Brittany Ferries sailing to France, Spain and Ireland from Plymouth and Portsmouth – stopped all but the “lifeline” services blocked the British in Spain and the operations of cargo carrying essential goods to and from the Continent in mid-March.
But it is now bringing in a “limited” number of scheduled passenger services from Plymouth and Portsmouth from Monday, June 29.
It will have five ships making the crossing of the city of Caen and the city of Roscoff, in France, and Santander and Bilbao in Spain.
Three other vessels will come into service in July, the addition of St Malo, Cherbourg and Le Havre, France, to destinations.
But three of his ships – Etretat, Barfleur and Normandie Express, will remain out of service due to “a combination of the hazard and the demand on these services and the shortage of cabins, based on the vessel configuration”. The vessels usually travel from Portsmouth and Poole to Le Havre and Cherbourg.
But the ships of the Mont-Saint-Michel, the Cap Finistère, Brittany and Pont-Aven, will enter service first, followed by the Normandy, Brittany and the Connemara.
The company emphasized that the safety of passengers, freight drivers and the crew remains the absolute priority and, therefore, the passenger capacity will be limited on all ships.
The capacity limits will be ship to load, and will be reviewed in the course of the summer is progressing. However, all services linking France and the united KINGDOM, for example, will be limited to 550 passengers on the 29 June. This measure reduces the capacity of over 60%, and will apply until mid-July at the earliest.
A series of new health measures and social distancing measures will also be imposed on all vessels. These measures go “above and beyond” of the conformity of the law of orientation in the countries served by the company.
Brittany Ferries has developed a 12-point guide for safe travel this summer. A part of the society as a Whole and Protected of the campaign, the guide is based on the new security measures and is designed to inform, reassure and prepare all those who are planning to ferry travel, as well as those who are on the point of embarking on a vacation.
Brittany Ferries 12-point guide for safe travel this summer:
1 Passengers may be required by local or national authorities, to fill out the health form before the trip. If you are sick, please stay home.
2 Passengers must arrive at least 90 minutes before departure.
3 Embarkation and disembarkation will be staggered in order to avoid the queues.
4 Masks must be worn when boarding, disembarking in the public areas on board.
5 Wash your hands regularly, use disinfectants and follow all the instructions of the crew.
6 Clients are invited to read to the edge of the signs and respect the physics of the remoteness of the advice in all the areas.
7 A cabin or seat reservation is compulsory on all sailings. In order to minimize the contact with others, to stay in this personal space as much as possible.
8 Fresh sea air is provided in all the public areas onboard, including cabins.
9 improve the cleaning, with virucidal cleaners will take place during and between the crossings.
10 In restaurants and bars, the meals, the choice may be limited and the space adapted to comply with new security protocols.
11 In all the common areas, the crew will wear masks when interacting with the passengers.
12 Medical assistance is available in case of suspicion of COVID-19 cases, including a dedicated cabin for insulation.
Other measures set out by Brittany Ferries physician-in-chief are also in place, including training of the crew and a dedicated nurse on all sailings.
All of the measures are already well practiced, the company said. From late March to May, the company was the realization that essential cargo.
This has allowed to implement, test and refine the measures on the board, working with the truck drivers.
“We are very excited to welcome holidaymakers back on board from Monday,” said Christophe Mathieu, chief executive officer of the Brittany Ferries. “Operationally, we have put in place everything for a safe return to service and we have practiced these steps daily.
“Our task now is to reassure passengers that the ferries are open, and the journey by sea is the safest way to enjoy an international holiday. It will not be quite the same Brittany Ferries onboard experience, at least to begin with. However, it will always be a relaxing sea bridge to take you to the beautiful destinations that you’ve always dreamed of during the lockout.”
Ferry travel lends itself well to social distancing by virtue of open deck areas, the scale of public areas and comfortable cabins, the company said.
Brittany Ferries passengers, for example, may embark and disembark in their own car. When it is led by a member of the crew, they head straight for a bathroom with a cabin, and may choose to spend the entire journey in their own space onboard.
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The crew will know when it is time to leave their cabin and re-join their vehicle, with staggered landing to avoid the queues in the stairwells or elevators.
During this time, the work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Brittany Ferries has worked to repatriate a limited number of British citizens stranded in Spain and Portugal in recent months. Some passengers have already had the experience of “new normal” on the board of directors of freight service linking Spain and the united KINGDOM, the company explained.
Brittany Ferries, said the return to the regular services of passengers will be greeted by tens of thousands of British customers of holiday, including decision-makers and the “thousands” of people who are regular ferry trips to the destination of a secondary residence in Normandy and Brittany.
In addition, there are “hundreds” of businesses in the south and south-West, which rely on the links in sea of the united KINGDOM in the North-West of France and North of Spain.