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http://www.letelegramme.com/gratuit/generales/economie/art_840644.php

 

Brittany Ferries. Regagner les Britanniques

En 2006, 2.774.153 passagers (+0,3 %) ont voyagé à bord des huit navires de la Brittany Ferries. Malgré la morosité du marché, la compagnie bretonne affiche un chiffre d’affaires en hausse de 4 %. Mais elle aurait besoin d’un bon coup de main pour redynamiser l’image de la Bretagne auprès de la clientèle britannique.

Dans un marché passagers transmanche toujours morose (-6 % en deux ans) la compagnie Brittany Ferries qui emploie 2.512 personnes dont 1.700 marins (tous français) maintient le cap. C’est ce qui ressort du bilan présenté par Jean-Marc Roué (*) nommé samedi à la tête du Conseil de surveillance de l’armement breton, un mois après la disparition de son président fondateur Alexis Gourvennec.

Les ports bretons à la peine

Constitué à 77 % par l’activité passagers et à 22 % par le fret, le chiffre d’affaires consolidé s’est élevé à 379,4 M€. Le résultat net s’établit à 17,4 M€. Pour ce faire, la compagnie a notamment réduit de 8 % sa facture de carburant, en abaissant la vitesse du Pont-Aven sur l’Espagne. Quant au fret, il renforce sa croisssance avec une progression de 14 % en deux ans. Des chiffres satisfaisants pour Jean-Michel Giguet, le président du directoire, même si la concurrence des compagnies low cost reste une préoccupation. L’impact de cette concurrence aérienne se traduit particulièrement sur les performances des ports bretons. Le nombre de passagers est en baisse de 14,3 % sur la ligne Roscoff-Plymouth, de 4 % sur la ligne Saint-Malo-Portsmouth et de 4,1 % sur Roscoff-Cork.

En revanche, les lignes bas-normandes tirent mieux leur épingle du jeu. C’est le cas de la ligne Caen-Porstmouth. Avec plus de 1 million de passagers, elle progresse de 10 %. Pour les dirigeants de la Brittany Ferries, il est temps que le Bretagne redynamise son image pour reconquérir la clientèle britannique, de plus en séduite par d’autres contrées : les pays de l’Est, la Croatie... « La Brittany Ferries consacre 8 millions d’euros pour promouvoir ses destinations. Elle ne peut pas être la seule. Nous avons face à nous des pays comme l’Espagne qui se sont modernisés. Dans l’Ouest, nos structures sont viellissantes et malheureusement, nous ne sommes pas dans une dynamique du renouvellement du parc hôtelier », déplore Jean-Michel Giguet. Selon une étude, sur les 500 M€ dépensés en France en 2006 par les passagers britanniques de la compagnie, près de 65 % l’ont été en Bretagne en Basse-normandie et Pays-de-la-Loire. Jean-François Jacob, 39 ans, producteur de tomates et secrétaire général de la Sica de Saint-pol-de Léon a été nommé vice-président.

 

The main point

progression of 0,3% of number of passenger

Progression of 4% of profit

14 % more fret over the last 2 years

8% of saving on fuel by reducing the speed of the Pont Aven Plymouth Santander

14.3 %less passenger on Roscoff Plymouth

4 % less on Porstmouth St Malo Portsmouth

4.1 % less on Roscoff Cork

But normandie port has a increase of 10%

8 millions Euros will be spend to promote Brittany ferries destination

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Re: 14,3% less travellers on Plymouth Roscoff

 

Thank you for posting this interesting article.

 

The figure of 4% down on the St.Malo route is actually very good as in 2005 there was a two ship service at certain times of the week throughout the summer period. That must mean that average revenue per sailing must be well up.

 

The Roscoff drop is not really that surprising with PLA being unpopular but surely they can't afford to drop much more over this year and next.

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The Roscoff drop is not really that surprising with PLA being unpopular but surely they can't afford to drop much more over this year and next.

 

Sure, Roscoff from Plymouth is down 4% but from Cork on Pont Aven it is down 4.1%. The claim that the destination is not attractive and needs some work to compete with the places that tourists are heading to these days thanks to the low cost airlines is perhaps more interesting, as is the fact that they are going to be spending 8m Euros on promoting the destinations.

Again, we also have to look at the value of the drop. Yes, there was a physical drop in numbers but if that was made up of low revenue day-trip traffic then there is possible hope that they are pushing Roscoff on the Pont L'Abbe less than they would do on the Bretagne and less than they will do on the new build. As always, the numbers only tell part of the story.

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low cost airline are having a effect too with new destination with Flybe

myself,i reduce down my trip to Brittany.still i want to go "home as much as possible" but leaving Plymouth on the PLA hasn't attracted me.

(to be honest,i have be avoiding travelling on it)

what's gone wrong?

24 hours return to France ,too short,not enough time on the contiment and crossing timetable is only suitable people leaving on friday evening.why not do a 36hrs or even 48hrs?

Charging for car park in Plymouth (shorter time abroad and can't stay any longer because you have pay for a limited time for car park) ,trying to be a good citizen leave the car at home, save on co2 and use the train but train price are a joke and the timetable (no train leaving Bristol in the winter morning) is not matching the Ferry departure of 10.30 am.........:(

i ve tried my hardest to get to Brittany,check timetable,make a match but it's difficult to get around.i ve got fexible day off and can travel anytime,but i m losing interest,that explain my reason of cutting my trips from a average of 6 per year to.......2,i m in those 14 %:$

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Well the trend here shows falling passenger numbers and rising freight. So whats new? That is the case with most routes and probably explains why BF are building new ro-pax ships.

 

Ships like the Val de Loire (King of Scandinavia) and Bretagne are the last of a breed for shortsea/ medium sea crossings.

 

Best regards,

Jon

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The Roscoff drop is not really that surprising with PLA being unpopular but surely they can't afford to drop much more over this year and next.
I don't think we can atribute this drop in traffic on passengers dislike of the Pont L'Abbe, as she wasn't on the route for the whole year, and less sailings were operated to Roscoff overall.

 

Below is a snipit of an article on Fairplay regarding 2006 results. With the continued rise in freight traffic, particuarly on the Caen route, I wonder if BF would consider retaining the Coutances to provide extra capacity elsewhere on the network?

Brittany Ferries reports good 2006

 

ROSCOFF 21 March – French ferry operator Brittany Ferries has posted good results for 2006, with a turnover up 4% at €379.4M ($504.7M) and a net result of €17.4M. The company saw a slight increase in the number of passengers carried to 2.7M, while tourist vehicles remained stable at 808,000 and trucks carried rose by 4% to 233,000. The company says 2006 was again characterised by a difficult passenger market while freight remained fairly dynamic. Competition continued to be felt from other modes of transport. In 2006, Brittany Ferries sold one of its ships, the 2,140-passenger Val de Loire to DFDS Seaways. The company has two new ships on order, the ro-pax Cotentin, due for delivery from Aker Finnyards late in 2007, and the ferry Armorique due to be delivered by the same yard in October 2008. Alexis Gourvennec, the charismatic founder of Brittany Ferries died recently after a battle with cancer; he was replaced as chairman by Jean-Marc Roué, a Breton farmer.

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The Pont L'Abbe factor could have played it part in these figures but there was the return of the full Poole-Cherbourg service for 2006. Its not beyond reason that passengers who would have taken the 12:30 from Poole moved to Plymouth-Roscoff in 2005 and returned to Poole when the full timetable was reinstated, the majority certainly didn't take the Barfleur from Portsmouth which was like a ghost ship.

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Re: 14,3% less travellers on Plymouth Roscoff

 

Thank you for posting this interesting article.

 

The figure of 4% down on the St.Malo route is actually very good as in 2005 there was a two ship service at certain times of the week throughout the summer period. That must mean that average revenue per sailing must be well up.

 

The Roscoff drop is not really that surprising with PLA being unpopular but surely they can't afford to drop much more over this year and next.

 

The two ship service was operated in 2004. In 2005 Portsmouth-St Malo was operated solely by the Val de Loire.

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I just think the trends shown here at Brittany Ferries are pretty much standard across the board.

 

There is a decline in passenger numbers in general on cruise ferry routes, whereas freight is growing steadily year on year. I am not actually sure the the ship makes much difference.

 

There could be an arguement to say that the likes of Color Fantasy attracted a good number of extra passengers in her first year, but figures were down in the second year so maybe the novelty is wearing off.

 

In general, operators will try, where possible, to introduce ships with more freight capacity and less passenger capacity which meets current and future market demands.

 

Personally i think it is quite an exciting time, with many new vessels being built.

 

Best regards,

Jon

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The overall industry tend is clearly downward as evidenced in these figures - Portsmouth - Caen, though, clearly benefitted by the (all year) removal of P&O from Le Havre. However, the 10% increase taken along with what LD Lines carried clearly backs up other figures which show a decline in Western Channel traffic.

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Low cost airlines probably have an impact at the moment. However, they tend to increase their fares by what they call baggage charges. Aer Lingus and Ryanair did so recently and now they are rapidly increasing these charges. Ryanair increased its baggage charge about 70% since this airline introduced it. Aer Lingus is looking for the possibility of charging passengers for selecting their seat, another stealth fare increase. If they go on like that, they will stop being low cost and start to force people back on the ferries. The low cost flying era may well be approaching its end. Special environment taxes on flight tickets are on the way as well. There is a plan for a pollution tax of more than €20 on a flight ticket in The Netherlands.

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I do not think that the low-cost airlines are really taking passengers away from BF in a direct head-to-head route/price competition. More that the low cost airlines are attracting the sector of the market that could be expected to go on a day-trip/short break and carrying them to Prague etc. This would help explain the statement about the destination of Brittany and standard of accomodation not being as attractive as it could be. The downward trend is less a case of the BF / other operators product not being up-to-scrath, more of market tastes changing.

 

I am in the happy position of only working 4 days in April due to a small amount of annual leave and a very favourable roster. A few years ago I would have done a mini-cruise somewhere without question, now I have Stansted 45mins away and a massive range of cheap flights to anywhere. The search engines can find me a bargain to somewhere I have probably never of heard of. Jumping on a ferry is still an attractive idea to me but the options have increased massively. My rail staff discount allows me ridiculous discounts on UK and European travel so the cost or time of getting to a port does not bother me. Maybe I will use them to cover a few BF ships and routes but equally I could cover a few European cities. Roscoff or Riga ?

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French ferry operator Brittany Ferries has posted good results for 2006, with a turnover up 4% at €379.4M ($504.7M) and a net result of €17.4M.[/size][/font][/b]

It doesn't actually say whether those figures are operating profit or bottom line (unless operating profit is what is meant by net - accountants help!). The bottom line was surely improved by disposing of the Val. It that is what those figures represent, then subtracting the Val sail would mean the company were making miniscule profits. If however that is an operating profit, its around 4.5% which is not exactly great, but is at least a profit.

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That's €380m that have passed through the company €20m of which is retained (as profit). That's not incredible for a turnover of that size, to be honest, but a good value compared to many. Consider that the CEO of Tesco was paid £39m this year.

 

Having said that, and appreciate that loans would be taken over a much longer period than this, the Pont-Aven could be bought once every five years at this rate.

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Does this mean fewer individual passengers crossing via this route? Presumably it does. I can well see why there should be a significant drop in day or short break passenger crossings, because the Pont L'Abbe is not on a par with the Bretagne which we had for a short while. I would have thought it a misdescription to call any voyahe on her a 'cruise'. You have only to listen quietly to passenger comments on board to learn how disappointed many seem to be. But many of us have no option - it is the Pont L'Abbe or much less frequently the Pont Aven. But we do not go less frequently just because we have the least favoured ship in the fleet. So just how significant the substantial drop is, in money terms, I have no idea. We always have to pay a pretty substantial fare, far above the cheap day trip or even short break. So I don't know how much can be read into these figures, save that any drop of this proportion ought to prompt Brittany Ferries to find out what sections of their clients are leaving them. We really do look forward to the new ferry.

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Price is the main factor. for a week in mid june, having researched this for a personal trip flybe from exeter to brest comes in at £110 per person, (13-20 june). car hire for a week is £150 for a 5dr opel corsa, direct from the airport.

 

bf plymouth-roscoff same dates, with a standard car comes in at £365. making the ferry approximately £100 more than flight plus car hire.

 

the flight is only 55minutes compared with a 6 ferry hour crossing,

 

other factors could include that the pont l'abbe has a reduced capacity in comparism with previous ferrys,

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Price is the main factor. for a week in mid june, having researched this for a personal trip flybe from exeter to brest comes in at £110 per person, (13-20 june). car hire for a week is £150 for a 5dr opel corsa, direct from the airport.

 

bf plymouth-roscoff same dates, with a standard car comes in at £365. making the ferry approximately £100 more than flight plus car hire.

 

the flight is only 55minutes compared with a 6 ferry hour crossing,

 

other factors could include that the pont l'abbe has a reduced capacity in comparism with previous ferrys,

 

 

2 x 110 = £220 + £150 = £370 I make that BF are £5 less expensive but you've not factored in the car park charges at Exeter, £6.70 per day long term up to 7 days, another £46.90 making £416.70 that's £51.90 more expensive than BF, nor that you only have a limited luggage allowance rather than taking your own car on BF.

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2 x 110 = £220 + £150 = £370 I make that BF are £5 less expensive but you've not factored in the car park charges at Exeter, £6.70 per day long term up to 7 days, another £46.90 making £416.70 that's £51.90 more expensive than BF, nor that you only have a limited luggage allowance rather than taking your own car on BF.

 

Smartie... have you factored in fuel costs? There's only a 50 quid difference and that could be eaten up fairly swiftly.

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Smartie... have you factored in fuel costs? There's only a 50 quid difference and that could be eaten up fairly swiftly.

 

There would still be fuel costs on the hire car.

 

And

 

I've just done a quote on the BF online special offer, and for 2 people and a car going from Plymouth-Roscoff for a week on 15th May-22nd May. The price was £230, considerably cheaper.

 

By plane it is £290 with 2 people if you go on the 14-21 May and £220 on 16-23May. Adding up: -By plane it is 486.90 (14-21 May), 416.90 (16-23 May) both inc. car hire and the parking.

-By BF it is £230.

So that makes BF £256 cheaper, with a trip on both Ponts!:)

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There would still be fuel costs on the hire car.

 

And

 

I've just done a quote on the BF online special offer, and for 2 people and a car going from Plymouth-Roscoff for a week on 15th May-22nd May. The price was £230, considerably cheaper.

 

By plane it is £290 with 2 people if you go on the 14-21 May and £220 on 16-23May. Adding up: -By plane it is 486.90 (14-21 May), 416.90 (16-23 May) both inc. car hire and the parking.

-By BF it is £230.

So that makes BF £256 cheaper, with a trip on both Ponts!:)

 

True there would be fuel costs in a hire car, but they'd be less than the additional driving to Plymouth and the other side - plus it may well be cheaper in May, but we're discussing June... you're then looking at maybe saving £20-£30 on BF over the plane (after taking the fuel difference in)... but by the time you have a meal etc onboard then that's going to eat out the savings.

 

Swings 'n roundabouts!

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Ah but... try bringing back over 120 litres of wine on the plane. (or is it just us that feel the need to fill the boot with cheap booze...?)

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A guy at work with me is going to St.Jean de Mont in June. €800 odd for flights Cork to Nantes for 4, + €200 odd for car hire and whatever deal he got for the campsite/vacation area. I know it is expensive in June for ferry, but I imagine you would get a good all in from Keycamp or Haven. Maybe, maybe not? He also told me the flight is arr. at Nantes at 22.30 local, and as Des says, he wont be bringing much back on the plane.

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Smartie... have you factored in fuel costs? There's only a 50 quid difference and that could be eaten up fairly swiftly.

 

bout 50 miles difference exeter-plymouth each way. 100 mile round trip my car would use 3 gallons roughly.

 

you'll need fuel if you take your car across on bf as well, not just on a hire car, so i discounted that.

 

i was working my bf vs. flybe on just one date for myself a single person, yes i dont doubt that if i was going to try every date in the calendar bf will come out cheaper on some dates, however i dont have time to try every date combination possible,

 

there are cheaper ways round parking at exeter airport, i've yet to pay more than £10 a week parking at any uk airport including exeter you justt need to spend a bit of time on the net looking

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One of the big advantages of airlines is time - the time saving would convince many to fly instead of sail.

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