Brittany Ferries’s UK Government Contract For Additional Freight Capacity For No-Deal Brexit


WBD has advised Brittany Ferries on a series of contracts with the Department for Transport that secure additional freight capacity as part of the UK government’s planning for a no-deal Brexit.

Following confirmation of the contract agreed with the Department for Transport (DfT), Brittany Ferries has outlined steps being taken to change sailing schedules for 2019.

Nineteen weekly return-sailings will be added to three routes on the western channel – Le Havre to Portsmouth, Cherbourg to Poole and Roscoff to Plymouth. This request from the Department for Transport will allow more space for lorries.

These changes will come into effect from the 29th March 2019, the day the UK is currently scheduled to officially leave the European Union. This will provide a 50% increase in freight capacity on these routes and a 30% increase overall on the Western Channel.

Brittany Ferries operate a dozen ships and 11 routes, linking the UK with France and Spain, France with Ireland and Ireland with Spain. It carries around 2.5 million passengers every year as well as around 210,000 freight units.

In the last year, Brittany Ferries has confirmed a €450 m investment in fleet renewal. Three new ships will be delivered post-Brexit. The first, Honfleur, will be the first ferry powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas) to sail on the English Channel. She enters service in summer 2019 and will operate on the company’s busiest route between Portsmouth and Caen.

WBD has advised Brittany Ferries on the deal with a team led by Partner Peter Snaith (picture).

Involved fees earner: Peter Snaith – Womble Bond Dickinson;

Law Firms: Womble Bond Dickinson;

Clients: Brittany Ferries;