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Significant Boost in Capacity for Santander

Brittany Ferries Freight have announced their plans to significantly increase both the frequency and capacity of their Portsmouth/Santander service through the introduction of a new vessel to their fleet. The 33,000 tonnes vessel, yet to be named, will offer a minimum capacity of 85 trucks. Her service speed of 28 knots will enable her to complete the crossing in 24 hours, with comfort.

Upon entering service in Spring 2010, along with existing departures of Pont-Aven and Cotentin, she will contribute to five weekly departures between Santander in Northern Spain and the south coast ports of Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth. The weekend driving ban in France will hold no fear for the regular users of this service with a Friday, Saturday and Sunday southbound departure now available. Return crossings are the following day.

Additionally the new vessel will operate between Cherbourg and Portsmouth to complement existing schedules operated by the Cotentin to Poole. The 1992 built Barfleur will make way for this larger and faster vessel by being time chartered.

Jon Clarke, Group Freight Director said 'this is a positive response to rapidly growing demand from our customer base to use our direct long haul services to Spain. Clearly the combination of the perfectly measured transit time of just 24 hours allows for the cost-aware operator to fully maximise the return from his significant investment in both truck and driver'.

For further information please telephone 0330 159 5001

2nd December, 2009