Ferry company Brittany Ferries has marked two key milestones in its EUR 550 million fleet renewal programme. At the AVIC Weihai shipyard in Shandong, eastern China, shipyard workers and Brittany Ferries teams gathered to celebrate the launch of cruise-ferry GALICIA, and the start of building work for sister ship SALAMANCA.
The Spanish Port of Santander closes the first half year with an increase in total traffic of 9.6% and 6.2 million tons of cargo.
It is the best half year of the last five years and represents a clear recovery of merchandise traffic since the drop experienced in 2016.
On the ferry side, the line from CLdN has driven the growth of the Margen Norte dock. In addition, ro-ro cargo moved by Brittany Ferries has increased by 8.8%.
Through its hub in Zeebrugge, CLdN links Santander with Dublin, Purfleet, Killingholme, Esbjerg and Göteborg.
Brittany Ferries has direct ro-pax connections between Santander and Cork, Plymouth and Portsmouth.
The AF MICHELA (STENA EGERIA) will be arriving in November 2019 for a one-year charter. She will be renamed KERRY.
This ship will cover the Cork to Santander route from November 2019 to November 2020.
The company’s third E-Flexer class ship, also to be chartered from Stena RoRo, will be named SANTOñA. She will arrive in 2023 and like sister ship SALAMANCA, she will be powered by LNG.
Brittany Ferries to Charter Another Visentini Ferry from Stena RoRo
Brittany Ferries is going to charter an additional ferry ahead of the 2020 season. The ship is currently sailing in the Adriatic as AF MICHELA.
There are three main reasons for the charter:
- During winter, Brittany Ferries have to send their ferry PONT-AVEN to a yard to have one of her four engines replaced. That will take almost 3 months.
- To cope with potential delays in the delivery of HONFLEUR, under construction in Flensburg.
- Generate additional capacity to prepare for the impacts of Brexit, should it happen at the end of October.
The chartered ro-pax will be operated from November 2019 until November 2020. She will take over Brittany Ferries sailings from Cork to Santander.
CONNEMARA, which operates between Cork and Santander today, will be brought under the French-flag. This is six months earlier than originally planned and reinforces Brittany Ferries commitment to the employment of French seafarers, a very important issue in France.
Following her re-flagging, CONNEMARA will be free to cover scheduled dry-dock periods for other vessels over the winter and to release ETRETAT (currently operating Portsmouth to Le Havre) to cover services from the UK to Spain in April.
Brittany Ferries Might Be Interested in Condor Ferries
An internal letter from Brittany Ferries informed its employees that the company might be interested in taking over Condor Ferries, together with a co-investor.
Brittany Ferries would not like to see Condor being taken over by a competitor.
The BF management said it was too early to comment.
Condor Ferries is currently owned by The Australian Macquarie Fund.
Royal Marines have stormed a Brittany Ferries ship (ARMORIQUE) packed with passengers sailing to Plymouth, as they rehearsed boarding drills in the Channel.
Portsmouth International Port’s relationship with Brittany Ferries has been strengthened following the announcement of an additional five years to a joint long-term agreement.
This means Brittany Ferries is committed to Portsmouth until the end of 2031, during which time a further three ships will join the current fleet serving routes from the city. Alongside the HONFLEUR, GALICIA and SALAMANCA will both be based in Portsmouth from 2021.
Currently the port welcomes over 1.85 million Brittany Ferries’ passengers annually.
To make sure the Port can meet its customers’ expectations recently the council approved £19m of investment to transform the facilities and overhaul existing infrastructure.
A hydraulic problem with one of PONT-AVEN’s two steering gear systems was reported during manoeuvres in the port of Roscoff, following her overnight crossing from Plymouth which departed on the evening of 16 May 2019.
As a consequence of reduced steering capacity, she had to be taken out of service. She sailed under her own steam to Brest where repairs to the affected steering system are taking place.
Before, on 29 April 2019, the modern ferry experienced an engine room fire occurred while it was sailing from Plymouth to Santander.
29 April 2019, an engine room fire occurred while PONT-AVEN was sailing from Plymouth to Santander.
It took place approximately 100 nautical miles south of Brest.
The well-trained crew immediately brought the fire under control.
There were no injuries as a consequence of the incident.
The ferry arrived in Brest on her own power during the afternoon, and subsequent crossings have been cancelled.