Brexit 'Freight' Links sees Brittany Ferries respond to the demand with the introduction of three new weekly freight only sailings on Ireland-France links. The move AFLOAT highlights new 'freight' routes: Cork-St.Malo /Rosslare-St.Malo including resumption of the Rosslare-Roscoff (also a 'passengers' route that closed last year). In addition to new  'freight' sailings added on the Cork-Roscoff route. Above Armorique AFLOAT also adds will be introduced on operating these 4 routes that link these Irish and French ports of the two EU member-state countries.
Operator Brittany Ferries has announced that it is introducing three new weekly 'freight' only sailings between Ireland and France as the company previously alluded. The sailings will begin this Thursday, 4th February on a (new route) linking Rosslare Europort and…
Another By-Pass Brexit Route? Operator, Brittany Ferries, is considering its options as plans are in progress for a further Ireland-France freight route connecting with the Breton ports of Roscoff and St Malo using the ro-pax cruiseferry Armorique. Could both Cork and Rosslare be the benefactors? As for Armorique, AFLOAT has tracked to Le Havre where it is laid-up along with Bretagne, the first 'cruiseferry' to operate the Cork-Roscoff route in 1989.
With fallout of post-Brexit, demand from hauliers for direct ro-ro freight routes has led to 20 interventions by shipping companies notably between Ireland-France and another new route may be added to the fast-changing ferry scene, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to…
Brittany Ferries is to open a second route out of Rosslare to Cherbourg but by two months ahead of schedule to meet driving freight demand between Ireland and mainland Europe. The service is to be operated by Cap Finistère, at 204m long and of 33,000 gross registered tonnes. The ferry first entered service with the French operator in 2010, on long-haul routes connecting Portsmouth (UK) and Santander and Bilbao (Northern Spain). The ‘Superfast’ class ferry has plenty of space for drivers and passengers, with 265 en-suite cabins. The garage decks offer nearly 2km of space for freight vehicles, and the ferry is the fastest in the fleet with a top cruising speed of 28 knots.
Hot on the heals of Stena Line's new Dublin-Cherbourg route announced today, Brittany Ferries has also acted quickly to support the freight sector and meet the needs of an industry battling Brexit by confirming a new weekly Rosslare-Cherbourg service. As…
Hauliers say French travel ban exposes lack of capacity on direct ferries to mainland EU. Above adds Afloat is Brittany Ferries ro-ro freight-orientated passenger ferry (ropax) Connamara which is berthed today in Rosslare Europort operating albeit the routine service to Spain via Bilbao.
Governments from Ireland and France have made contact with Brittany Ferries about running a ferry from France to repatriate Irish lorry drivers stranded in Europe by France’s Covid travel ban on Britain should the need arise. As The Irish Times…
The new chair of Interferry is Christophe Mathieu, Brittany Ferries CEO. AFLOAT adds this afternoon (16.00hrs) the operator's flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven (above off Cobh, Cork Harbour) is to make a final end of 'season' sailing of the Ireland -France route of Cork-Roscoff, however their year-round Ireland-Spain service of Rosslare-Bilbao continues.
The trade association representing the worldwide ferry industry, Interferry has announced Brittany Ferries CEO Christophe Mathieu as the new chair of its board of directors. According to LloydsLoadingList, he was elected at the association’s annual general meeting earlier this week…
 Afloat adds the ropax Connemara is to return to Irish waters when Brittany Ferries launches a new route, Rosslare Europort-Cherbourg in March 2021. This is due to to increased demand from Irish hauliers for an alternative of a Brexit-bypass of the UK, with freight traffic connecting mainland Europe. The operator is also to launch this December but on a UK-Spain service the newbuild Galicia from Stena Ro Ro's E-Flexer series and which is on charter to Brittany Ferries.  In addition the new ferry will also operate a weekly rotation between Portsmouth and Cherbourg.
Operator Brittany Ferries says it may have been a season to forget passenger traffic but that freight demand has been kept rolling throughout the year. The ferry company which serves France, Spain, Ireland and the UK had a steady 2020…
The French ferry firm takes drastic action as passenger number continue to dwindle due to UK quarantine restrictions. Above AFLOAT adds Brittany Ferries is to cease the Rosslare-Roscoff route from 7 September. The new route only launched during the summer is operated by ropax Kerry which will continue to serve the year-round operated Ireland-Iberian link of Wexford-Bilbao in northern Spain.
Brittany Ferries which has been affected by quarantine measures, has laid up another ferry and cut more services as it continues to lose passengers due to coronavirus restrictions and faces the worst crisis in its 47-year existence. As BusinessLive reported…
Major changes as Brittany Ferries is to lay-up two cruiseferries among them Armorique (above) currently serving Roscoff-Plymouth, due to a slump in passenger demand notably arising from the UK's Covid-19 quarantine from France. AFLOAT adds Armorique is scheduled to boost capacity on the Cork-Roscoff route (albeit in 2021) running in tandem with flagship Pont-Aven currently maintaining 'seasonal' sailings linking Ireland and France and remains unaffected with these latest operational changes elsewhere. Also above in French waters is a pilot cutter.
Major changes at Brittany Ferries have forced the operator to introduce a reduction in services following the imposition of (Covid-19) quarantine on travellers returning to the UK from France and the effect this has had on existing reservations as well…
Solent Sisters: Brittany Ferries Connemara is of the same 'Visentini' built ropax class of Etretat (above AFLOAT photo) departing Portsmouth bound for Le Harve, is to return to Irish waters on a new Rosslare-Cherbourg route in 2021. This will be the ferry's first return to Rosslare Europort since 2008 as Norman Voyager of LD Lines inaugural Ireland-France (weekend) Rosslare-Le Harve service which was added to an existing Normandy link to Portsmouth but the short-lived Irish service ended with the French operator chartering the ferry to former Celtic Link Ferries albeit on the slightly shorter Cherbourg route to the Irish port where Etretat is to return following Brittany Ferries English Channel & UK-Spain services. Note: blue mid-hull 'wave' livery, a legacy of LD Lines which was adopted for Brittany Ferries 'no-frills' (économie) ferries except the Connemara and Kerry.
Operator Brittany Ferries this week announced plans to increase services out of two Irish ports in 2021 but the new developments may lead to further consequences for the ferry firm given fluidity of Brexit, Covid-19 and economies impacting ferry holiday-makers…
All Brittany Ferries routes between Ireland-France and Spain are operating to a 'full' service following Covid-19 government related restrictions lifted after ceasation of services for more than three months. Flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven recently resumed Cork-Roscoff summer sailings but AFLOAT noted that from next year (2021) the season is to be boosted with cruiseferry Armorique offering holidaymakers more options. The 29,468 gross tonnage cruiseferry currently operates daily Roscoff-Plymouth sailings on the English Channel in tandem with Pont-Aven which also serves Plymouth-Santander, Spain.
Brittany Ferries flagship began Cork-Roscoff seasonal service earlier this month following lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and notably another cruiseferry is to enter the popular Ireland-France route too but not until 2021, writes Jehan Ashmore Asides the current routine Saturday afternoon…

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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