Brittany Ferries’ PONT-AVEN Out of Action Again

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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.

Engine Room Fire Incident Involving Brittany Ferries PONT-AVEN

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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.

FERRY SHIPPING

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Brittany Ferries Confirms Fourth New Cruise-Ferry

Brittany Ferries decided to charter a third E-Flexer from Stena RoRo, for its UK-Spain route.

Its arrival will bring to three the number of E-Flexer class ships in Brittany Ferries’ fleet following the arrival of GALICIA in 2021 and SALAMANCa in 2022. Brittany Ferries is also constructing another new ship, HONFLEUR, at the FSG shipyard in Flensburg Germany, for delivery expected in late 2019.

The charter agreement, which includes an option to purchase, represents the next step in a fleet renewal and investment programme worth around €550m.

Like SALAMANCA and HONFLEUR, the new ship will be powered by LNG.

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