By Dan Walsh
There will be increased capacity direct to mainland Europe starting on Monday as Brittany Ferries begin the 2021 crossing between Rosslare Europort and Cherbourg two months ahead of schedule with the MV Cap Finestére replacing the Connemara while essential maintenance is being carried out.
Cap Finistère, the fastest ship in the ferry company’s fleet, can accommodate 110 freight vehicles, 20 more than the Connemara, is 204 metres long and weighs 33,000 gross tonnes.
Starting on Monday, the ship will depart from Rosslare at 8pm and arrive in Cherbourg at 1.30pm the next day before leaving again at 4.45pm and returning to Ireland at 7am on Wednesday morning.
During the rest of the week, it will make two crossings between Rosslare and Bilbao in Spain.
In a statement, Brittany Ferries said it was moving to “support the freight sector and to meet the needs of an industry battling Brexit”.
“Irish and French hauliers have traditionally relied on the UK-land bridge when transporting goods to and from mainland Europe,” the ferry company said, but added; “However, since the beginning of the year, more companies have sought an alternative to the additional administration, new formalities, greater costs and potential delays that come from carrying goods though the UK.”
General Manager of Rosslare Europort, Glenn Carr said that the port welcomed the “swift response to the needs of the Irish industry in commencing this year’s Rosslare to Cherbourg services two months earlier than planned.”
Local Cllr Lisa McDonald told WexfordLocal.com; “The good news keeps coming for Rosslare Europort. Rosslare continues to cement itself as Ireland’s Gateway to Europe.”