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% respectively, reflecting lower volumes using the UK land-bridge. However, Brittany Ferries says it is optimistic for the year ahead. The operator ... [+]

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 ... [+]

Brittany Ferries launches Le Havre-Rosslare route

Brittany Ferries has added a new weekly Le Havre-Rosslare service to its Cherbourg–Rosslare introduced in early 2020The new route will be served by the freight-only Cotentin from 12 November and will depart the French port ay 19.00 on Friday evenings, arriving in Rosslare on Saturday afternoon. The return leg will ... [+]

Happy return for Cap Finistère

Brittany Ferries’ ro-pax ferry Cap Finistère returns to service between Portsmouth and Bilbao on 19 July. It follows a six-month break in sailings forced by coronavirus travel restrictions, and consequent drop in freight and passenger demand. But with demand returning, the first Cap Finistère sailing of 2021 will depart Portsmouth for ... [+]

Brittany shelves Porto plan

Brittany Ferries has shelved plans for a new route between the UK with Porto in Portugal due to start this summer. It said that the decision to re-open Spain to British tourists, combined with falling Covid cases and rapidly rising vaccination rates in the country, means opening a new Porto ... [+]

Brittany postpones restart

Brittany Ferries said in early May that it would not resume its full sailing schedule on 17 May as it had originally planned, following the UK government’s ‘traffic light’ framework for personal travel but would restart its full timetable on 6 June. Despite this the company will continue to operate ... [+]

Brittany Ferries plots recovery after worst year in decades

Freight fared relatively well at Brittany Ferries in what was otherwise some of the most disappointing figures in its history it said following its annual general meeting in St Pol de Leon, France on 19 March. In a year dominated by the Covid crisis and amid on-going Brexit concerns, freight ... [+]

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