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TRAVEL - FERRIES: HAMPSHIRE - Disruption on routes from Portsmouth to Caen

Normandie, Brittany Ferries vessel operating on Cherbourg route Credit: Brittany Ferries

There is disruption on Brittany Ferries between Portsmouth and Caen due to industrial action. Due to industrial action by dockers in Caen, the Normandie service will be operating to/from Cherbourg up to and including 23:00 on Sunday 10th May. More updates on company website.

New gas-powered, giant cruise-ferry for Portsmouth

Brittany Ferries have announced they have ordered a new state of the art, eco friendly ship.

The ship will be the most environmentally friendly ferry in UK waters, using liquefied natural gas (LNG)

It will emit 25% less carbon dioxide during combustion than marine fuel oil burns with no smoke, is free of sulphur and is very low in nitrogen oxide emissions.

Shipping people from the UK to Spain, the ship will host an indoor swimming pool, two cinemas, restaurants and a pet kennel.

It costs £225 million, will be built in France and will set sail in late spring 2017.

The new eco friendly, state of the art ferry Credit: Brittany Ferries


Brittany Ferries reports best summer for three years

A ferry company has experienced its best summer for three years. Brittany Ferries says passenger numbers during July and August reached 730,000 which is 7% up on last year.

The company says the growth is on all routes, which includes Portsmouth and Poole, and it has attracted more holidaymakers who have never travelled on a ferry before.

Travel - Ferries: Revised service on Brittany Ferries - Portsmouth

There is a revised service on Brittany Ferries between Portsmouth and Santander because of a technical problem. Between Friday 4th January and Saturday 9th February, sailings that run to and from Santander will instead run to and from Bilbao.

Arrival and check in times will remain the same at both Portsmouth and in Spain.

Brittany Ferry crossings resume tomorrow after strike

Brittany Ferries Credit: PA

The strike by Brittany Ferries staff in France has been called off.

More than 1,000 crew members have taken industrial action over plans to change working hours and withdraw allowances.

Tens of thousands of passengers have been affected by the strike which hit the firm's ferries from Portsmouth and Poole.

The firm shut down its services on September 21st in response to the walkout.

Crossings will begin again tomorrow.


Tickets accepted on other services as ferry row escalates

Passengers hoping to use Brittany Ferries services from Hampshire and Dorset will have their tickets accepted on rival ferry companies, as strike action in France continues to disrupt services.

Talks between the company and workers over new terms and conditions broke down, with many of the operator's ships stranded on the continent as a direct result of the action.

Poole to Cherbourg services are still sailing as scheduled since they are operated under contract by another company.

Latest on ferry strike action

Brittany Ferries, operating on the South coast Credit: PA Images

Brittany Ferries has just announced that it will keep its service from Poole to Cherbourg operating throughout next week in an attempt to ease the effects of the current strike.

The service was due to end on Sunday for the winter. The company says the route will give people an alternative. It will be extended to run until next Friday. It is not affected by the strike because it is run under contract by Condor Ferries who are not involved in the action.

Brittany Ferries says services from Portsmouth to Spain and France remain cancelled because of the wildcat action in France by workers angry at changes to working conditions.

Help for Ferry passengers

Passengers of Brittany Ferries can use their tickets on services run by DFDS Seaways, the operator has said.

In light of the recent cancellations by Brittany Ferries, we are now accepting car passengers with valid Brittany Ferries tickets, booked prior to 20th September 2012, on our DFDS Seaways cross-Channel ferry routes. This includes both the Dover to Dunkirk and the Dover to Calais services. We would like to advise any car passengers with valid Brittany Ferries tickets for their cancelled routes, who would like to travel with us between Dover-France, that they should contact our UK reservations department on 0871 574 7241 in advance to secure their booking.”

– Chris Newey, Passenger Director for the English Channel at DFDS Seaways

To be eligible, when checking in, passengers must present their Brittany Ferries booking confirmation.

This offer is valid up to the 1800hrs (GMT) departure from Dover, the 1800 (CET) departure from Dunkirk and the 1800 (CET) departure from Calais on 28th September 2012, subject to availability.

Affected Brittany Ferries passengers can contact the DFDS Seaways UK reservations department on 0871 574 7241 in advance to secure their booking and confirm availability.

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