As government hits its target for 15 million Covid-19 vaccinations in the UK, Brittany Ferries says now is the time for a re-think on travel corridors.
Salamanca is the second of three E-Flexer class ships ordered by Brittany Ferries and will join sister-ship Galicia, when she enters service in the spring of 2022.
After nearly eight years in the Baltic, Cotentin has made a return to the Brittany Ferries fleet. The ship will carry freight from Poole in Dorset to Cherbourg in Normandy.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the debut event for the new ship took place virtually, in an online inauguration ceremony – a first for the company.
The ferry operator said the move follows decisions by the UK government to impose quarantine restrictions on travellers arriving from Spain, and more recently France.
Brittany Ferries has announced its newest ship, Galicia, is to take to the seas linking the UK with Spain. She will sail two round trips a week connecting Portsmouth and Santander.
Around 50,000 passengers with existing bookings will be affected by the schedule changes, as authorities reintroduce quarantine restrictions on arrivals from France.
French firm Brittany Ferries has begun lobbying the French government at the highest levels to avoid the implementation of reciprocal quarantine measures.
Last November, Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund and Brittany Ferries reached an agreement with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets for the acquisition of 100 per cent of Condor Ferries.
At the AVIC Weihai shipyard in Shandong, eastern China, shipyard workers and Brittany Ferries teams gathered to celebrate the launch of cruise-ferry Galicia, and the start of building work for sister ship Salamanca.
To be chartered from Stena, Brittany Ferries’ third liquefied natural gas vessel, Santoña, is part of the company’s €550 million fleet renewal programme, with a clear focus on sustainable development.
Jean-Marc Roué, Brittany Ferries president, recently hosted Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French minister of Europe and foreign affairs, to discuss the situation.