Brittany Ferries and Ports de Normandie Launch Ambitious Rail Project

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Brittany Ferries is going to become a rail operator too. The idea is to launch a freight train connecting Bayonne, close to the Spanish border, and Cherbourg. From there on, freight can be transferred to ferries, bound for Ireland or the UK.

Brittany Ferries has several strategic reasons:

  • Enhancing productivity by reducing the number of semi-tractors, creating more space for the trailer and thus augmenting the percentage of non-accompanied freight.
  • Anticipating emission regulations by offering a service with a better environmental performance.
  • Consolidation of its market position on the long routes to Spain and the British Isles.

Ports de Normandie has an ambitious strategy too:

  • Making the ports ready for larger ferries
  • Increasing its hinterland.
  • Giving logistic answers to Brexit
  • Creating multimodal services, as an alternative for or complimentary to road tarnsport
  • Helping to make transport greener.

Brittany Ferries will finance the new rail terminal in Bayonne and a fleet of LOHR railway wagons. The LOHR railway wagon has been lowered and articulated and as a result allows for fast and safe transfer of semitrailers.

Brittany Ferries Inaugurates New Building in Saint-Malo

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In Saint-Malo, Brittany Ferries has moved its offices from ‘Gare Maritime de la Bourse’ (ferry terminal) to Parc Atalante, some 7km south.

New offices have been built, with a surface of almost 1,000m2.

The building includes a training center:

  • Education of crew for the use of LNG
  • Education for certain jobs, such as security officer
  • New firefighting techniques
  • HR

‘Brittany Ferries Atalante’ has been officially opened on 7 February. Present were, amongst others, Jean-Yves Le Drian, minister of European and Foreign Affairs, and Amélie de Montchalin, his secretary of state.


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Cyprus-Greece Passenger Ferry Still a Long Way to Go

The government’s proposal to re-establish a long-defunct car and passenger ferry service to Greece from Cyprus by the summer of 2020 is being implemented step by step, but there is still a long way to go, Phileleftheros reports citing insiders.


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Brittany Ferries: Rosslare – Bilbao replaces Cork – Santander as key freight route to Europe

Brittany Ferries has announced that it is to move its Ireland/Spain sailings from Cork to Rosslare Europort, with the first sailing due to take place on 28 February.

  • The change is in response to demand from Irish and continental hauliers
  • Company confirms ongoing commitment to Cork – Roscoff, which will continue to be primary tourism route, with 100,000 pax/year.
  • New Rosslare services will include an Ireland-France rotation to Roscoff
  • Rosslare sailings to commence 28 February 2020
  • The new Spanish arrival port from Rosslare will be Bilbao

“This was not a decision we took lightly and follows extensive consultation with our freight customers who sought better road connections and reduced driving distances,” said Christophe Mathieu Brittany Ferries CEO. “We opened the route in 2018 with a two-year trial window. While passenger numbers have been encouraging, the reality is that freight numbers, which are key to route viability, were not sufficiently robust.  However I want to make it clear that we remain committed to Cork, with our flagship PONT-AVEN cruise-ferry service to Roscoff.”

The Cork-Santander route which was launched in 2018 was primarily aimed at the freight market into Europe although it also carried holidaymakers, with an ‘économie’ no-frills onboard experience. The new route out of Rosslare will again concentrate on freight with an option for holidaymakers.

Why Rosslare – Bilbao?

The consensus among hauliers is that Rosslare, with its proximity to Dublin and the east coast road network, is a preferred option.  Equally hauliers operating on the European mainland noted that Bilbao is more attuned to freight traffic and has easier transport links into Europe.

As with the current Cork-Santander sailings, the new Rosslare-Bilbao sailing will be twice-weekly and will incorporate a weekly Ireland/France rotation.

(Source: Brittany Ferries)


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Condor Ferries CEO Welcomes the Expertise of the New Owners

See also our extra news flash from 14 November 2019.

Paul Luxon, Condor Ferries’ CEO, said in a statement that he is delighted with the agreement between the current shareholder, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, to sell its 100% interest in Condor Ferries to a consortium of Columbia Threadneedle Investments, the majority shareholder, and Brittany Ferries.

“The new shareholders wholeheartedly share our vision and strategy for maintaining and developing essential Channel Islands’ lifeline ferry services across the freight supply chain, Islander travel and tourism sectors. Having met with senior executives of CTI and BF on several occasions, the company welcomes such experience and expertise from the new shareholders and having introduced them to key stakeholders including politicians and senior civil servants, discussions on fleet replacement and future investment will continue.”

He added that Condor Ferries’ management and staff will continue to deliver the five-year business plan that is underway. “We will continue to focus on providing efficient and effective sea connectivity to support the Channel Islands’ economies”.


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Brittany Ferries and Columbia Threadneedle Investments reach agreement to acquire Condor Ferries from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Brittany Ferries, in consortium with the Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (ESIF), has reached an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Condor Ferries from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA).

Contracts have been signed and the deal is expected to be executed following scrutiny by relevant regulatory authorities. Brittany Ferries will hold a minority stake.

Condor Ferries is an operator of lifeline freight and passenger ferry services. Each year, Condor Ferries carries approximately 1 million passengers, 200,000 passenger vehicles, and over 900,000 freight lane meters between Guernsey, Jersey, the United Kingdom, and the Port of St. Malo in France.

Brittany Ferries began operations in 1973. Today its fleet includes twelve ships connecting France, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain. It operates from three ports in the UK, Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth and carries around 2.5 million passengers every year, as well as 210,000 freight units.

ESIF is a new open-ended, evergreen fund that invests in European mid-market equity assets, managed by leading global asset management group Columbia Threadneedle Investments.