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Charter of an additional ship

Written on 1/30/2015

Guided by an unswerving desire to grow its fleet and to re-inforce its proposition to customers, the company has chartered Sirena Seaways, owned by DFDS. The ship will operate four weekly return crossings on the Le Havre—Portsmouth route, as well as one weekly return crossing on the Portsmouth—Bilbao route.


For 40 years, Brittany Ferries has built itself around one central aim – to anchor the company in its home regions. By choosing to position this new ship in Le Havre, the company is further strengthening its presence on the Channel – just as it did with Etretat in 2014. Brittany Ferries now operates from five French channel ports: Roscoff, Saint Malo, Cherbourg, Caen and Le Havre.


The additional ship will enter service in May 2015. The new capacity it provides responds to a growing demand from the clientele of Normandy and the Parisian Basin, particularly with an overnight sailing from Portsmouth to Le Havre on Friday evenings. This strategy also goes hand-in-hand with the ‘Metropolis of Greater Paris’ strategy, which aspires to link Paris to the sea.


Meanwhile, the additional Portsmouth—Bilbao sailing will take the number of weekly UK—Spain departures offered by Brittany Ferries to seven.


SirenaSeaways03The additional ship will be able to carry 610 passengers, 160 passenger vehicles, and 84 freight vehicles, and will offer 196 cabins. 

 

It will be equipped with an emissions filtration system (scrubbers), allowing it to comply with the new environmental rules limiting sulphur emissions which entered into force on 1st January 2015.

 

Jean-Marc Roué, Brittany Ferries’ chairman commented: “By growing our offer to and from Normandy, Brittany Ferries is asserting itself as an active participant in the opening up of the Metropolis of Greater Paris to the Channel and Atlantic Arc. I’m delighted that this ambition will also bring about a substantial boost for French maritime employment.”

 

 



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