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A most interesting read...

 

http://www.dft.gov.uk/162259/162469/221412/221658/228808/222300/374852/374856/seapassenger2007.pdf

 

Plymouth saw growth compared to the previous year, while Portsmouth & Poole saw a drop.

 

Plymouth/Santander: + 8,000 to 157,000 (compared to a high of 158,000 in 2005)

Plymouth/Roscoff: + 3,000 to 417,000 (compared to a high of 504,000 in 1998)

 

Poole/Cherbourg: -9,000 to 407,000 (compared to a high of 537,000 in 2002)

 

Portsmouth/Caen: -49,000 to 998,000 (compared to a high of 1,049,000 in 2004)

Portsmouth/Cherbourg: -8,000 to 209,000 (compared to a high of 942,000 in 2001)

Portsmouth/St Malo: -16,000 to 381,000 (compared to a high of 539,000 in 1998)

 

Other routes of interest:

 

Portsmouth/Bilbao: -23,000 to 200,000 (compared to a high of 230,000 in 1998)

Portsmouth/LeHavre: +15,000 to 296,000 (compared to a high of 897,000 in 1997)

Newhaven/Dieppe: -2,000 to 268,000 (compared to a high of 750,000 in 1997)

Newhaven/Le Havre: 61,000 (new route)

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Not too many +'s. I wonder how the figures relate if you look at sailings and times. The size of craft used could make a difference. Surely one way to look is to see the % of capacity occupied? With the price of fuel I wonder how Companies will adjust to run as efficiently as is possible?

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Surely one way to look is to see the % of capacity occupied? With the price of fuel I wonder how Companies will adjust to run as efficiently as is possible?
An example of this is the Portsmouth/Cherbourg route this year, which for the majority of the year is operating with one round trip compared to last years two. I would imagine NEX is probably incurs the greatest running costs out of all of BF's ships on a voyage basis.

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At least these stats go some way to 'disprove' those who reckoned the Pont L'Abbe put passengers off using the Roscoff route. Maybe with fuel prices so high people are travelling from closer ports...?

 

Portsmouth - Cherbourg seems impressive, considering it's just the Express nowadays.

 

And good to see LD Lines doing well on it's routes.

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At least these stats go some way to 'disprove' those who reckoned the Pont L'Abbe put passengers off using the Roscoff route.

 

Exactly my thoughts Ollie!, Good news for Plymouth though.

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Maybe the drop on the Bilbao route has something to do with Acciona pulling out??

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Always interesting but always hard to make a link between numbers carried and revenue earned.

 

This is from Fridays Guardian :

 

Trips to Europe may also be cheaper, and of course more environmentally friendly, if you avoid flying altogether and instead jump on a ferry. Brittany Ferries spokesman Steve Tuckwell says last year was extremely profitable, possibly because ferries are an eco-friendly, economic choice for families.

 

"We've lowered our prices on the less popular sailings dramatically. The average cost of a fare is the same, but we are trying to compete with other short sea-crossing fares, which have also fallen dramatically in recent years," he says.

 

However, prices are dependent on the time of year rather than how early or late you book. A return ferry travelling this Sunday and returning a week later costs £282, and the same trip leaving next Wednesday costs the same. But travelling in August could push up the price by at least £60, and even more if you plan to go on a Friday or Saturday.

 

Whilst the increase on Plymouth - Roscoff appears encouraging, it is not good news if they are filling the route with newspaper offer traffic. Equally, drops elsewhere can on the face of it look poor but not if the revenue generated overall makes up for the volume lost in terms of pure numbers.

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"We've lowered our prices on the less popular sailings dramatically. The average cost of a fare is the same"

 

Therefore, the more popular sailings have had prices raised...

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These are pretty marginal figures really compared with the actual numbers carried, it would be difficult to read any real trends in them and, as others have said, probably bear little relationship to overall profitability. As an operator I'd be far more worried about the long term effect of the £/€ exchange rate on 2007-2008....

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Therefore, the more popular sailings have had prices raised...

 

There you go, supply and demand at it's best ! :D!

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At least these stats go some way to 'disprove' those who reckoned the Pont L'Abbe put passengers off using the Roscoff route. Maybe with fuel prices so high people are travelling from closer ports...?

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Whilst the route stabilised a little and gained back 3,000 passengers the 417,000 passengers is still far short of the 476,000 in 2006.

 

Cheers

 

Gary

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Whilst the route stabilised a little and gained back 3,000 passengers the 417,000 passengers is still far short of the 476,000 in 2006.

 

Cheers

 

Gary

 

But then the Bretagne can carry double the number of passengers of the PLA therefore in the summer the carryings would be smaller so a bit difficult to compare the 2!

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But then the Bretagne can carry double the number of passengers of the PLA therefore in the summer the carryings would be smaller so a bit difficult to compare the 2!

 

When was the period when Roscoff had a very limited service?

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When was the period when Roscoff had a very limited service?

Most winters in the 90's !

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It was Jan to March 2006 Jim. For 2 months the only sailings were out on friday night back on Saturday night. I remember it well because I had to get used to a 4 hour drive from Cherbourg.This was in the period before the Pont L'abbe arrived. I especially remember a Roscoff /Cherbourg crossing in January that year on the Val with a grand total of 14 passengers!

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Sorry i meant a Plymouth to Cherbourg crossing

 

There used to be a crossing on a friday night to Cherbourg with the Duc AND a Plymouth-Roscoff on the Friday night on the Val can't remember the year though.

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Of course, despite the dip in passenger numbers, Brittany Ferries more than doubled net income last year, which must prove that the company is in a strong position?

 

I'm not sure if this article has been posted before, but it goes some way to explain last years carryings, and also speaks of the qualification for 'aid' on the new Poole/Santander route.

BRITTANY Ferries more than doubled net income in its financial year ended September 30 last year, as productivity gains and increased freight traffic compensated for a fall in passenger numbers, writes Andrew Spurrier. The company, which is headquartered in Roscoff, Brittany, lifted consolidated net income from €17.4m ($27.1m) in 2005-2006 to €37m in 2006-2007, despite a modest 0.9% increase in turnover to €382.7m. It said that it had added €14m to its €42.8m current result, principally by fleet management improvements and a reduction in fuel consumption.

 

In the 2007 calendar year, passenger numbers dipped to 2.7m from 2.8m in 2006 while tourist vehicles carried were down to 773,556 from 808,426.

Brittany Ferries said that the fall was essentially due to a drop in the sales of “open air accommodation” by British tour operators. This segment of the tourism market had suffered from competition from other European destinations, made accessible by low-cost airlines. It added that the number of passengers and vehicles using ferries between Britain and France generally had increased for the first time since the abolition of onboard duty free sales. “This return of the British to the ferry is a strategic opportunity for the company, which has unique advantages through its ships and the regions of the Great West which it irrigates from its Breton and Norman ports,” it said.

 

The company’s freight vehicle total showed a modest increase last year — from 233,780 to 235,325 — but it said that traffic was progressing since the introduction of its new freighter, MV Contentin, on its Poole-Cherbourg and Poole-Santander services in November. It revealed that the Poole-Santander line had qualified for aid from the European Commission’s Marco Polo programme and said that it had responded to the Franco-Spanish call for a sea motorway along their Atlantic coasts.

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Any pax figures availeable for the Cork-Roscoff Route ?

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Any pax figures availeable for the Cork-Roscoff Route ?

 

The carrying were up about 2% last year, don't have exact figures to hand, Port of Cork annual report will say more, should be out soon...

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