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Brittany Ferries’ Galicia tests the water in Portsmouth

[ October 14, 2020   //   ]

Brittany Ferries’ new Galicia ship visited Portsmouth on 13 October for berthing trials ahead of her entry into service in December.

She is the longest ship ever in the Brittany Ferries fleet at 215m, with 3km of lane metres for freight and passenger traffic. She is the first new ship to join the fleet since 2009 and is the first since the company announced a multi-million euro investment in fleet renewal back in 2017. Galicia will serve the Portsmouth to Santander route, with two weekly rotations, and one return service a week between Portsmouth and Cherbourg.

By 2023, Galicia will be joined by the Salamanca and Santoña, both powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Brittany Ferries also announced that it had won freight contracts with the Department for Transport to guarantee space on services connecting Le Havre with Portsmouth and Cherbourg with Poole, starting in January 2021.