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Brittany Ferries Reports Significant Increase in Early Bookings for 2016
Building on a highly successful sailing season in 2015, Brittany Ferries has reported a 19% increase in the number of early bookings compared to the corresponding period last year. The ferry operator, which begins its new season on 02 April…
#NewFreightService – Irish hauliers trading to Iberia, will have added choice as Brittany Ferries are to charter a conro vessel to launch a new Poole-Bilbao freight route to begin service next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 12,079 tonnes conro Pelican…
Brittany Ferries Season to France Opens from Cork
#BrittanyBegins – Brittany Ferries first Cork-Roscoff season sailing for 2015 took place today as the flagship Pont-Aven departed Irish shores on the Cork-Roscoff service, writes Jehan Ashmore. Pont-Aven is the French operator's custom-built 41,748 tonnes cruiseferry that features luxury cabins…
Brittany Ferries Expand “Économie” UK Services By Bringing in The Baie
#FerryÉconomie - Brittany Ferries are to expand their fleet and offer more no-frills 'économie' UK sailings to Le Havre and Bilbao with the launch in May of chartered ro-pax Baie de Seine, writes Jehan Ashmore. Baie de Seine was the…
Brittany Ferries Plans to Upgrade LPG Cruiseferries Suspended
#LNGferryOnHold - Brittany Ferries have been forced to suspend plans to upgrade much of its fleet which according to Ships Monthly were to operate on Liquefied Natural Gas and also put on hold construction of an LNG-powered 'Pegasis Project' cruise…
Bretagne Returns to Brittany's Ferries Service for End of Season Sailings
#BrittanyFerries – Bretagne, Brittany Ferries first custom-built 'cruise-ferry' made a rare call to Cork Harbour's Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal yesterday, the arrival of the vessel from Roscoff was the first this season which started in March, writes Jehan Ashmore. Cork-Roscoff sailings…
Brittany Ferries Flagship Cruiseferry Pont-Aven Paints a Picture of Service 10 Years On
#PontAven10years – This day ten years ago Brittany Ferries flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven, was named in a ceremony, by her Breton owners in Roscoff, from where the luxury vessel sailed last night to Cork Harbour and returns to France this afternoon,…
Brittany Ferries Reopen Fast-Craft Seasonal UK-France Service
#BrittanyFerryCraft – Brittany Ferries reopen Portsmouth-Cherbourg seasonal services by Normandie Express, the fast-craft adding another alternative to their English Channel routes among them, as previously reported the new "économie" services to France and Spain, writes Jehan Ashmore. The first sailing…
Brittany Ferries Launch “Économie” Service Today
#Ferryéconomie – Brittany Ferries launch their "économie" alternative services to France and Spain with the ro-pax vessel Etretat, which welcomed her first passengers on board today for a midday sailing from Portsmouth to Le Havre, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously…
Brittany Ferries Launch Season over St. Patrick's Weekend
#BrittanyFerries- Opening Brittany Ferries Cork-Roscoff season is Pont-Aven, the cruiseferry will operate the inaugural round-trip sailing over the St. Patrick's weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, last year Pont-Aven completed the 35th season of services on the Ireland-France route…
Brittany Ferries économie Take on UK-France /Spain Rivals with ‘No-Frills’ Services
#Ferryéconomie-French operator, Brittany Ferries is to launch a "économie" alternative service to existing cruise-style operated UK-France/Spain routes using a former Celtic Link Ferries ro-pax vessel, writes Jehan Ashmore. LD Lines which in January launched the new Rosslare-St.Nazaire-Gijon landbridge service to…
Ports & Shipping Review: Tanker Tow to Shannon, Ardmore Fleet Expand, Brittany Ferries Order Giant Ferry and more
#ShippingReview - Over the last fortnight Jehan Ashmore has reported from the shipping scene where the stricken tanker Hellesport Charger which lost main engine power off the Clare coast was aided by tugs at the mouth of the Shannon. Irish…
Brittany Ferries Order Giant LNG Powered Cruiseferry
#NewFerry - Brittany Ferries has announced an order for its largest ever cruiseferry, a 52,000 tonnes giant powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and entering service in 2017 on Cork-Roscoff and UK-Spain routes. The 12 deck cruiseferry with a capacity…
Brittany Ferries 35th Season Ends with Final Sailing
#FerryNews – Brittany Ferries final Cork-Roscoff end of season sailing for 2013 took place on Saturday as the flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven headed past Cork Harbour's Roches Point Lighthouse, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Irish-French service began…
End of Brittany Ferries Seasonal Sailings
#FerryNews – Brittany Ferries final end of season sailings on the weekend-only operated Cork-Roscoff route is next Saturday (2 November), writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish-French route as previously reported was started 35 years ago when the operator Bretagne-Angleterre Irlande (B.A.I)…
Last Chance to Book Brittany Ferries Autumn Getaway
#BrittanyFerries – Brittany Ferries this year celebrate 35 years of Cork-Roscoff service currently served by flagship Pont-Aven, which every weekend makes a round-trip up to early November, writes Jehan Ashmore. Pont-Aven arrives every Saturday morning and departs in the 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).