Ouistreham-Portsmouth link: Brittany Ferries' Honfleur ready for fall 2020
Brittany Ferries' new boat, the Honfleur, which is to connect Ouistreham to Portsmouth, should be ready in the fall of 2020 after a year of delay.
Posted on Feb 12, 20 at 6:31 p.m.
Brittany Ferries' new ferry, the Honfleur, is scheduled to begin its first crossings in the fall of 2020. Originally expected in the summer of 2019, it will be more than a year behind schedule.
We don't want to give an exact date, explains Jean-Marc Roué, chairman of the Brittany Ferries supervisory board. But he will be in our fleet by the fall of 2020.
A constantly shifted delivery
Initially, delivery was scheduled for winter 2019, then in June 2019, an inaugural crossing was then scheduled for July 9, 2019. This was without counting on further delays, forcing Brittany Ferries to postpone its entry into service. October 2019, then at the beginning of 2020 and finally in the spring.
At the start of 2019, the FSG shipyard in Germany, which assembles the Honfleur, faced serious financial concerns. Brittany Ferries clarified last June:
The German shipyard, which builds the Honfleur, had to face the payment of significant financial penalties imposed by the delay in delivery (5 months) of the new Irish Ferries ship, WB Yeats. This shifted the workload of the site on the construction of the future ship.
It will replace Normandy
This new ferry is to operate the Ouistreham-Portsmouth links, instead of the Le Normandie ferry, which will be assigned to the Le Havre - Portsmouth line. The "Honfleur" will be one of the most environmentally friendly, especially since it will be powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) which generates less carbon dioxide than diesel or heavy fuel oil.
The Honfleur will be able to transport 1,680 passengers in 257 cabins and will include two cinemas, restaurants and shops.