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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Brittany Ferries is carefully monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus situation. It is following recommendations made to shipping companies by health authorities at national and international level

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On 03 September 2020:
 

Brittany Ferries sailing schedules for autumn/winter 2020.

Unfortunately, as well as the global health implications, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to weigh heavily on the economy and to certain sectors in particular.  Along with many other companies in the travel sector, Brittany Ferries' business model has been very severely impacted by the near total loss of our tourism revenue.  Our business is based on a mix of freight and passengers, the latter accounting for some 70% of the company's turnover.  As tourism disappeared entirely back in March and April 2020, Brittany Ferries reduced its offer to freight-only on a reduced network.  In July, we started to re-open some of our routes, but sadly, since then, we have seen the imposition of quarantine restrictions for travel between Spain and France to the United Kingdom.  As prospects for any improvement during the winter look remote, we have taken the difficult decision to make the following changes to our sailing schedules:

Channel services
 

Portsmouth-St Malo - suspended until March 2021.

Poole-Cherbourg - suspended until January 2021, to be reviewed during the autumn

Portsmouth-Cherbourg - suspended until December 2020.

Portsmouth-Le Havre - suspended until January 2021, to be reviewed during the autumn.

Plymouth-Roscoff - three weekly services during Sept, Oct then suspended until March 2021.

Portsmouth-Caen - normal service, with some capacity reduction during November and December due to ship maintenance.
 

Spanish services

Portsmouth-Santander - 1 weekly service Sept, Oct, Nov, 2 weekly services from December.

Portsmouth-Bilbao - 2 weekly services Sept, Oct, Nov.  Service then suspended until March 2021.

Plymouth-Santander - 1 weekly service Sep, Oct.  Service then suspended until March 2021.

Poole-Bilbao - normal service.
 

Irish services
 

Rosslare-Bilbao - normal service, other than suspension during February 2021 for maintenance.

Rosslare-Roscoff - service suspended, new service between Rosslare-Cherbourg commencing March 2021

Cork-Roscoff - normal service Sep, Oct.  Service then suspended until March 2021.

In the midst of these difficult announcements, Brittany Ferries does have some very welcome news, however.  On 2 December 2020, the newly built MV Galicia will make her maiden voyage from Santander-Portsmouth.  She will offer a twice weekly service between those two ports, plus a weekly round-trip between Portsmouth-Cherbourg.  The charter agreement for Galicia was signed in 2019, well before the current health crisis. She will bring a significant boost to capacity to our Spanish services.

This major consolidation of our offer over the busy winter period will inevitably impact the level of service and capacity that we are able to offer.  Sadly, this action is imperative to safeguard the future of Brittany Ferries. We very much hope that we can continue to rely on your support and thank you for your understanding.

 

 

On 25 August 2020:

ROSSLARE PORT:

Please be advised that the authorities at the Port of Rosslare have issued a directive stating that with immediate effect, all port users must be wearing protective masks whilst on the port or in terminal areas.

Thank you for your cooperation.
 

On 08 July 2020 :

Brittany Ferries is pleased to confirm a limited return to scheduled services this summer. We will have a total of 9 ships operating for freight across our routes, giving good capacity for freight customers, whilst ensuring driver safety. The Pelican will be continuing to operate as it has been on Poole/Bilbao throughout the lockdown period.

The following confirms ships, routes and re-opening dates:

Week beginning 29 June

Ship

Route

Date of first sailing

Time and port of departure

Mont St Michel

Portsmouth - Caen

29th June 2020

08:30 departing Caen

Cap Finistère

Portsmouth -Bilbao

29th June 2020

00:30 departing Portsmouth

Armorique

Plymouth - Roscoff

29th June 2020

15:00 departing Roscoff

Pont-Aven

Portsmouth - Santander -

30th June 2020

17:45 departing Portsmouth

 

Plymouth - Roscoff -

2nd July 2020

20:45 departing Plymouth

 

Cork - Roscoff

3rd July 2020

20:30 departing Roscoff

 

Plymouth - Santander

5th July 2020

16:45 departing Plymouth

Kerry

Rosslare - Roscoff

29th June 2020

23:30 departing Rosslare

 

Rosslare - Bilbao

1st July 2020

11:00 departing Rosslare

 

Three more ships will resume service in July:

Ship

Route

Date of first sailing

Time and port of departure

Normandie

Portsmouth - Caen

12th July 2020

23:00 departing Caen

Bretagne

Portsmouth - St Malo

17th July 2020

10:30 departing St Malo

Connemara

(NB: originally scheduled for Spanish sailings this summer)

Portsmouth - Cherbourg (Thurs - Sunday)

10th July 2020

09:00 departing Portsmouth

 

Portsmouth - Le Havre (Sunday - Tues)

12th July 2020

23:45 departing Portsmouth

 

With regret and following careful consideration, Brittany Ferries confirms the decision not to operate the following three ships this summer. This is due to a combination of unpredictable demand on these services and shortage of available cabins, based on ship configuration.

Ship

Route affected

Étretat

Portsmouth - Le Havre*

Barfleur

Poole - Cherbourg

Normandie Express

Portsmouth - Cherbourg*

*note: Portsmouth-Le Havre and Portsmouth-Cherbourg will be served by Connemara (see first table above)

Brittany Ferries 12-point guide to safe travel this summer

  1. Drivers may be required by national or local authorities to fill-in a health form prior to travel. If you are unwell, please stay at home.
  2. Drivers must check-in at least 90 minutes before departure
  3. Boarding and disembarkation will be staggered, to avoid queues.
  4. Masks must be worn while boarding, disembarking and in public areas on board
  5. Wash hands regularly, use hand sanitisers - and follow all crew instructions
  6. Drivers are asked to read onboard signs and to respect physical distancing guidance in all public areas
  7. A cabin is compulsory on all sailings. To minimise contact with others, remain in this personal space as much as possible
  8. Fresh sea air is supplied in all public areas on board, including cabins
  9. Enhanced cleaning with virucidal cleaners will take place during and between sailings
  10. In restaurants and bars, meal choices may be limited and space adapted to comply with new safety protocols
  11. In all public areas, crew will wear masks when interacting with drivers/passengers
  12. Medical assistance is available in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case, including a dedicated cabin for isolation

On 26 June 2020 : Spanish Passenger Location Form:

All passengers and freight driver must complete a Public Health Form ( PLF) before arriving in Spain.

The PLF will be available to drivers at check-in and must be completed by the driver prior to arrival in Spain. Forms will also be available on board ship.

A temperature check will take place by a member of the ships crew using a non-contact infrared thermometer, and the PLF will be collected, prior to disembarkation.

Any driver with a temperature of +37.5c will be directed to a secondary control.

This is a legal obligation that Brittany Ferries, as a ferry transporter, must comply with.

 

On 18 June 2020 : We are pleased to announce that freight drivers can again be carried on the MN Pelican, Poole-Bilbao-Poole. The following conditions strictly apply:

Social distancing measures to be respected at all times.

Ship's Health declaration to be completed prior to embarkation which must be retained by the driver during the crossing, these declarations are available at the Freight check-in, and also from the following link: 

The driver's temperature will be taken on embarkation.

Masks are to be worn whilst on port areas and during movement around the ship.

Drivers will have access only to the cabins and a designated smoking area

Drivers are asked not to leave their cabin except for safety reasons.

Meals will be left outside the cabin door.

There will be no access to communal areas.

Drivers are required to strip their own beds on arrival at the port of destination and bag bed linen together with towels.

Drivers will be required to complete the Passenger Locator Form for presentation on arrival in the UK

*****No-shows and cancellations within 48 hrs of departure are subject to a charge equivalent to full ticket value*****

 

On 05 June 2020 : The British government requires that with effect from 8th June 2020, all passengers (including freight drivers) arriving in the UK complete a declaration. Drivers or their employers must complete the declaration by visiting the following web site:
https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/public-health-passenger-locator-form
All information must be completed each time a driver arrives in the UK.  Once completed, the driver will need to show proof of completion to Border Force officials on arrival.

On 23 May 2020 : Since the beginning of the Covid-19 restrictions, Brittany Ferries has provided drivers with a verybasic, free offer of food and drink on board. With effect from Saturday 23 May 2020, we will be starting to increase the choice available to drivers, albeit still at a very basic level.
On our services between UK-Spain sandwiches and prepared food will be provided free of charge.
On Channel services, as usual, drivers will be offered a 50% discount on all food and non-alcoholic beverages. We hope to resume a fuller catering facility as soon as we can safely do so.

On 07 May 2020 : In order to comply with evolving advice and regulation, with effect from Friday 8 May, Brittany Ferries has made the wearing of  face masks by freight drivers compulsory on all of its services. This regulation will apply from arrival in the port area, to departure from the port of destination, with the only exception being when the driver is inside their cabin on board the ship. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding whilst we strive to offer the maximum level of protection to drivers and to our colleagues on board and ashore.

On 05 May 2020 : A decree by the Spanish Government now makes it mandatory for drivers arriving at Spanish ports and using ferry services to wear a protective face mask. Please enure that your drivers are informed and suitably equipped.