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The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: May 09, 2021, 02:04:22 pm »
No surprise but BF have postponed resumption of passenger services to 6th June

Brittany Ferries has confirmed that it will not resume its full sailing schedule on 17th May as it had originally planned. The decision comes following changes to international travel rules, and in particular clarification of the UK government?s traffic light framework.

Normal sailings are now scheduled to resume on 6th June, however the situation will be continuously reviewed. The company says it is hopeful that France and Spain will be re-allocated to the green list shortly, thanks to falling Covid cases and rapidly rising vaccination rates.

 As a result of this decision the following sailings will now not operate from 17th May until 6th June:

    Armorique Plymouth/Roscoff & Roscoff/Cork (passenger sailings)
    Barfleur Poole/Cherbourg
    Bretagne Portsmouth/St Malo
    Cap Finist?re Portsmouth/Bilbao
    Pont-Aven Plymouth/Roscoff, Plymouth/Santander & Roscoff/Cork
    Normandie Portsmouth/Caen (passenger sailings)

Despite this the company will continue to operate a number of core services from 17th May until 6th June for those passengers who are still able to travel ? for example for essential travel reasons ? and for the carriage of freight. These routes and sailings are as follows:

    Armorique Roscoff/Cork & Cork/St Malo, Poole/St Malo (freight only)
    Connemara Rosslare/Bilbao & Rosslare/Cherbourg
    Cotentin Portsmouth/Le Havre (freight only)
    Galicia Portsmouth/Santander & Portsmouth/Cherbourg
    Mont St Michel Portsmouth/Caen
    Normandie Portsmouth/Caen (freight only)
    Pelican Poole/Bilbao (freight only)

Brittany Ferries is in the process of contacting all affected customers in order to arrange alternative sailings, or a refund. It is likely that the passenger relations teams will be extremely busy during this period, and customers affected by these changes are requested to wait to be contacted concerning their booking. Brittany Ferries apologises for any disruption to travel plans.

 ?We?re disappointed to be postponing our return to normal operations, and I offer my sincere apologies to all our customers whose travel plans will be affected,? said Christophe Mathieu, CEO Brittany Ferries.

?But the reality is that current travel rules in our four markets ? UK, France, Spain and Ireland ? have significantly weakened demand. In the current climate, where our company relies on bank loans to carry it through the most difficult period in its history, it is simply not possible to run loss-making services without passengers.

?Looking ahead however, we remain optimistic. The health situation is improving, not only in the UK but also in France and Spain. And the vaccine rollout is moving apace. We believe that ferry travel is now more attractive than ever. Passengers can avoid the crowds and concerns that come travelling by air. As soon as the situation allows, we will welcome passengers back ? and offer them a safe, comfortable and enjoyable means to reach beautiful destinations by sea.?

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: May 01, 2021, 12:32:46 pm »
Meant to post yesterday, Blue Star 1 used its speed on 28th April, leaving Pembroke at 17.09 and arriving in Rosslare at 19.47.just over 2hrs30mins for the crossing, possibly the fastest crossing from  Pembroke by a regular ferry.

Great asset for Irish Ferries to this ability to make up time if needed.

The News Board / Re: Set the Sky + BBC ONE 11 am Monday April 26th
« on: April 26, 2021, 09:17:56 pm »
For someone like me who has never had the opportunity to see behind the scenes I found that interesting.

Same here especially on a new ship like Stena Estrid.

Thanks again to @giftgrub for the heads up!

The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: April 25, 2021, 01:24:53 pm »
Armorique passing Roches Point Lighthouse yesterday evening bound for Roscoff

The News Board / Re: Set the Sky + BBC ONE 11 am Monday April 26th
« on: April 23, 2021, 12:36:35 pm »
Recorder set. Thanks for the heads up!

The News Board / Re: DFDS Rosslare
« on: April 19, 2021, 02:19:42 pm »
Just came across video of crossing from Rosslare to Dunkerque onboard the m/s Drotten

Nice video

The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: April 17, 2021, 07:59:07 pm »
Few pics of Armorique departing Cork for Roscoff earlier this evening

The News Board / Re: DFDS Rosslare
« on: April 09, 2021, 11:44:09 am »
Fourth DFDS vessel at start of April didn't appear. Seems to be working between Felixstowe and Netherlands. Noticed too that Armourique isn't stopping in Rosslare for BF anymore. Has the avoiding the land bridge trend been sated?
Armourique calling at Rosslare was always a temporary operation. BF had the ship and deploying her made financial sense. She's currently covering for the Pont Aven (which remains laid-up in Le Havre) from Cork.

As per the attached BF freight schedule Armorique is now doing 2 sailing a week ex Cork to Roscoff/St Malo

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: April 07, 2021, 08:40:10 pm »
Lovely video of the Inishmore departing Rosslare for the final time before refit in Brest and starting service on Dover-Calais

Great video. Sorry to see her go!

The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: April 04, 2021, 12:45:49 pm »
Armoriques Rosslare to St Malo freight sailings have been replaced by a Cork to St Malo route.
Armorique will depart  St Malo Friday night at 8pm arriving in Cork at 2pm.
Departing Cork Saturday at 6pm arriving Roscoff Sunday at noon.   
Departing Roscoff Monday at 8pm arriving Cork Tuesday at 2pm
and departing Cork Tuesday at 8pm arriving St Malo at 2pm Wednesday

The Merrion Lounge / Re: Suez Canal Blocked
« on: March 27, 2021, 11:44:16 am »
Article in todays Examiner about the Cork version  ;D

The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: March 26, 2021, 04:00:46 pm »
Wow! We didn't see that coming. If it was 5 days later I would have thought it was an April fool stunt. It begs a few questions notably given that IF have agreed to stay on in Pembroke Harbour what ship will replace IOI? Will it be Blue Star 1 or another vessel? Also what will the benefit be for Irish hauliers  over using a conventional service like Eurotunnel?

Confirmed here

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
« on: March 26, 2021, 09:35:27 am »

No prizes, but what links Blue Star 1 and several other vessels on the Irish Sea ?

Built in the same shipyard?

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
« on: March 26, 2021, 09:08:17 am »
Blue Star 1 to replace Inishmore on Rosslare Pembroke route

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: March 21, 2021, 12:48:57 pm »
Looks like Biue Star 1 is coming for awhile, getting branded in IF name

Assume she'll mainly be on the Dublin-Cherbourg run?

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