Prince: Eventually arrived in Alang for dismantling

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On June 18, 2022, the veteran PRINCE (former PRINSESSAN BIRGITTA, STENA SCANDINAVICA, SCANDINAVICA, TARAK L, VENUS, KING OF SCANDINAVIA, CESME, WIND AMBITION, PRINCE) was beached at Alang, as the RICH, for dismantling.

She left Greece on July 2021 as the PRINCESS with destination Sri Lanka. Then she was seen at Chittagong and Bengal Bay, before arriving in India.

The famous ferry was sold in Greece in 2018 and served on the Patras-Igoumenitsa-Brindisi run as PRINCE, for A-Ships Management until 2020.

Photo: Shipbreaking (fb)

Brittany Ferries’ Saint-Malo will be the largest hybrid-vessel ever built

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Brittany Ferries SAINT-MALO will be the world’s largest hybrid ship, when she joins the fleet in 2024. Her batteries will boast a capacity of 11.5 MWh, approximately double that typically used for hybrid propulsion in marine vessels.

To improve efficiency further, she will integrate multiple systems allowing real-time, energy optimisation while sailing. Optimised energy efficiency, hybrid power and shore-side plug-in has the potential to yield an improvement of up to 15% on greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel propulsion – according to engine and battery supplier Wärtsilä

In total, StenaRoRo are constructing three hybrid ships, supplied with Wärtsilä hybrid technology. Two were specified by Brittany Ferries, with recently named SAINT-MALO (destined for the St Malo – Portsmouth route) scheduled for delivery in 2024. Shortly thereafter, an as-yet-unnamed hybrid will join the fleet, running the company’s most popular Caen-Portsmouth route.

The hybrids will replace BRETAGNE and NORMANDIE respectively, two of the longest serving vessels in the family.

Source: Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries interested to operate the ferry services to seven islands

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A call for tenders has been issued for the DSP serving the Islands of islands of Ouessant, Molène, Sein (Finistère), Belle-Île, Groix, Houat and Hoëdic (Morbihan) in France.

The contract is for the period 2023-2029.

One of the candidates is Brittany Ferries.

The two current operators Penn ar Bed and Océane are also under consideration but the region wants one single operator.

HONFLEUR on the move to Poland

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HONFLEUR, the ropax ferry ordered by Brittany Ferries at Flensburger Schiffbau and completed by Fosen Yard in Rissa has been handed over to its owner Siem Industries (Seven Yield Pte Ltd)

The white ferry is expected in Gdynia, Poland for completion.

So far, we don’t know who the operator will be.

Cherbourg-Bayonne rail motorway: Brittany Ferries gives the green light

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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 health crisis hit, forcing a reduction in ferry services for nearly two years. But while the project—which Brittany Ferries deems strategic—was delayed, it was never cancelled.

During the pause, Brittany Ferries worked with French rail network operator SNCF Réseau and the Ministry for Ecological Transition to determine the routing for the new service, which will provide daily return journeys between Cherbourg and Mouguerre. Following a study into the modification of four railway tunnels on the Atlantic corridor route to allow the lowest available wagons to pass through, a framework agreement was signed, allowing the project to enter its concrete development phase.

With support from the State, Europe, and the regions of Normandie and Nouvelle Aquitaine, Brittany Ferries will open the ‘rail motorway’ linking the port of Cherbourg to the European Freight Centre at Mouguerre, near Bayonne, thereby connecting Spain to the UK and Ireland via the French railway network.

The launch of the new service, initially planned for 2022, is now expected by mid-2024.

Brittany Ferries commits to twice-weekly Cork/Roscoff sailings as company celebrates 45-year partnership with Port of Cork

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Brittany Ferries has confirmed that its new midweek sailing connecting Cork with France will become a permanent feature of the company’s sailing schedule, further reinforcing the company’s long-term commitment to Ireland, Irish tourism and the Port of Cork.

The Wednesday sailing is part of a new three-year deal signed by the Port of Cork Company (PoCC) and Brittany Ferries that was revealed at a reception held on board ARMORIQUE which docked in Ringaskiddy, Cork, Wednesday April 6th.

MSC Group continues to acquire ferry tonnage

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Brittany Ferries’ CAP FINISTERE seems to be en route to MSC Group, SHIPPING ITALY reports.

This ropax is the former SUPERFAST V (2001).

Although not officially confirmed, the news has not been denied either, writes the Italian source, quoting GNV as the recipient.

CAP FINISTERE has a 1,600 passenger capacity and over 1,900 lanemetres for roro.

Lately, GNV has seen an impressive fleet expansion; in the last two years the following ro-pax has been purchased or long-time chartered in: FORZA, TENACIA, GNV ARIES, GNV ANTARES, GNV BRIDGE E GNV SEALAND. Last week, MSC Group announced a new order for four ropax vessels to be built in China and set to be delivered from late 2024 onwards.

Brittany Ferries transports its first CMA CGM container from France to UK

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The partnership between Brittany Ferries and the CMA CGM Group has taken a new major step forward with the first loading of CMA CGM containers.

Loaded on special chassis and transported aboard COTENTIN, they left Le Havre for Portsmouth on Wednesday 12 January.

Concluded in September 2021, the commercial partnership between CMA CGM and Brittany Ferries creates complementarities between the two companies, between the maritime transport of passengers and freight, and will allow, based on the respective expertise of the CMA CGM Group and Brittany Ferries, the development of cross-Channel maritime transport and consolidation of France’s place in this sector.

Stena RoRo’s first LNG dual-fuel E-Flexer SALAMANCA delivered to Brittany Ferries

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SALAMANCA, the second of five ships in the E-Flexer class ordered by Stena RoRo for Brittany Ferries was delivered on November 30.

  • Sixth E-Flexer of twelve ordered from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai).
  • Chartered by Brittany Ferries on a long-term basis and has been especially adapted to the needs of the French ferry company.
  • First ship in the E-Flexer series with gas engines.
  • The interior has been designed by Richard Nilsson, Figura Architects.
  • Length 214.5m| 2723 lanemeters | 1,100 persons (passengers & crew)
  • Routes: Bilbao & Santander – UK (with SANTOÑA which joins fleet in 2023)

French Minister of the Sea confirms State Aid for Brittany Ferries

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French Minister of the Sea, Annick Girardin, has renewed the State’s commitment to pay a subsidy of 45 million euros to Brittany Ferries.

She came to Roscoff on 18 December, to meet Brittany Ferries’ president Jean-Marc Roué (photo) and staff (source: France Blue).

The money comes with a condition: no job loss.

In 2020, the company had more than 2,400 full time employees.

The company also obtained 10 million euros of debt waiver, long-term partial unemployment for 3 years, reimbursement of social charges for 4 years (the “net wage”), not to mention the loan guaranteed by the State, 117 million euros granted in 2020.