Brittany Ferries Will NOT Open A New UK – Portugal Route This Summer

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The decision to re-open Spain to British tourists, combined with falling Covid cases and rapidly rising vaccination rates in the country, means opening a new Porto route is no longer commercially viable.

Brittany Ferries hope and expect Spain to be placed on the UK’s green list at the first review in early June and for that reason they took the decision to shelve the plan.

Last week, Spanish authorities confirmed the country would open for tourism from Monday 24 May and that Brits would not need to take a PCR test before arrival.

“We have been overwhelmed by messages of support from existing passengers, new customers and via social media urging us to sail to Porto,” said CEO Christophe Mathieu. “Portugal? Never say never.”

Brittany Ferries Sees Vaccination-Led Travel Corridors As A Solution

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As government hits its target for 15 million Covid vaccinations in the UK, Brittany Ferries says now is the time for a re-think on travel corridors.

“Vaccine roll-out is moving apace in the UK, thanks to the NHS, volunteers and support of the armed forces,” said Christophe Mathieu Brittany Ferries CEO. “While France and Spain are a little behind, the ramp-up is gaining significant momentum. We all believe that vaccines are the way out of this dreadful crisis.

So by spring we think there will be a clear case for the adoption of vaccination-led travel corridors – or in our case sea lanes – that allow holidays to go ahead this summer and for hope to return.”

IN THE MEDIA

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Success in shipping as we know, is all about timing. In a Brexit and Covid world with RoRo values falling, this may present buying opportunities considering the average life of a RoRo is just over 30 years.

Essentially, freight capacity has been bought by the UK Government for the first 6 months of 2021 for vessels to call regularly into Felixstowe, Harwich, Hull, Newhaven, Poole, Portsmouth, Teesport and Tilbury as a hedge against likely congestion at gateway Dover and a hard Brexit. However, with all of Europe likely to be grappling with suppressed demand from Covid-19 for the best part of 2021, combined with an impressive armada of newbuild deliveries confirmed to hit European waters over the next 24 months – was it really necessary – noting the UK is the number one demand market for straight ramp RoRo trade?

FERRY SHIPPING

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UK Quarantaine Measures Force Brittany Ferries to Lay Up Ships

Following the imposition of quarantine on travellers returning from France and the effect this has had on reservations, Brittany Ferries has been forced to change its schedules.

The following ships and route amendments have now been confirmed:

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

PONT-AVEN will replace her Plymouth – Roscoff 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.

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

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.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Emotional Moment: KING SEAWAYS Sails Again

Following the announcements from the UK government about the lifting of quarantine restrictions and the restart of travel to many other countries, DFDS is resuming sailings between Amsterdam and Newcastle.

As both ships were laid up in IJmuiden, the first departures took place on Wednesday 15 July from Ijmuiden (photo) and Thursday 16 July from Newcastle.

UK: No Quarantine Measures Would Apply To Travellers Coming From France At This Stage

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The Prime Minister of the UK and the President of France agreed to work together in taking forward appropriate border measures. This cooperation is particularly necessary for the management of our common border.

No quarantine measures would apply to travellers coming from France at this stage; any measures on either side would be taken in a concerted and reciprocal manner. A working group between the two governments will be set up to ensure this consultation throughout the coming weeks.

UK Coronavirus Support Package for Vital Routes

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Vital routes for supplies and people have been protected through a coronavirus support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly in and out of the UK, and around the country, throughout the pandemic.

A multimillion government support package for essential freight services includes:

CLdN Added 37 km Of RoRo Capacity In Two Years Next Step: LNG And More Ships

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HERMINE is yet another newbuilding for CLdN. She started to operate last week from Zeebrugge to the UK. She’s the last unit of a 5,400 lane meter quartet of Hyundai Mipo built roro ships, including LAURELINE, YSALINE and SIXTINE. Before, two larger 8,000 lane meter roro’s were delivered, the CELINE and DELPHINE.

Previously, the order for two vessels at the Uljanik Yard have been cancelled because of the financial problems of the yard.

Instead, in July 2019 CLdN placed an order for an additional two roro’s at Hyundai Mipo. The major difference will be the fact that they will use LNG as fuel.

The two roro’s will have a 320m3 capacity C-type fuel tank, located under the main deck.

The 4+2 delivered roro ships are LNG-ready.

Four more ships will be ordered, as part of a twelve-ship expansion plan.

INTERESTING

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Transporting Goods Between The UK And EU In A No-Deal Brexit: Guidance For Hauliers

The UK Department for Transport is helping commercial drivers get ready Brexit by setting up 150 advice centres and helping drivers plan their journeys by providing a handbook and pocket ma