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Brittany Ferries Update - Coronavirus

UPDATE 31/03/2020 08.48

During this current pandemic, Brittany Ferries continue to offer a freight only service in order to support the movement of vital goods. The following routes remain in operation :

  • Portsmouth/Caen
  • Portsmouth/Cherbourg
  • Portsmouth/Santander
  • Poole/Bilbao (unaccompanied freight only)
  • Rosslare/Bilbao

In order to comply with the 2m social distancing rules, we are following the strict guidelines set out by the government. As a consequence, on-board facilities will not be open during this time, and drivers will be expected to remain in their cabins for the duration of the crossing.

UPDATE 26/03/2020 15.13

As I am sure you will appreciate, Brittany Ferries is continuing to review its procedures both ashore and on board, in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of drivers and staff during the current crisis.

In respect of refrigerated trailers being connected to the ship's electrical supply, there have been instances of drivers standing too close to the electrician performing this function. In order to ensure respect of social distances, drivers will be required to remain in their vehicle until such time as the connection process has finished.

I wrote to you last week to underline the importance of drivers following, without question, the instructions given to them by my colleagues. The reduced, or complete lack of in some cases, catering facilities on board has led to certain drivers expressing their dissatisfaction in a forceful and occasionally aggressive way. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated and those found to be disregarding this basic requirement will be excluded from travelling. My colleagues are going out of their way to continue to provide a service to freight customers during this unprecedented time. It is incumbent on us all to recognise the difficulties that are being faced at all levels and to ensure that services continue to operate as safely as possible.

You will understand that it is vitally important that these messages be relayed to your drivers and I thank you for your continued support.


UPDATE 19/03/2020 17.42

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis obliges Brittany Ferries to take all possible measures to ensure the safety of its staff by minimising contact between persons. As such, with immediate effect, our staff are no longer authorised to handle papers relating to unaccompanied trailers or Dangerous Goods Notes, CMRs etc. We ask you to make alternative arrangements, either by placing the papers inside the trailer or by sending electronic versions. Customers are requested to complete the details of the load on the Brittany Ferries 'Track and Trace' system. Thank you for your co-operation.


UPDATE 18/03/2020 12.57

UK - France

PORTSMOUTH TO CAEN / CAEN TO PORTSMOUTH

All services are cancelled between 19/03/20 and 13/04/20 inclusive.

PORTSMOUTH TO CHERBOURG / CHERBOURG TO PORTSMOUTH

Service resumes 30/04/20.

PORTSMOUTH TO ST MALO / ST MALO TO PORTSMOUTH

All services are cancelled between 18/03/20 and 12/04/20 inclusive.

PORTSMOUTH TO LE HAVRE / LE HAVRE TO PORTSMOUTH

All services are cancelled between 17/03/20 and 11/04/20 inclusive except:

Thursday’s Portsmouth to Le Havre 23:00

Friday’s Le Havre to Portsmouth 13:00

POOLE TO CHERBOURG / CHERBOURG TO POOLE

All services are cancelled between 18/03/20 until 13/04/20 inclusive.

PLYMOUTH TO ROSCOFF / ROSCOFF TO PLYMOUTH

All services are cancelled between 19/03/20 and 12/04/20 inclusive.

UK - Spain

PORTSMOUTH TO BILBAO / BILBAO TO PORTSMOUTH

All services are cancelled between 20/03/20 and 11/04/20 inclusive.

PORTSMOUTH TO SANTANDER / SANTANDER TO PORTSMOUTH

All services are cancelled between 22/03/20 and 12/04/20 inclusive.

PLYMOUTH TO SANTANDER / SANTANDER TO PLYMOUTH

All services are cancelled until 12/04/20.

Ireland - France & Spain

CORK TO ROSCOFF / ROSCOFF TO CORK

All services are cancelled until 09/04/20 inclusive.

ROSSLARE TO ROSCOFF / ROSCOFF TO ROSSLARE

All services are cancelled until 12/04/20 inclusive.

ROSSLARE TO BILBAO / BILBAO TO ROSSLARE

All services are cancelled until 09/04/20 inclusive.


UPDATE 17/03/2020 16.50

To help limit the further spread of Coronavirus, please be advised that all food outlets on board Brittany Ferries ships will be closed until further notice. We would therefore encourage freight drivers to bring any such supplies they require for the duration of the ferry crossing.


The global coronavirus pandemic has forced us to consolidate some of our services. The measures we have taken are designed to ensure sufficient crew are available to operate as many services as possible, while responding to government advice for travellers visiting Ireland and Spain.

UK - France

PORTSMOUTH TO CAEN / CAEN TO PORTSMOUTH

All services are operating to schedule.

PORTSMOUTH TO CHERBOURG / CHERBOURG TO PORTSMOUTH

Service resumes 30 April 2020.

PORTSMOUTH TO ST MALO / ST MALO TO PORTSMOUTH

All services are operating to schedule.

PORTSMOUTH TO LE HAVRE / LE HAVRE TO PORTSMOUTH

All services are cancelled between 17/03/20 and 08/04/20 except:

  • Thursday’s Portsmouth to Le Havre 23:00
  • Friday’s Le Havre to Portsmouth 13:00

POOLE TO CHERBOURG / CHERBOURG TO POOLE

All services are operating to schedule.

PLYMOUTH TO ROSCOFF / ROSCOFF TO PLYMOUTH

The following services, operated by Pont-Aven have been cancelled.

  • 19/03/20 Plymouth to Roscoff 20:45
  • 22/03/20 Roscoff to Plymouth 09:30
  • 26/03/20 Plymouth to Roscoff 20:45
  • 29/03/20 Roscoff to Plymouth 09:30
  • 02/04/20 Plymouth to Roscoff 20:45
  • 05/04/20 Roscoff to Plymouth 09:30
  • 09/04/20 Plymouth to Roscoff 20:45

UK - Spain

PORTSMOUTH TO BILBAO / BILBAO TO PORTSMOUTH

All services are operating to schedule.

PORTSMOUTH TO SANTANDER / SANTANDER TO PORTSMOUTH

The following services, operated by Pont-Aven, have been cancelled.

  • 17/03/20 Portsmouth to Santander 17:15
  • 23/03/20 Santander to Portsmouth 15:15
  • 24/03/20 Portsmouth to Santander 17:15
  • 30/03/20 Santander to Portsmouth 15:15
  • 31/03/20 Portsmouth to Santander 17:15
  • 06/04/20 Santander to Portsmouth 15:15
  • 07/04/20 Portsmouth to Santander 17:15

PLYMOUTH TO SANTANDER / SANTANDER TO PLYMOUTH

All services are cancelled until 12/04/20.

Ireland - France & Spain

CORK TO ROSCOFF / ROSCOFF TO CORK

All services are cancelled until 10/04/20.

ROSSLARE TO ROSCOFF / ROSCOFF TO ROSSLARE

All services are operating to schedule.

ROSSLARE TO BILBAO / BILBAO TO ROSSLARE

All services are cancelled until 09/04/20.

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