Low-cost competition worries Brittany Ferries chief

Brittany Ferries saw “a worrying decline” in freight volumes in the summer (June to September) season, although passenger figures were encouraging. Chief executive Christophe Mathieu said that while the majority of freight is carried outside the summer months, the trend reflected an overall decline in volume, adding: “This is particularly worrying on eastern Channel routes, where we have been hit by over-capacity on short sea routes such as Dover/Calais. “The ensuing price ... [+]

Portsmouth to start work on shore power scheme

Portsmouth International Port is to start work on a shore power system at its three busiest berths following a £19.8m award from the Government’s Zero Emissions Vessels and Infrastructure competition, funded by UK Government and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. The port will embark on the Sea Change project with ... [+]

Ferry firms sign up to labour code, but will it be enough ask unions

Brittany Ferries' chief executive Christophe Mathieu, and president Jean-Marc Roué signed a voluntary charter to protect the rights of seafarers on the English Channel on 24 July. The ceremony was hosted by French shipping minister Hervé Berville, and UK maritime minister, Baroness Vere.The charters are a complement to laws mandating ... [+]

Brittany welcomes French plan to outlaw low-wage ferries

Brittany Ferries has welcomed a proposed French law to block ferry companies from ports if they do not pay seafarers minimum wages. It received unanimous support in the Assemblée Nationale on 28 March and has now passed to the Senate in the next step in the legislative process. The new law ... [+]

New Brittany ship for Portsmouth

Brittany Ferries’ liquefied natural gas-powered Santoña is now operating from Portsmouth International Port. The cruise ferry operates to Santander in northern Spain twice a week and to Cherbourg in France once a week. She is the third in a series of five new vessels to join the fleet between 2019 and ... [+]

Brittany freight shows signs of Covid hangover

Brittany Ferries said freight traffic has struggled to recover to pre-Covid 2019 levels, in its annual figures for the 12 months to the end of October 2022. Freight was down 27% on UK/France routes, and 22% on UK/Spain. The relatively small Ireland/France and Ireland/Spain markets showed gains of 606% and 172% ... [+]

Freight is key to Plymouth plans

Plymouth City Council, Associated British Ports and Brittany Ferries have signed an agreement to expand Millbay Docks, including to develop freight traffic. The organisations are working on a funding strategy likely to consider strategic Government funding available for freight, net zero and ports as well as private investment. The partners say ... [+]

Brittany Ferries confirms rail link plan

Brittany Ferries has given the go-ahead to a new rail freight link between Cherbourg and Bayonne. The ferry company first announced the rail project back in February 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 crisis hit, but while the project was delayed, it was never cancelled, it says During the pause, Brittany Ferries ... [+]

First sailing for Brittany’s LNG ferry

Brittany Ferries’ Salamanca, the first LNG-powered ferry to operate in UK waters, left Portsmouth for the first time at the weekend of 25/26 March, on its inaugural voyage to Bilbao, Spain. Four LNG ferries will be added to the fleet, based in Portsmouth, including two hybrids, by 2025. Salamanca will make ... [+]

Brittany to resume full services

Brittany Ferries is planning to operate a full complement of ships and this summer, for the first time since the Covid outbreak. The operator’s first LNG powered vessel, the Salamanca, will sail for the first time with passengers from Portsmouth to Bilbao on 27 March. As well as connecting the UK ... [+]

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