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  1. Irish Continental Group plc invests €144 million to build a new cruise ferry Irish Continental Group plc ("ICG") has entered into an agreement, with the German company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG ("FSG"), whereby FSG has agreed to build a cruise ferry for ICG at a contract price of €144 million. The cruise ferry will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, with 435 cabins and with capacity for 2,800 lane metres of freight (165 freight vehicles) plus an additional dedicated car deck with capacity for 300 passenger cars. The Agreement between ICG and FSG provides that the cruise ferry is scheduled for delivery in May 2018. 20% of the contract price will be paid in instalments during the construction period. The balance of 80% will be paid on delivery. ICG intend to utilise a combination of existing cash resources and loan facilities to finance the cruise ferry. The pre-delivery instalment payments to FSG will be protected by means of bank guarantees. This cruise ferry will be designed and built to the highest standards of cruise shipping, and equipped with efficiency and comfort in mind. Emissions scrubber technology (not included in the above price) and ballast water systems will meet current and known future environmental regulations and will deliver optimal fuel consumption while minimising related costs. The cruise ferry will be powered by four main engines delivering 33,600KW of power which will ensure a high degree of service reliability similar to that already achieved by the existing owned fleet of modern cruise ferries. The cruise ferry will be designed to best meet the operational seasonality of our business. This flexibility in design includes the ability to service all of Irish Ferries existing routes, and will provide even greater route management options. The cruise ferry will also adhere to Ice Class specification which will allow for a wide geographic area of operation. Passenger facilities will be spread over 4 decks and will offer a choice of 435 cabins to include suites with their own private external balconies, along with deluxe and standard class accommodation. In addition to a superb choice of bars, restaurants (to include both á la carte and self-service options), special provision has been made for premium Club Class passengers, with a dedicated lounge featuring private access direct from the vehicle decks. A choice of state of the art entertainment options and cinemas, dedicated facilities for freight drivers, as well as retail outlets and onboard facilities for pets, will ensure that all our passengers will be comfortable and engaged throughout their journey. It is likely that this new cruise ferry will be introduced on routes served by the chartered ship MV Epsilon, (currently year round services Dublin - Holyhead midweek, and Ireland - France on weekends). The cruise ferry will provide additional freight and tourism capacity on both routes and will deliver a much enhanced onboard experience for all customers. In addition to increased capacity, the cruise ferry will deliver significant cost savings to the group and improved route and fleet management efficiencies. Referring to the announcement Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer, commented that; "This investment underpins the confidence the Group has in both the freight and passenger tourism markets between Ireland, Britain and France. The construction of a cruise ferry of this size will offer a premium experience for all our customers, in line with our commitment to deliver the best in service, in reliability and flexibility across all our routes. We also expect to be well positioned to accommodate the changing expectations of our customers, and to benefit from significant operational and financial benefits following the delivery in 2018." [ATTACH=CONFIG]n261306[/ATTACH]
  2. Brittany Ferries have today signed a letter of intent for the order of a new LNG powered ferry for the Portsmouth/Caen route. The ship, code named 'Mont St Michel 2', will be constructed at the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany, for delivery in 2019. "The signing of this letter of intent with Flensburger is a concrete step towards building the next generation of Brittany Ferries. Despite Brexit, we remain confident in our ability to continue to develop and modernize our network of motorways of the sea at the service of tourism and logistics of the regions of the Atlantic Arc."- Christophe Mathieu, Brittany Ferries chairman. Specifications: - Length: 185m - Beam: 31m - Draft: 6.5m - GRT: 42,000 - Passengers: 1680 - Cabins: 257 - Garage: 2,600m (130 freight or 550 cars) - Power: LNG EDIT: Full press release now available here: http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/pr...ed-ship?page=1
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    Sponsored Ferries

    We’ve already seen this on the Solent with the Red Osprey monstrosity! 🙈
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving in 2019

    The future of the FSG yard looks to have been secured through new investment. From: http://m.manager-magazin.de/unternehmen/artikel/lars-windhorst-rettet-flensburger-schiffbau-gesellschaft-a-1252768.html Financial investor Lars Windhorst (42) took over the majority stake in Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) on Monday, ending a liquidity squeeze at the shipyard.According to information from manager-magazin.de, Windhorst's Sapinda Holding, owned by the Norwegian owner Siem Europe, took over 76 percent of the company's shares. In addition, the investor working in London and Berlin provided the shipyard with a capital increase of 33 million euros. The previous owner participated in the rescue by issuing 10 million euros of debt, which were converted into new shares. Flensburg Shipbuilding has been part of the Siem Industries Group since 2014, which is active in the oil and gas industry. In January, the shipyard had been unable to pay its 1,800 employees salaries until the parent company stepped in. Reason are delays in the construction of a ferry and resulting contractual penalties. Other bills remained open, a guarantee of Schleswig-Holstein had burst. With the fresh money, the FSG has good prospects again. The order books are full. By 2021, four large passenger ferries and three cargo ferries are to be built in Flensburg. Total order volume: 1 billion euros.
  5. A new passenger gangway is planned for Portsmouth. https://www.portsmouth-port.co.uk/news/ports-bid-for-18m-investment-to-transform-the-uks-most-successful-municipal
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    Due to strike action in the port of St.Malo Monday's (4th Feb) Portsmouth/St Malo sailing has been diverted to Roscoff, arriving at 09.00
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    Armorique - Hits dock in Roscoff

    Cap Finistere called into Roscoff this afternoon, whilst enroute to Portsmouth. Hopefully this means the linkspan repairs have been completed.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving in 2019

    The Pascal Paoli was the last ship built by Van der Giessen. She is currently sailing for Corsica Linea.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    The Etretat had been operating a weekend freight sailing to Bilbao, providing cover whilst the Pelican is in refit. Back to normal this weekend (Pelican resumes sailings on the 31st Jan).
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    Etretat’s sheltering off Brest was covered in le Télégramme and includes a photo. She’s expected back in Portsmouth at 17:15 today. https://www.letelegramme.fr/finistere/brest/port-de-commerce/tempete-etretat-le-ferry-choisit-la-securite-en-rade-de-brest-27-01-2019-12193657.php
  11. A France 3 news report covered this exercise.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    Very stormy day on the South coast, understandable while so many sailings have been disrupted this weekend. The Etretat appears to have now sought shelter off Brest, whist headed to Portsmouth. Baie de Seine will now cover tonight’s Le Have sailing. Barfleur has also also postponed her morning departure from Poole to 1700 this afternoon. Meanwhile Portsmouth/Caen keeps on truckin’.
  13. Brittany Ferries confirms passenger and freight numbers – and a new ship charter - Total freight units carried 213,000, an increase of 4 percent - Total passengers carried 2,352,000, a drop of 3 percent - Passenger numbers on long routes (UK-Spain and France to Ireland) 394,000 up 5 percent - Passenger numbers on channel routes (UK-France) 1,958,000 down 5 percent As the season draws to a close, Brittany Ferries has today confirmed a 4 percent rise in freight traffic, but a 3 percent drop in overall passenger numbers. The figures, which cover the period from November ‘16 to October ‘17, present a mixed picture for the business which operates from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth in the UK. Cross Channel passenger numbers, which comprise 80 percent of the total, fell by 5 percent. Routes to Spain and between France and Ireland reported an increase of 5 percent. The company’s results point to tougher trading conditions in the wake of the Brexit vote, but also confirmation that the company’s diversification strategy is working. “There are positive indicators in these results, such as our freight figures, but we can say for sure that Brexit is affecting us commercially and financially,” said Christophe Mathieu Brittany Ferries chief executive officer. “Long routes from the UK to Spain and between France and Ireland have performed well, but passenger traffic from the UK to France has fallen significantly. This is the majority of our business and the downturn comes on both sides of the Channel, so a decline in the number of French visitors coming to the UK too. “In addition to these challenges our financial results have been affected by the dramatic fall in the value of the pound. Despite this, we remain confident in our diversification strategy. We are also optimistic about the future and are committed to investing in fleet renewal.” Following a £175 million investment in a new ship called Honfleur, to be delivered in 2019 for the Portsmouth-Caen route, the company has confirmed investment in a second vessel. To be chartered from Stena Line following its construction in China, she will further increase capacity on Spanish routes when delivered ahead of the 2021 season. The charter will come with more on-board accommodation and a large garage for passenger and freight vehicles. She will replace Baie de Seine and Brittany Ferries will have the option to purchase after the expiry of the initial five year charter. Press Release: Issued 1st November
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    New Premier Inn

    Approval has been granted for the construction of a new Premier Inn hotel beside the Historic Dockyard. http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/portsmouth/green-light-for-seven-storey-premier-inn-hotel-opposite-historic-dockyard-1-8008839
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    Merry Christmas

    On behalf of everyone at BFE may I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year! Thank you again for all of your contributions, photographs and support in general over the past year as without you this website would not exist. The team at Flensburg have also sent us the below Christmas greeting, for all BFE-ers #ferrychristmas!
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    Armorique - Hits dock in Roscoff

    Sailings are still being rescheduled at Roscoff.
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    New Look Revealed

    The new livery has now been applied to the Bretagne in Le Havre. She's lost iconic her forward blue stripes. https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/brittany-ferries-le-bretagne-arbore-le-nouveau-logo
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving in 2019

    BF have shared this fantastic montage of the installation of the deck house block on Honfleur this week.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving in 2019

    The forward accomodation block is on its way!
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    Honfleur - The Launch

    Now the W D Yeats has set sail the Honfleur has been moved ahead of the lifting of the first accomodation Black tomorrow.
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    Honfleur - The Launch

    Yes, two more freight vessels for FSGs parent group before the second Irish Ferries ship. The block on the left? That is the funnel for Honfleur, which will crown the ship on 7th January.
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