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16 hours ago, TonyMWeaver said:

New Cork-Spain ferry route could replace lost Santander service

Talks to open up a new ferry route between Cork and Northern Spain are progressing - even as tourism and business chiefs on Leeside deal with the shock loss of one of our two main ferry routes.

Brittany Ferries yesterday confirmed the news first revealed by CorkBeo - that the two-year direct link between Cork and Santander in Northern Spain will end on February 24th.

The service had offered freight and no-frills passenger services on a year-round basis and had been seen as a vital link with Spanish markets - especially as Brexit looms on the horizon.

 

However, as revealed by CorkBeo in November, there are talks to start a new, possibly year-round freight and passenger service between Cork and the port of Vigo in Northern Spain, which will now become more urgent following the decision by Brittany Ferries to move their Spain service to Rosslare from the end of February.

A spokesperson for the Port of Cork authority confirmed to CorkBeo that talks are progressing on the Vigo link.

"We have been in discussions with the port of Vigo and the talks have been very positive," said the spokesperson.

"There is still a number of issues to be worked out but we believe this would be a very positive development for Cork".

 

One option for the planned joint venture involving one of Europe's largest ferry companies would link the port of Bouzas in Vigo with Cork and Plymouth - operating a three-times a week service between Spain, the UK and Ireland.

The year round "Ro-pax" (roll-on/roll-off freight and passenger) service would serve tourism as well as being a so-called "Brexit Buster" that provides a new link between Ireland and the continent for imports and exports.

The planned service underlines just how important the port of Cork could become in a post-Brexit environment, especially with major new port and freight facilities about to come online in Cork.

The passenger side will see tickets on sale for €350 to take a car and two passengers over and back on a trip that will take up to 28 hours between Spain and Ireland.

The ferry - which is reported by Spanish media to be on its way from China to enter service on the new route - will have room for 200 trucks and 150 passengers.

 

A spokesperson for shipping logistics company Incargo Galicia told the Spanish media they could still get the ferry into operation this year.

The port of Vigo and the backers of the new route say they want to capitalise on tourism travelling in both directions - as well as the increased trade and transport needs between Spain and Ireland that will follow on from Brexit.

Vigo is also a great access point to the Camino Way, the hugely popular pilgrimage route along the coast of North Western Spain, as well as the popular tourist regions of northern Spain and Portugal.

 

https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/new-cork-spain-ferry-route-17652516?fbclid=IwAR2f9WVknZViyHFbiZElunn_GCUtntR60212F2wAdfbS2Pf5vL5_3acaVSQ

This is an old article regurgitated.  Grimaldi and GNV (the operators linked with the service) have already said this is nothing to do with them.  The story came about as the port management company in Vigo are trying to get an operator to start a service.

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Doing a Kerry I like that... it's a bit like doing a Dexy's, you know... "Ay mate you better give yer toes loads an' get after 'im, he's doin' a dexy's with the petty cash la." A bunk, a runner..

I hope that they can schedule some sailings between the strikes.

Gareth, as someone who lives in the hinterland of Rosslare, known over here as the sunny South East, I'd like to point out that there is plenty of beautiful and cultural sites and things to do in this

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On 29/01/2020 at 14:40, jonno said:

Yep, she's taking over the BDS timetable when Galicia arrives. Haropa have said the berth can accept 205m max. A Rosslare service to Le Havre will begin but it'll be Stena, a company already established at Rosslare, and not BF.

If (and it’s a big if) Stena were to start a service to Le Havre and had a suitable ship, it likely wouldn’t be a replacement for Cherbourg.  It’s debatable whether there would be enough traffic to justify such an additional route in any case.

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3 hours ago, tarbyonline said:

This is an old article regurgitated.  Grimaldi and GNV (the operators linked with the service) have already said this is nothing to do with them.  The story came about as the port management company in Vigo are trying to get an operator to start a service.

Regurgitated, with the added Santander part.

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27 minutes ago, Chef said:

Kerry scheduled for 08.00 hrs arrival in Bilbao on Sat , that would  be just twenty hours  for the crossing .

Until March 20th the sailings are all two nights.

Rosslare to Bilbao
Dates Day Depart Arrive  
28 Feb - 20 Mar 2020 Monday* 23:30 08:00 CALL TO BOOK
28 Feb - 20 Mar 2020 Friday* 23:30 08:00 CALL TO BOOK
*2 night sailing. All times are local time
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Brittany Ferries’ Kerry sets sail from Rosslare Europort

  • First Rosslare to Bilbao sailing Friday, 28th February
  • First French rotation Monday, 23rd March
  • Move welcomed by Irish and Spanish hauliers

Brittany Ferries ship Kerry embarked on her inaugural direct sailing from Rosslare Europort to Bilbao on Friday, 28th February.

The new route out of Rosslare has been welcomed by hauliers given the port’s proximity to Dublin and the east coast road network.  Equally hauliers operating on the European mainland have welcomed the move to Bilbao, a port more attuned to freight traffic with easier transport links into the Iberian Peninsula.

While primarily aimed at the freight market into Europe, the route will also carry holidaymakers to both Spain and France. It will be part of Brittany Ferries ‘économie’ service, offering a comfortable, no-frills voyage.  Sailings will be twice-weekly and will incorporate a weekly Ireland/France rotation (schedule included below).

Speaking at the launch of the new route, Brittany Ferries Group Freight Director, Simon Wagstaff: “I am delighted to be here for the first Brittany Ferries sailing from Rosslare. Since we opened operations linking Ireland and Spain in 2018 we have listened carefully to feedback from freight customers, on what is predominantly a route for commercial traffic. The clear message was that a move to Rosslare would help them and us deliver a more attractive option to the UK landbridge.  We now operate from two ports in Ireland, reinforcing our commitment to the country, its people and its economy.”

Glenn Carr, General Manager, Rosslare Europort added: “We are delighted to welcome Brittany Ferries’ Kerry to Rosslare Europort today.  We look forward to working with Brittany Ferries to building a successful partnership to serve freight and passenger customers.  The decision to introduce this service not only shows the appeal of Rosslare Europort to shipping lines, freight and tourism customers, but also is the first of what we intend to be a number of new business announcements, building on our €25 million investment plans in port facilities, infrastructure and technology. Rosslare Europort is Ireland’s closest port to mainland Europe, and is now the only port outside of Dublin with a Border Inspection Post facility, and will provide the quickest direct services for exports and imports to both Europe and the UK post-Brexit.”

The new Rosslare to Bilbao route will open for passenger bookings online in early March but customers can now book through the Brittany Ferries reservations team by phone on 021 427 7801.  Our Freight Reservations team can be contacted on +44 (0)330 159 5000.

 

Winter Sailing Schedule (Until Friday, 20th March 2020)

Rosslare to Bilbao Depart Mondays at 23.30 Arrive Bilbao Wednesdays at 08:00
Depart Fridays at 23:30 Arrive Bilbao Sundays at 08:00
Bilbao to Rosslare Depart Sundays at 12:00 Arrive Rosslare Mondays at 16:00
Depart Thursdays at 12:00

Arrive Rosslare Fridays at 15:00

 

Spring Sailing Schedule (From Sunday, 22nd March 2020 until Friday, 30th October 2020)

Rosslare to Bilbao Depart Fridays at 23:30 Arrive Bilbao Sundays at 08:00
  Depart Wednesdays at 11:00 Arrive Bilbao Thursdays at 16:00
Bilbao to Rosslare Depart Sundays at 12:00 Arrive Rosslare Mondays at 16:00
  Depart Thursdays at 17:45 or 18:45 (depending on date) Arrive Bilbao Fridays at 20:30 or 21:30 (depending on date)
Rosslare to Roscoff Depart Mondays at 23:30 Arrive Roscoff Tuesdays at 15:30
Roscoff to Rosslare Depart Tuesdays at 19:00 Arrive Rosslare Wednesdays at 08:00

 

https://brittanyferriesnewsroom.com/brittany-ferries-kerry-sets-sail-from-rosslare-europort/

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3 hours ago, hf_uk said:

Has anyone done a Kerry to Spain yet? I just wondered how she is in terms of comfort for a 24hr+ sailing...

Doing a Kerry I like that... it's a bit like doing a Dexy's, you know... "Ay mate you better give yer toes loads an' get after 'im, he's doin' a dexy's with the petty cash la."

A bunk, a runner... to retreat to one's villa on the Costa Brava after pulling a bank job on the high street as seen in The Sweeney perhaps?

"George where's that toe rag got to?"

"Word is he's done a Kerry back to the Costa's guv after dumping the shooters in the river in Bermondsey."

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24 minutes ago, Andy said:

It has been reported by Shippax (as highlighted by the Ferries! Facebook Group) that the charter of the Connemara has been extended by a further 24 months.

Interesting, thanks Andy.  When does that take the end of her charter to?  (The arrival of Santona by any chance?)

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3 hours ago, Gareth said:

Interesting, thanks Andy.  When does that take the end of her charter to?  (The arrival of Santona by any chance?)

Always hard to tell based on a simple charter notification as we don't know when those 24 months begin and sometimes an extension replaces the original expiry date, etc etc.

I'd be surprised if the SANTONA went to Ireland - Spain but then again so many odd things have happened who can say these days and we don't have a clue whatsoever who will be the winners and losers on Irish routes after Brexit.

The CAP FINISTERE covering for a month or so on Rosslare - Spain is interesting though...

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2 hours ago, RickOShea said:

I'd be surprised if the SANTONA went to Ireland - Spain

Santona is to be a SOMABRET controlled vessel. When I was first told this late last year now I was wary and still was until we saw Galicia berth successfully at both Plymouth & Roscoff. Makes sense too allowing Pont Aven to replace Bretagne.

I agree with Gareth regarding Cap Finistere, now even more so in the current climate. BF had originally planned to replace here power with a hybrid gas-electric propulsion system similar to that designed by Chantiers de l'Atlantique to be fitted to Honfleur but, I believe, that's now been shelved in a the same way as the Cotentin re build has.

Relocating her to Rosslare would allow BF run her on less emission friendly fuel for longer and would cut the sailing time from Ireland to Bilbao.

Having Visby on the channel will be interesting, she's a Superfast clone in many respects and if her charter isn't extended by DFDS she may well have showcased herself enough to remain in another operators colours.

Been on her a couple of times, a very likeable ship.

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