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Brittany Ferries is back

[ June 26, 2020   //   ]

Brittany Ferries is to stage a limited return of scheduled passenger services with five ships carrying passengers from Monday, 29 June and a further three ships covering four routes re-opening in July.

Services from Portsmouth to Caen, Bilbao resume on 29 June, as will those from Plymouth to Roscoff and Rosslare to Roscoff. Rosslare to Roscoff restarts on 30 June.

Services from Rosslare to Bilbao restart on 1 July, followed by Cork to Roscoff on 3 July and Plymouth to Santander on 5 July.

Three more ships will resume passenger services in July, the Normandie between Portsmouth and Caen from 12 July, the Bretagne between Portsmouth and St Malo on 17 July and the Connemara between Portsmouth and Cherbourg and Le Havre (10 & 12 July respectively.

However, three vessels will not operate this summer: The Étretat between Portsmouth and  Le Havre and the Normandie Express between Portsmouth and Cherbourg ((although these two routes will be served by the Connemara), and the Barfleur between Poole and Cherbourg.

Brittany Ferries has terminated the contract with the German Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft yard for the construction of the LNG-powered Honfleur ferry. It follows the yard’s placing under the protection of the Commercial Court in May 2020, and unsuccessful discussions with the current management of FSG and its main creditors, Brittany Ferries saying that it had lost confidence in the yard’s ability to complete the vessel within a reasonable period of time. Under construction since 2017. Honfleur was originally scheduled to enter service in June 2019, but delivery of the vessel has been postponed several times due to persistent financial problems.