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  1. For anyone still planning a trip to France [returning home?] note that masks will be required on Caen's city centre streets from 1 September.
  2. In June 2001 Brittany Ferries announced that they had placed an order with the Van der Giessen shipyard in Rotterdam for the construction of a new 36,000 GT super ferry to operate on the Portsmouth - Caen route from 2003. This new ferry would become the largest ferry in the fleet and would operate alongside the Normandie, which was introduced in 1992, increasing capacity on the route by almost 60%. Upon its introduction the Duc de Normandie would be transferred to the Plymouth - Roscoff route and the faithful Quiberon disposed of. This would address the imbalance on the Caen route which had ex
  3. 20 December 2002 After waiting for nearly six months the maiden voyage of the Mont ST Michel was upon us. But we are getting ahead of ourselves, before the Mont could enter service there was one final formality to be carried out - the final sailing of the Quiberon. After a very early start, by my standards anyway, I arrived at Portsmouth ferry-port at 0715 ready for check in for the Quiberon - that is if my traveling companion Will had been on time! The only evidence in the terminal of their being a new ship was the model of the Mont behind the desk. Once boarding had started it beca
  4. €1.5 million is set to be invested into in the ferry terminal at Ouistreham as part of a wider plan to develop the port. The eastern pier will also be developed to accommodate maintenance activities for the future offshore wind facility at Courseulles-sur-Mer. The lock gates width will also be increased to allow larger cargo vessels to enter the canal. Source: http://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/marine-civils/port,-harbour-and-marine-construction/developments-for-renewables-and-larger-vessels-at-ouistreham
  5. Barfleur entering the Caen canal for layup following her second withdrawal from service, pending charter/sale.
  6. The Duc de Normandie joined Brittany Ferries in 1986 to open a brand new route between Portsmouth and Caen. Upon her entry into service she became the largest vessel ever to sail into both Portsmouth and the newly constructed ferry terminal at Ouistreham (Caen). She remained operating on the Caen route until July 2002 when she transferred to the premier Plymouth - Roscoff route on which she operated until the end of her Brittany Ferries career. In The Beginning The Duc de Normandie was began life as the Prinses Beatrix for SMZ, having been constructed at the Verolme Shipyard in Holla
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