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Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #330 on: July 30, 2020, 12:10:24 pm
It seems there is a chance that Honfleur construction will be finished by Siem who currently own her
Any details on that , links or is it speculation .

A friend who works in the ferry industry told me that the other day.



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #331 on: July 30, 2020, 01:19:07 pm
It seems there is a chance that Honfleur construction will be finished by Siem who currently own her
Any details on that , links or is it speculation .

A friend who works in the ferry industry told me that the other day.
What becomes of the ship then if and when it's completed .



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #332 on: July 30, 2020, 03:16:24 pm
My guess it will be auctioned off. Perhaps they will offer it to Brittany Ferries first at the original full contract price. Assuming they decline they then may get it for a bargain at the auction. However, if its a Dutch Auction, (where the price starts ridiculously high, then decreases until a bid is made), it could go for more than the contract price. Heavily depends on the interest in her and who has the dosh.



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #333 on: July 30, 2020, 05:01:27 pm
It seems there is a chance that Honfleur construction will be finished by Siem who currently own her
Any details on that , links or is it speculation .

Came across this:

https://www.niferry.co.uk/fsg-sells-cancelled-ferry-honfleur/



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #334 on: July 30, 2020, 05:12:11 pm
It seems there is a chance that Honfleur construction will be finished by Siem who currently own her
Any details on that , links or is it speculation .
Thanks for the info , that gives a clearer picture of the situation .

Came across this:

https://www.niferry.co.uk/fsg-sells-cancelled-ferry-honfleur/



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #335 on: August 20, 2020, 02:20:40 pm
Irish routes unaffected but BF are cutting back on some other routes from next month

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Brittany Ferries confirms post-August schedule changes, as demand slumps

19 August 2020

Following the imposition of quarantine on travellers returning from France and the effect this has had on existing reservations as well as forward demand, Brittany Ferries today confirms changes to scheduled services. The news follows a weekend in which 35,000 passengers either cancelled or delayed their travel plans with the company. Forward demand for autumn sailings is also extremely weak. As a consequence, the company has been forced to change its schedules, with the first changes applying from the end of August. The following ships and route amendments have now been confirmed:

Brittany Ferries Armorique will be laid up from 31 August. She currently serves the Plymouth to Roscoff route.

Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven will replace Armorique on the Plymouth to Roscoff route from 10 September with three return trips per week. Pont-Aven will also continue to operate one return sailing from Plymouth to Santander and from Roscoff to Cork during the week.

Brittany Ferries Bretagne will be laid up from 7 September. She currently serves the Portsmouth to St Malo route.

Brittany Ferries Etretat will not resume crossings, as planned: Connemara will continue to operate the Cherbourg and Le Havre rotations from Portsmouth, but will no longer serve Spain.

?We warned over the weekend that schedule changes were likely, as quarantine measures have led to a significant drop in demand for our services,? said Christophe Mathieu, director general Brittany Ferries. ?This is not something we want to do. However, in the context of a terrible summer season we have no choice but to consolidate sailings that, by virtue of lack of passenger numbers, are uneconomic to run. These extraordinary decisions are regrettable and we apologise in advance to all those whose travel plans will be disrupted.?

Around 50,000 passengers with existing bookings will be affected by the schedule changes. Brittany Ferries apologises in advance for the inconvenience and will do all it can to accommodate displaced customers on other services. The call centre is expected to be very busy in the days ahead. Passengers are therefore asked to wait for notification of any change to their booking and ? where possible ? to make alternative arrangements via the My Booking facility on the website:





Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #336 on: August 21, 2020, 05:14:20 pm
Very very worrying year for the entire tourist industry at home & abroad and reading between the lines, the disruption which had led to such a massive dent on passenger leisure travel since mid-March (and still ongoing) is just an absolute nightmare scenario for promoting business and generating sales for 2021 season as advanced/forward booking is unlikely to be strong against the backdrop of economies entering major recession, no vaccine for COVID-19 and so on.

Ferry operators, cruise companies, airlines, airports, hotels, bars, restaurants, festivals, live entertainment, b&bs/guesthouses, tourist/backpacker hostels, airbnb, holiday letting agencies, campsites etc;

Brittany Ferries and it's competitors cannot continue to operate at such a loss and will reluctantly have to adjust it's range of services accordingly. Let's hope all operators can find a way to survive for the common good into the future. Any plans previously announced for 2021 may be revised if things remain so uncertain in January/February.     



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #337 on: August 25, 2020, 09:31:13 am
Video of BFs new ship Galicia that will come into service in December this year. It,ll sail twice a week from Portsmouth to Santander and once a week from Portsmouth to Cherbourg. 

https://youtu.be/LSpcbhQ66qw



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #338 on: August 26, 2020, 06:17:53 pm
I've not seen her listed on AIS yet.

Does anybody know when Galicia and Stena Embla are due to make their delivery journeys?



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #339 on: August 27, 2020, 09:38:09 am



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #340 on: August 29, 2020, 10:11:33 am
The Rosslare to Roscoff route is finishing earlier than planned. It was due to run to end of October but the last sailing ex Rosslare will be on Monday 31st August. The new route to Cherbourg is due to commence on 21st March 2021.



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #341 on: September 01, 2020, 02:15:32 pm
https://brittanyferriesnewsroom.com/further-schedule-changes-are-regrettable-but-necessary-says-brittany-ferries/

In the face of a terrible summer season and weak forward demand for services this autumn, Brittany Ferries has been forced to take further decisive action. It has confirmed further schedule changes to be implemented within the next week. The aim is to reduce costs as part of the company?s five-year recovery plan.

It follows decisions by the UK government to impose quarantine restrictions on those arriving from Spain, and more recently France. This led to an immediate run on cancellations. Around 65,000 passengers have cancelled reservations since quarantine measures were announced. Furthermore, the company reports significantly weakened demand for services this autumn.

?We carried virtually no passenger traffic between the months of April and June, as the Covid-19 crisis hit,? said Brittany Ferries director general Christophe Mathieu. ?When we resumed, we had hoped to salvage 350,000 passengers from a summer season that would usually achieve more than double that number.

?The reality however is that we are unlikely to reach 200,000. Passenger traffic accounts for around 75 percent of our income, so our bottom line has been hit hard. It?s is why we must continue to take decisive action to reduce our costs to get us through the worst of this unprecedented crisis.?

The company has re-affirmed that its foundations are strong even in the fact of the worst crisis in its history. A robust five-year recovery plan is in place and the good news is that reservations for the 2021 season are strong. Around 100,000 more passengers have reserved a holiday next year, compared with those booking during the same period in 2019.

However, in the short term more passengers will be affected by schedule changes. The company apologises to all affected customers, and says it will do all it can to accommodate them onto alternative sailings:

The most significant change for September involves Brittany Ferries ?Connemara?. Currently serving Cherbourg-Portsmouth and Le Havre-Portsmouth, she will be taken out of service entirely from 7 September. Regrettably this means the closure of the Cherbourg-Portsmouth and Le Havre-Portsmouth routes.

It follows previously advised closure of the St-Malo Portsmouth route, with services terminating from 7 September. Cherbourg-Poole will also remain closed for the remainder of the year, having ceased operations at the end of March and not having resumed in June.

The company?s busiest route Caen-Portsmouth remains unaffected for the next two months. Normandie and Mont St Michel will continue three daily departures as normal, with Armorique covering each ship?s technical stop in November and December respectively, running in freight-only mode.

The full fleet plan for ships and routes follows:

 
Ship            Route                                                           Change
Connemara    Cherbourg ? Portsmouth Le Havre ? Portsmouth    Laid up from 7 September, no further service on either route until further notice

Bretagne            St Malo ? Portsmouth                   Laid up from 7 September, no further service until 22nd March
Armorique         Roscoff ? Plymouth                           Laid up from 31 August

From November, Armorique re-enters service on Caen-Portsmouth in freight-only mode, covering technical lay-overs of Normandie and Mont St Michel She will then be laid up between Jan 2021 and end of March 2021

Cap Finist?re    Bilbao ? Portsmouth Santander ? Portsmouth  Service continues until a 3-month technical lay-over, beginning December.

Pont-Aven    Portsmouth ? Santander  Plymouth ? Roscoff   Plymouth ? Santander     Roscoff ? Cork
   From 10 September until end of October, three return trips per week on Roscoff to Plymouth
Plus, one weekly Plymouth to Santander sailing per week And one weekly Roscoff to Cork sailing

Barfleur          Poole-Cherbourg    No resumption of service in 2020

?tretat       Laid up until further notice

Normandie    Caen ? Portsmouth    Normal service (with technical lay-over in November) continues

Mont St Michel    Caen ? Portsmouth    Normal service (with technical lay-over in December) continues

Kerry            Roscoff ? Rosslare         No Roscoff ? Rosslare service from 7 September

Rosslare ? Bilbao continues as normal

Normandie Express    Cherbourg ? Portsmouth    (fast craft seasonal summer service)

Pelican    Bilbao ? Poole (freight only)    Normal freight-only service continues

Galicia    UK-Spain    Enters service in December 2020

 




Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #342 on: September 04, 2020, 09:34:07 am
I've not seen her listed on AIS yet.

Does anybody know when Galicia and Stena Embla are due to make their delivery journeys?

Now on AIS this morning as Galicia https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:6206594/mmsi:232027624/imo:9856189/vessel:GALICIA



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #343 on: September 04, 2020, 12:38:29 pm
etretat has been replaced by connemara for july 2021...on rosslare /bilbao....i have a booking credit from this year and my ticket has just been updated to connemara..



Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements Reply #344 on: September 04, 2020, 06:51:28 pm
etretat has been replaced by connemara for july 2021...on rosslare /bilbao....i have a booking credit from this year and my ticket has just been updated to connemara..

Connemara replacing Kerry on the Rosslare/Bilbao from Wednesday 11th November.