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Operator Brittany Ferries has marked two key milestones in its €550 million fleet renewal programme which includes a pair of E-Flexer newbuilds destined for UK-Spain routes.  At the AVIC Weihai shipyard in Shandong, eastern China, shipyard workers and Brittany Ferries teams…
Operator Brittany Ferries have formally submitted an offer to buy Condor, the French ferry company’s president has said, reports Jersey Evening Post.  Speaking to French newspaper Ouest-France, Jean-Marc Roué confirmed the news but said he thought that other businesses would…
As a company founded by farmers, Brittany Ferries is committed to sustainable development across all aspects of ferry operations, from building new ships to reducing single-use plastics on board. To help the French operator move forward with this, they have appointed their first eco-responsibility manager, Claire Artagnan. AFLOAT adds also pictured above is Armorique which earlier this year operated several sailings on the Cork-Roscoff route while routine flagship Pont-Aven was dry-docked.
Kerry has been announced as the name of Brittany Ferries ropax vessel that Afloat.ie previously reported is to be introduced in November 2019.  The ship Afloat adds is a Visentini-class designed ropax likewise to the existing Ireland-Spain serving Connemara. Kerry…
A Visentini-class ropax Afloat adds likewise of Connemara (above) is to be chartered as the third type of this Italian built series to join Brittany Ferries when it is introduced in November. The charter is to deliver greater flexibility to a route network that connects Ireland, France, Spain and the UK.
A one-year charter by Brittany Ferries of an additional ropax ship is being finalised ahead of the 2020 season. The ropax will be operated by Brittany Ferries from November 2019 until November 2020. The goal is to deliver additional flexibility…
Delayed repairs to Brittany Ferries' Pont-Aven mean the flagship won't sail until at least June 14, the company says as AFLOAT reported yesterday.
Customers in their thousands due to travel with Brittany Ferries are facing holiday disruption with the company's flagship Pont-Aven ferry now out of action until June 14. The cruise-ferry, writes Independent.ie, which sails from Cork to Roscoff in France, has…
With the backdrop of Cobh, Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven passing Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour. Due to ongoing repairs required the French operator had to cancel sailings on the Cork/Roscoff route this weekend (Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June) and the following weekend (Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June). In addition to a number of sailings operating from the UK: Plymouth/Santander and Plymouth/Roscoff routes.
The operator of the Cork/Roscoff route, Brittany Ferries regrets its flagship cruise-ferry Pont-Aven, which has been out of service undergoing repairs since Friday 17th May, will now not be able to resume sailings until Friday 14th June. As a consequence…
Sporting the new Brittany Ferries livery is flagship Pont-Aven when in Cork Harbour before technical issues began to beset the cruiseferry as sailings once again are cancelled on the Cork-Roscoff route next weekend (Sat. 1 June)
Brittany Ferries have been forced yet again to cancel sailings on its Cork-Roscoff route due to operational reasons as flagship Pont-Aven continues to be beset with technical issues, writes Jehan Ashmore. Currently Pont-Aven remains in dry-dock at Damen Shiprepair, Brest,…
A fresh new look for Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven as seen off Cobh during a departure from Ringaskiddy on the Cork-Roscoff route. The resumption of the service comes in a season that no longer includes rivals Irish Ferries Rosslare based routes to France, though Stena Line continue to operate to Cherbourg.
#ferries - It's a busy time for Brittany Ferries as the Easter Holiday is well underway with passengers travelling on the Cork-Roscoff seasonal service, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Good Friday the flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven departed from France to arrive in…
From the Land to the Sea: Jean-Marc Roué, a Breton farmer and boss of Brittany Ferries has concerns over Brexit.
#ferries - A Breton farmer and boss of Brittany Ferries Jean-Marc Roué has recently been re-elected president of Armateurs de France, the French equivalent of the UK Chamber of Shipping, writes Jehan Ashmore. This afternoon the UK Prime Minister, Theresa…
#ferries - Brittany Ferries Cork-Roscoff cruise-ferry Pont-Aven began today its first sailing in 2019 on the seasonal route and will save energy and reduce fuel consumption thanks to the installation of two innovative devices on the ship's propellers. Wärtsilä‘s EnergoProfin…
#ferries - In an announcement today Brittany Ferries has said it is to charter a third brand new cruise-ferry to serve its long-haul routes.  The newbuild to be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas), will be built at the AVIC…
#ferries - Brittany Ferries resumed service on the Cork-Roscoff seasonal route last week and has recently revealed passenger, freight and financial results for 2018. According to figures revealed by Brittany Ferries, passengers using the Ireland-France route totalled 86,388 (2016-217) and 97,174…
#ferries - In another statement issued by Brittany Ferries, the operator has announced it is aware of press reports regarding financial setbacks at FSG, the German shipyard where its next ship, Honfleur is under construction. The statement continued, FSG has…
#ferries - Brittany Ferries last week released a statement (below) to reassure passengers concerned by changes following the UK Government's £108m spending initiative to use ferries to ease potential problems in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The French operator…
The hull of Honfleur for Brittany Ferries (English Channel service) takes to the water for first time as the 42,400 gross tonnage cruiseferry is launched from FSG. The same German shipbuilder that completed Irish Ferries newbuild W.B. Yeats as previously reported on Afloat is finally to make a delivery voyage to Ireland, Dublin next week.
#ferry - The hull of Brittany Ferries’ brand new LNG-powered cruiseferry Honfleur for English Channel service, was today given a traditional ship launching ceremony at the FSG shipyard in Flensburg, Germany. At midday, hundreds of well-wishers, invited guests, shipyard workers…
#ferry - A fresh new look involving a splash of colour across the Brittany Ferries fleet sees a bright new logo in striking shades of blue, orange and green! The new design, which comes with a more modern, warm and…

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).