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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…
As the summer season approaches, Brittany Ferries says passenger numbers are rising slowly towards pre-Covid levels. On one of their English Channel routes, Poole-Cherbourg is alone reporting growth on the UK-France service when compared to both 2022 and 2019. Above scene by Afloat of the route’s Barfleur berthed at the Dorset port prior to a morning sailing bound for Normandy.
Ferry operator Brittany Ferries has said that as the summer season approaches, the number of passengers is increasing slowly towards to pre-Covid levels. However, the slump in freight volumes that came post-Brexit has continued and has even started to worsen…
Christophe Mathieu CEO of Brittany Ferries – the operator have backed plans of a proposed French law to block ferry companies sailing to ports in the country if they pay seafarers on low wages.
Brittany Ferries have welcomed a plan to block ferry companies from sailing to French ports if they pay seafarers peanuts. The Breton based company, which operates through the UK ports of Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth says hard-working sailors deserve the…
The official start of the tourism season for Brittany Ferries started today with the first call of Armorique (above) to the Port of Cork. Armorique will make the call into Cork every Wednesday between now and November, and will be joined on the Ireland-France route from 1st April by the flagship  Pont-Aven which will visit Ringaskiddy each Saturday.
Brittany Ferries marks the start of the tourism season with the first sailing of Armorique to the Port of Cork today. The 30,000 ton, 1500 passenger cruise-ferry had sailed from Roscoff, Brittany and arrived at Ringaskiddy at 09:30 this morning with…
Newbuild cruiseferry Santoña following a delivery voyage from Asia, arrives into Portsmouth, the ship’s UK homeport from where the latest E-Flexer class for Brittany Ferries is to operate on routes to Spain and France. Welcoming the cruiseferry on the Solent when approaching the English Channel port where two hovercraft, one peeling off portside into Southsea, the other starboard side to Ryde. The occasion was marked by  Hovertravel Ltd which operates to the Isle of Wight.
A new Brittany Ferries ship for UK-Spain/France routes has sailed into Portsmouth on Friday, following a delivery voyage from an Asian shipyard and berthing trials in Spain. The newbuild named Santoña, is a luxurious cruiseferry that will operate to Santander…
Strong advance reservations for Brittany Ferries in 2023 which sees Salamanca, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) ferry to operate in Irish waters continue operating Rosslare-Bilbao sailings. AFLOAT adds a sister E-Flexer class cruiseferry Galicia is to take the Ireland-Spain service on 31 March.
A strong rise in forward reservations for 2023 has been revealed by Brittany Ferries as bookings jump by 38% across all routes connecting Ireland with France and Spain compared with this same period last year. The ferry operator has more…
Brittany Ferries began service 50 years ago using freight ro-ro Kerisnel which sailed from Roscoff to Plymouth in Cornwall, UK carrying a cargo of cauliflowers and cognac. To celebrate the occasion, their flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven 'dressed overall' was specially re-routed to the west English Channel route yesterday and AFLOAT adds tugs gave a water salute upon arrival in Cornwall. Pont-Aven also operates on the Ireland-France 'seasonal' Cork-Roscoff route with sailings first starting by Armorique in March.
Brittany Ferries celebrated fifty years to the day (2 January, 1973) since its first voyage (and 50 years plus one since the UK joined the common market) when it launched its Roscoff-Plymouth route. To mark the voyage their flagship, Pont-Aven…
The Rosslare-Le Havre route was a originally freight-only route, however Brittany Ferries are to introduce a 'passenger' service in March, 2023. The route is served by  Contentin built by STX Finland in 2007 for their UK-Spain 'freight' services and in 2021 launched for several months a Brexit-bypass network of routes between Ireland and France. The last time the Rosslare-Le Havre route was operated, AFLOAT adds involved another French ferry firm, LD Lines which began a service in 2008.
Brittany Ferries has today confirmed that it will re-open its Rosslare-Le Havre service and for 'passengers' on the Ireland-France link. As Afloat reported the route has been run in freight-only mode, since the Covid crisis struck. As of today, 20th…
Brittany Ferries is to mark 50 years since their first-ever ferry crossing on the English Channel took place in January 1973 with the ro-ro freightferry Kerisnel linking Roscoff and Plymouth. The anniversary of the France-UK route is to be celebrated next year, in early January when the company’s flagship Pont-Aven, which has been specially re-routed for a celebratory voyage from the Breton port to Cornwall. Afloat adds the operator five years later opened their first France-Ireland route of Roscoff-Cork which earlier this month ended the seasonal service but will resume in March, 2023 with sailings operated by Armorique and Pont-Aven.
In January 2023, Brittany Ferries will mark 50 years since the first-ever ferry crossing on the English Channel took place by the operator when linking the French region and Cornwall. A converted Israeli tank-carrier, Kerisnel departed Roscoff in Brittany, bound…
Artwork strongly feature on the new cruise-ferry Salamanca named after the stunning 'heritage' city in Castilla y Léon in Spain, which was officially launched in Rosslare Europort this morning. Among the luxurious facilities is the central Plaza Mayor bar, designed to evoke Salamanca city’s spectacular main square and the new 'greener' LNG powered ferry which connects Bilbao, boasts more than 200 artworks by local Spanish artists.
Brittany Ferries brings a taste of Spain to Ireland in the form of the new cruise-ferry Salamanca which officially was launched at Rosslare Europort this morning. Salamanca, named after the stunning heritage city in Castilla y Léon in Spain, replaces…
Strong financial figures for the French ferry company as their Armorique made the final end of season sailing on the Cork-Roscoff route yesterday. On the same day, the new Salamanca sailed on a maiden crossing from Rosslare to Bilbao, a year-round operated service linking Ireland and Spain.
Brittany Ferries has today published figures showing strong performance for passenger services on UK-Spain/France and France-Ireland routes however there was a fall in traffic on English Channel operations. The figures outlined relate to the ferry firm's full financial year (November…
New era in 'greener' ferry travel as Brittany Ferries’ Salamanca, the first LNG powered passenger ferry to operate from Ireland, departed Rosslare Europort this morning on its maiden voyage to Bilbao, Spain. AFLOAT adds the new E-Flexer class cruiseferry departed almost two hours late, having previously arrived overnight from Cherbourg, replacing chartered in Connemara on the French route also served by the new cruiseferry. Note the LNG ventilation mast near the funnel. Also today, the same operator's Cork-Roscoff 'seasonal' route ends this afternoon as Armorique returns to the Breton port from where sailings resume in March, 2023.
Brittany Ferries’ Salamanca is the first LNG (liquefied natural gas) powered passenger ferry to operate from Ireland as the E-Flexer class cruiseferry departed from Rosslare Europort this morning on its maiden voyage to Bilbao, Spain. Following significant passenger growth on its…
The French Connection: Since Brexit, links between France and Ireland have been getting stronger, with trade increasing by 18% in 2021. To cement relationships further, a new Irish consular post in Brittany, is part of push to increase trade and other partnerships between the nations. The position is to be taken up by Jean-Marc Roué, president of Brittany Ferries seen at the launch reception earlier this year of newbuild cruiseferry Salamanca which AFLOAT reported recently is to enter in November on their Spain-Ireland service and (also Rosslare-Cherbourg) routes, noting the Cork-Roscoff 'seasonal' service is to end early next month.
To strengthen closer post-Brexit links between Brittany and Ireland, the president of ferry operator Brittany Ferries, has become an honorary Irish consul for the north-west region of France, reports The Connexion. In addition, Ireland has also opened a new consulate…
Spanish Government launches Eco Incentive Scheme on the Bilbao-Rosslare route operated by Brittany Ferries, the scheme is to promote maritime freight transport based on environmental merit. Above Salamanca which is to enter service in early November, boosting freight capacity while combining enhanced cruiseferry facilities on the Ireland-Spain link.
The Spanish Government which recently announced an Eco Incentive Scheme implemented on Brittany Ferries Bilbao-Rosslare Europort route, is also to see a new cruiseferry introduced on the service next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the ferry operator, the Eco…
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…

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).