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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…
LNG facilities under construction for the arrival of Brittany Ferries’ first LNG powered-ship Salamanca that will serve UK-Spain routes from 2022.
Brittany Ferries has welcomed the start of construction of LNG bunker facilities in Bilbao on the northern Spanish coast. Fuel giant Repsol has confirmed the news which paves the way for the arrival of Brittany Ferries’ first LNG powered-ship Salamanca…
Brittany Ferries, the largest ferry firm operating under the French flag and CMA CGM Group, a major global logistics and container operator, has agreed to make a major investment to support the ferry company in a post-Covid-19 recovery.
Brittany Ferries and the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, announced that CMA CGM has agreed to make a €25m investment in the largest ferry company operating under the French flag, including €10m in quasi-equity.  Through…
This week Brittany Ferries signed charter contracts (with Stena RoRo, adds Afloat) that will start construction of two new ships, (of Stena's E-Flexer series) one to replace Normandie on Portsmouth-Caen, the other Bretagne on Portsmouth-St Malo offering larger capacity and an increased number of cabins – incl. pet friendly cabins! The new ships, planned to arrive in 2024/2025, can run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), electricity or a combination of both, like a hybrid car. This means that each vessel offers considerable advantages in terms of reducing local emissions and greenhouse gas at sea and during port calls.
Brittany Ferries is to have two new hybrid LNG-electric ships to enter their fleet when they will arrive in 2024/2025 to serve UK-France routes connecting Portsmouth with St Malo and Caen. As well as significantly cutting emissions, the hybrids will…
Brittany Ferries flagship cruise ferry, Pont-Aven which operates their main passenger service in­ Ireland from Cork to Roscoff.
With non-essential international travel set to reopen for Ireland from 19th July, Brittany Ferries is today urging holidaymakers to factor in the many good reasons why ferry travel is the best option for travelling abroad this summer. Early Irish bookings…
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,…
The Breton based ferry operator, has experienced some of the most disappointing figures in its history, since its inaugural sailing in 1973 between France and the UK. Above Armorique, Afloat adds the cruiseferry (operating in freight-mode) is to sail from St.Malo and due to arrive to Cork Harbour tomorrow afternoon.
Operator, Brittany Ferries has published some of the most disappointing figures in its history, following its AGM in St. Pol de Leon, France today. In a year dominated by the Covid crisis and amid on-going Brexit concerns, 2020 passenger numbers…
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…

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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