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Brittany Ferries fleet movements

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Matt73

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Thanks for these.  Great pictures.  I have said it before and will do so again, the scrubbers have totally ruined the ship's profile.  Such a pity, especially in the light of Steven's comments on another thread.

Matt

IFPete

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I agree both it and Monte Saint Micheal have been ruined due to size of scrubber intallation.

ccs

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Thanks for these.  Great pictures.  I have said it before and will do so again, the scrubbers have totally ruined the ship's profile.  Such a pity, especially in the light of Steven's comments on another thread.

Matt

I have to say I'm still as shocked at how bad they look now as I was the first time I saw them. 

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Brittany Ferries are to charter a second E-Flexer from Stena, so thats No.s 3 & 6 for Brittany Ferries.

Steven

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Brittany Ferries are to charter a second E-Flexer from Stena, so thats No.s 3 & 6 for Brittany Ferries.

The full press release as shared at https://www.niferry.co.uk/pr-brittany-ferries-new-ferries-spanish-routes/

Released on behalf of Brittany Ferries, 25th May 2018
Brittany Ferries has today confirmed the charter of two brand new cruise-ferries to serve its long-haul UK to Spain routes. Both ships will be built at the Avic International Weihai shipyard in China, with the first arriving in time for the 2021 holiday season.

The latest investment underlines the company’s commitment to Portsmouth and to its Spanish routes. It comes after work began this spring on a brand new LNG (liquefied natural gas) cruise ferry called Honfleur to serve its most popular Portsmouth – Caen crossing. Like Honfleur, which arrives in 2019, both ships announced today will be registered under the French flag and will be crewed by French seafarers.

Together the three ships will spearhead a wide-ranging, five-year fleet-renewal and modernisation programme worth around £400m.

Portsmouth is Brittany Ferries’ UK hub and will serve as the base for both ships. Upon arrival they will cater for an ever-increasing demand for long-haul ferry travel to Spain. In 2017 the company operated 844 sailings on routes from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to Santander (Cantabria) and Bilbao (Basque Country), carrying 331,000 passengers and 150,000 cars. That was around 80 per cent more than ten years earlier.

“Spain is by far the most popular foreign destination for UK holidaymakers, and we have seen significant growth in demand,” said Jean-Marc Roué, Brittany Ferries’ president. “Post-Brexit, we expect this to continue and today’s announcement is a clear statement of intent. As well as passenger traffic, we believe that an increase in freight capacity will open the door to more hauliers seeking direct access between Britain and the Iberian peninsula.”

Last year, Brittany Ferries carried around 40,000 freight units from UK to Spain. Lorry drivers are able to relax as the sea takes the strain, reducing fuel costs, tolls and road pollution that comes from driving long-haul through France.

Measuring 42,400 tonnes and 215 metres long, the new vessels will be the longest in Brittany Ferries’ fleet. If Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower were laid on its side, each would outstretch it by 45 metres. These impressive dimensions will allow them to carry almost two miles of freight vehicles apiece.

The new ships are being chartered from Swedish shipping company Stena RoRo, as part of its new generation of state-of-the-art ‘E-Flexer’ vessels. Both will be gas-ready and promise a combination of luxury and Spanish style. “These ships will be like twins,” added Catherine Querné, Brittany Ferries strategy director. “Outwardly, they will have the same dimensions and shape, but they will be dressed very differently. And of course each will have its own unique personality.”

There will be plenty for passengers on board. Three spacious passenger decks will host boutiques, a café, restaurant, bar and an exclusive club lounge. Around 300 en-suite cabins will cater for approximately 1,000 passengers and many will be adapted for customers with disabilities, as well as those travelling with their pet dog or cat (Brittany Ferries carries around 70,000 annually).

Elegant décor will ensure everyone feels in the holiday mood as soon as they step on board. Brittany Ferries will be working with Spanish interior designers to give the ships a stylish, modern feel and feel, evoking the golden coasts, verdant landscapes and vibrant towns of España Verde (Green Spain) on the northern coastline.

Today’s announcement follows the launch of the first ever direct ferry service linking Ireland with Spain in April. Brittany Ferries’ CONNEMARA (external link) made its first call into Santander from Cork on 9 May 2018. The year 2018 also marks 40 years of continuous services linking Britain with the Iberian Peninsula. Since 1978 more than 5.5 million passengers have enjoyed Spain without the ‘plane thanks to Brittany Ferries.


Artists rendering of Brittany Ferries' HONFLEUR. © Brittany Ferries.
Technical specifications:

Length   214.5m
Breadth   27.8m
Draught   6.4m
Tonnage   42,400
Service Speed   22 knots
Decks   10
Passengers   1,000
Passenger cabins   Around 300 plus 36 for freight drivers
About Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries is a passenger car and freight service operating from eleven ports, linking four countries: UK – France, UK – Spain, Ireland – France and Ireland – Spain. The company was set up by a collective of French farmers as a freight-only operator, running from Roscoff in Brittany to Plymouth with the first crossing taking place on 1 January 1973, the date the United Kingdom joined the EEC (forerunner to the EU).

The aim then was to bring French agricultural products to a wider British market. However, the service quickly developed into an operation carrying hundreds of thousands of British tourists, eager to experience the delights of Brittany and Normandy. Today Brittany Ferries is the market leader on the Western Channel for passengers and for freight. It is also a leading supplier of ferry-inclusive motoring holidays to France and Spain

https://brittanyferriesnewsroom.com/brittany-ferries-invests-in-two-new-cruise-ferries-for-long-haul-spanish-routes/
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Just in case anyone missed it on the timetable, MV Bretagne will operate the Cork Roscoff service on November 02 (Roscoff)and 03 (Cork) this year, given that the winter timetable is yet to be announced it may or may not be Bretagne's only appearance in Cork this year.

Steven

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In an article in the French press it has been stated that BAI are looking at ordering a fourth new build - a replacement for BRETAGNE.  No order before next year though.
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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ccs

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Almost 50 pics of Connemara departing Ringaskiddy today bound for Santander added to https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8PJNE2

Here's a few












IFPete

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Please see the competition from P&O.

giftgrub

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Out and about in Cork harbour on Friday evening and managed to get up close with the Connemara.

Picture attached with the Vemahonesty alongside bunkering.

ccs

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Great pic.

giftgrub

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Great pic.

Thanks, no idea how to post a bigger image, but we got as close as possible to Connemara as we thought safe, ferry looks in good shape from the water anyway.

Steven

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Great pic.

Thanks, no idea how to post a bigger image, but we got as close as possible to Connemara as we thought safe, ferry looks in good shape from the water anyway.
Nothing wrong with the size - it increases when clicked on ;)
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Steven

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Not a fleet movement as such but involves the new Ireland to Spain route

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SPAIN SAILING Gardai and Spanish cops launch crackdown on new ferry route into Ireland being targeted by people traffickers

Extra gardai are being assigned to check vehicles and passports of those arriving in Cork on the Brittany Ferries from Santander

EXCLUSIVE
By Owen Conlon and Ann Mooney
1st July 2018, 8:15 am
GARDAI and Spanish cops have launched a crackdown after learning a new ferry route into Ireland is being targeted by people traffickers.

Extra gardai are being assigned to check vehicles and passports of those arriving in Cork on the Brittany Ferries from Santander.

Meanwhile, officers from the Policia Nacional’s Illegal Immigration Response Brigade (BRIC) are performing similar inspections before departures from the northern Spanish port.

It comes after intelligence indicated the ferry was being viewed as a potential weak link by smugglers of Albanian migrants seeking a back door into the UK through Ireland.

BRIC said it believed an upsurge in trafficker activity at Santander had arrived following the opening of the ferry link to Ireland in early May.

Two Romanian nationals were arrested at the port driving a camper van with nine Albanians wedged into the luggage compartment in recent weeks.

Three other Albanians were also intercepted on a bus trying to pass controls, while two more were found attempting to stow away in the trailer of a Cork-bound lorry.

A senior source in Cork confirmed that gardai and BRIC are in regular contact, adding: “We are currently working with the Spanish authorities and our colleagues in Spain in relation to the illegal immigration issue.

“We have put on additional resources at the port where we are now dealing with four ferry arrivals a week, two from Spain and two from France, a big increase on the previous once a week sailings.”

Last February, gardai arrested six Albanian men who sneaked aboard an Ireland-bound ship in Bilbao when the vessel docked in Fenit, Co Kerry.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/2786646/crackdown-people-traffickers-ferry-ireland/
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Collision-course

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Not a fleet movement as such but involves the new Ireland to Spain route

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SPAIN SAILING Gardai and Spanish cops launch crackdown on new ferry route into Ireland being targeted by people traffickers

Extra gardai are being assigned to check vehicles and passports of those arriving in Cork on the Brittany Ferries from Santander

EXCLUSIVE
By Owen Conlon and Ann Mooney
1st July 2018, 8:15 am
GARDAI and Spanish cops have launched a crackdown after learning a new ferry route into Ireland is being targeted by people traffickers.

Extra gardai are being assigned to check vehicles and passports of those arriving in Cork on the Brittany Ferries from Santander.

Meanwhile, officers from the Policia Nacional’s Illegal Immigration Response Brigade (BRIC) are performing similar inspections before departures from the northern Spanish port.

It comes after intelligence indicated the ferry was being viewed as a potential weak link by smugglers of Albanian migrants seeking a back door into the UK through Ireland.

BRIC said it believed an upsurge in trafficker activity at Santander had arrived following the opening of the ferry link to Ireland in early May.

Two Romanian nationals were arrested at the port driving a camper van with nine Albanians wedged into the luggage compartment in recent weeks.

Three other Albanians were also intercepted on a bus trying to pass controls, while two more were found attempting to stow away in the trailer of a Cork-bound lorry.

A senior source in Cork confirmed that gardai and BRIC are in regular contact, adding: “We are currently working with the Spanish authorities and our colleagues in Spain in relation to the illegal immigration issue.

“We have put on additional resources at the port where we are now dealing with four ferry arrivals a week, two from Spain and two from France, a big increase on the previous once a week sailings.”

Last February, gardai arrested six Albanian men who sneaked aboard an Ireland-bound ship in Bilbao when the vessel docked in Fenit, Co Kerry.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/2786646/crackdown-people-traffickers-ferry-ireland/
Funny enough I noticed an increased presence of various state agencies, and the deployment of canine units and mobile scanners for about 10 days in the run up to that story being printed, I suppose these elements will always try it on with a new route to test its limits.