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Superfast V to Brittany Ferries on: December 16, 2009, 05:48:14 pm
It has been announced today that Brittany Ferries have acquired Superfast V. No word yet on what route she is to appear on...
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Re: Superfast V to Brittany Ferries Reply #1 on: December 16, 2009, 05:53:59 pm
Brittany Ferries acquires SUPERFAST V
In a surprise move, Brittany Ferries has acquired the Greek ferry SUPERFAST V from Attica Holding. With her service speed capability (28 knots), it seems logical if she in the first place will be used on the route to Santander, where the company has lately developed considerable freight volumes.



The vessel was delivered in 2000 at Howaldtswerke in Kiel in a package consisting of 2+4 vessels with two different configurations, of which the latter four have already been disposed of to Tallink and SeaFrance.  SUPERFAST V has a capacity of 1,608 passengers of which 842 in beds, and 712 cars or 1,926 lanemetres. She was built at a cost of USD 112.5 million. The price Brittany Ferries had to pay for SUPERFAST V has not been made official.
Superfast Ferries have acquired two Apuania-built ropax vessels recently and with falling volumes on the Adriatic Sea, the removal of yet another ferry can be seen as a consolidation though at the same time, competitor Minoan Lines has added ferry capacity.
When Brittany Ferries started to use its Channel ropax COTENTIN to make additional weekend sailings to Santander, it surprisingly achieved an instant success and the crossings have later been increased to twice a week. Freight vehicles are sailing when the roads are banned for driving. The current Brittany Ferries mainstay for the passenger service to Spain is the PONT-AVEN. She is likely to remain there as she has become very popular among British vacationers with her high comfort. The move is probably rather to be looked upon as a concentrated effort to strengthen the UK-Spain corridor which would also have environmental benefits when lifting volumes from the roads.

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Re: Superfast V to Brittany Ferries Reply #2 on: December 16, 2009, 09:56:17 pm
I have useed Superfast  from Ancona to Patras, a 19 hr Crossing.

Great ships, great cabins.

With the increased capacity to Spain any chance of an additional service from Cork (to Spain or France)

Not so long ago there was talk of a Cork Spain Service.



Re: Superfast V to Brittany Ferries Reply #3 on: December 16, 2009, 10:27:48 pm
The Port of Cork are confident that the Cork - Spain service will go ahead , last word was that they had an operator who is interested , grant aid is available and all that was being waited on was for the operator to come up with a suitable ship , I wonder if either this is the ship being waited on , or a ship that will release the one being waited on(Bretagne seems to have a lot of free time when its not operating Cork - Roscoff in its 2010 timetable)
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Re: Superfast V to Brittany Ferries Reply #4 on: December 16, 2009, 10:30:16 pm
She has the same speed (roughly) as the Pont Aven, so the most logical thing to do with her is run her along side the Pont, but we will have to wait and see....



Re: Superfast V to Brittany Ferries Reply #5 on: December 16, 2009, 10:47:16 pm
Interestingly I notice that Pont Aven which is currently operating the Portsmouth - St. Malo service which was expected to be a permenant move has been reversed and Pont Aven will move from that service again on March 12th and will see the Bretagne resume that service , looks like some swapping and chopping of fleet allocations on the cards .
Does anyone know if Armorique is still out of service?



Re: Superfast V to Brittany Ferries Reply #6 on: December 17, 2009, 07:49:28 am
The Armourique appears to be out of service until 6th March 2010, she will stand in for the Normandie for a week on Portsmouth Caen and on 14th March revert to Plymouth Roscoff.

Picture of Superfast V in Ancona (from HHV Ferry).
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Re: Superfast V to Brittany Ferries Reply #7 on: December 17, 2009, 12:50:49 pm
Matt, from HHV Ferry, has upload some onboard photos to his site, click here.

Le Telegramme, who broke the story in the French press are today saying she will run to Spain (from the UK), and that the Barfleur will be "temperately exchanged" with Superfast.
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Re: Superfast V to Brittany Ferries Reply #8 on: December 19, 2009, 08:08:14 pm
looking at the photo's the ship looks great inside , it should fit in well with the rest of the Brittany Ferries fleet which is well known for its high internal standards.