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The new Pont-Aven

The Brittany Ferries flagship, the 40,500 ton, £100 million Pont-Aven, entered full time service on our Plymouth to Santander and Cork to Roscoff routes in Spring 2004. A selected number of sailings on our Plymouth to Roscoff service have also being undertaken.

The 185 metre long Pont-Aven has a service speed of 27 knots, and provides the fastest ever crossing times on all three routes. Crossing time from Plymouth to Santander is now eighteen hours, Cork to Roscoff is eleven hours, and Plymouth to Roscoff just over four and a half hours.

The Pont-Aven is the most imposing ship yet in the Brittany Ferries fleet, providing the kind of luxurious onboard facilities usually associated only with cruise ships. She is the first northern European ferry to feature an open deck swimming pool, which conveniently can be covered with a transparent glass dome in less pleasant weather conditions. Similarily, elsewhere on board, the same thought and planning have gone into providing dining, recreational, and accommodation facilities that set new levels of excellence.

UK Freight Director, Jon Clarke said:

"In addition to the rightful expectation in terms of quality and comfort of its customers, when planning new tonnage Brittany Ferries is also mindful of the need for a consistency of supply to the haulage industry that is, after all, a year-round operation. The Pont-Aven continues in the tradition of providing freight space even in peak season and in a unique freight-only configuration, carrying a staggering 80 freight vehicles.

The provision of a dedicated dining area, the "Drivers Club", allows drivers a free choice of the many varied styles of cuisine available in the Food Mall, and the ability to sit with their fellow professionals. The very combination of the vehicle on the move and the driver fully rested on arrival is something that transport managers have been seeking for many a year. With the introduction of the Working Time Directive being a concern to all, this has proved to be a large part of the answer for transport to the Iberian Peninsula."