They were to go back to sea at the end of March. But four of the Brittany Ferries ships providing connections between Saint-Malo and Portsmouth (England) or between Roscoff and Cork (Ireland) will ultimately remain docked at least until mid-May. Very affected by the health crisis and Brexit, the shipping company announced on Wednesday that it was delaying the resumption of its passenger connections.
This decision stems from “maintaining the restrictions imposed on both sides of the Channel with an authorization limited to only essential trips”, underlines Brittany Ferries. The company specifies, however, that other vessels in its fleet will continue to operate “as initially planned in order to meet the essential needs of travelers and allow goods to circulate freely”.
The company obtained a loan of 117 million euros last year
“We remain very hopeful about the rise in the vaccination rate, which will be a key element in allowing safe travel again,” said Christophe Mathieu, Chairman of the Management Board.
In 2020, Brittany Ferries, which has twelve ships and is the leading employer of French sailors, obtained a loan of 117 million euros from French banks “allowing it to go through the most critical period it has ever had.” has ever known ”. In 2019, the company, which had a turnover of 469 million euros, carried 2.5 million passengers, 87% of which were British.