Brittany Ferries Publishes 2018 Results And Urges French Authorities To Keep Goods, Passengers And Wealth Flowing Freely Post-Brexit

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Brittany Ferries carried 2.6 million passengers on all routes last year, an increase of 1.4%.

It made a profit of €8 million on a total turnover of €442m.

The encouraging results come despite the pound being worth around 15% less than it was two years ago. That has proved challenging for a company whose income is generated in pounds sterling, with a cost-base in euros.

Further challenges have come from on-going Brexit uncertainty and the effect this is having on summer 2019 bookings.

Brittany Ferries’ success is largely built on British customers. In total, 85% of passengers come from the UK.

It has therefore used its 2018 results to reinforce an important message to French government: take urgent steps to ensure British holiday makers and freight move freely. The regions of north west France depend upon Brittany Ferries as a significant wealth generator.

“BC Ferries Is On The Whole A Well-Run Company,” Says Report

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The Review of Coastal Ferry Services confirms that the coastal ferry service is a vital part of the provincial economy and critical to both those who use ferry services and for the province as a whole.

BC Ferries President and CEO Mark Collins appreciates the review concluding that “BC Ferries is on the whole a well-run company.”

The review also recognizes that “employees and managers are committed to providing a safe, reliable service for the coast and work hard at it every day of the week” and “Board of Directors take seriously its obligation to provide good strategic direction and oversight.”

BC Ferries acknowledges and appreciates the financial contribution the Province made over the past year, along with contributions from BC Ferries, to fare affordability and helping to keep fares flat and lower fares on some routes.

Brittany Ferries And Repsol Pave The Way For UK/Spain LNG Ferry Operations

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Brittany Ferries has signed an agreement with Spanish energy company Repsol for the delivery of LNG to its Spanish operations.

Repsol will install a fixed quayside LNG storage and supply system in one of Brittany Ferries’ two Spanish ports, Santander or Bilbao. Repsol will then supply LNG to Brittany Ferries’ SALAMANCA. A final decision on the location of the terminal will be made later in 2019.

Construction of the new ship is planned at the Avic International Weihai shipyard in China. Under the agreement between Brittany Ferries and Repsol, the supply of LNG will begin in 2022.

IN THE MEDIA

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Cross-Channel Firms Challenge UK Brexit Ferry Decisions

The CEOs of Eurotunnel and Port of Calais have objected to the emergency contracts awarded by the UK government to Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Seaborne Freight to provide additional ro-ro capacity in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, threatening to take legal action.

IN THE MEDIA

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Brittany Ferries To Offer Year-round Service Out Of Ireland

Building on the launch of its new Cork to Santander route in 2018, Brittany Ferries has introduced a new winter sailing schedule designed to facilitate its Ireland to Spain freight traffic.

This new winter service will allow hauliers to bypass UK over Brexit fears

FERRY SHIPPING

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Rebranding Of Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries is adding a splash of colour to its ships, with a bright new logo in striking shades of blue, orange and green. The new design, which comes with a more modern, warm and lyrical typeface, will be applied to each ship during refit, and will eventually be emblazoned on the side of every vessel’s hull and funnel.

The design reflects the “fullness of the Brittany Ferries experience”: the richness of travel by sea, the warmth of the welcome ashore and on board, and the spirit of discovery for some of Western Europe’s most beautiful holiday destinations.

The new visual identity comes as part of a multi-million euro investment to make Brittany Ferries fit for the future. Three brand new ships are currently under construction and due to join the fleet in 2019, 2021 and 2022.

A wide-ranging digital transformation programme is also underway, aimed at enhancing every aspect of the customer experience from researching to booking, checking-in, sailing, holidaying and returning home.

Logo: from oldest logo to newest (on top)

Brittany Ferries: Good Summer But Brexit Uncertainty Dents Demand For 2019

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Brittany Ferries can look back on an encouraging summer season. However the company has also raised the alarm. Noting a fall in demand for family holidays next summer, it has warned of serious consequences for international tourism and the regions it serves if a Brexit deal does not bring certainty and the free movement across borders enjoyed by customers today.

The figures:

  • In Q3, passenger traffic rose by 2%.
  • Strongest performance on Cork-Roscoff (pax + 9%)
  • Portsmouth-Caen (which carries around 30% of passengers) pax +2% rise.
  • Plymouth-Roscoff (-1%)
  • Cherbourg-Portsmouth (-9%) because a shorter season for the summer-only high-speed service with NORMANDIE EXPRESS.
  • Freight volumes (-5%)

Second Construction Milestone Readies Brittany Ferries HONFLEUR For A More Efficient Future

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On August 7, the traditional coin ceremony took place at FSG shipyard in Flensburg.

For Brittany Ferries and the shipyard it was an occasion to highlight the design process of the hull design, something for which FSG is well respected.

“Passengers will never see Honfleur’s hull, but they will certainly feel its benefit,” said Brice Robinson, Brittany Ferries naval architect, speaking from the keel laying ceremony.

After assembly, HONFLEUR’s hull will be launched in December.

Photo: HONFLEUR’s first mate Fleur Le Derff and FSG head of building berth Michel Bollman at the keel laying ceremony