An update on the Pont-Aven schedule
We are pleased to say that the Pont-Aven is due back in service on Tuesday 14th May, therefore all remaining surveys and Sea Safaris planned for this season will go ahead, however the sailing schedule has altered.
Due to the ship now operating on 3 engines she has an operational speed limited to 20 knots (as opposed to 24 knots). This means Brittany Ferries have had to adjust her schedule accordingly. The number of rotations (UK to Spain) will not change, however the Pont-Aven will now operate its Spanish sailings exclusively from the UK port of Plymouth, rather than Portsmouth. Therefore, all surveys and Sea Safaris will depart from and return to Plymouth. The new sailing times can be found on the ORCA 2019 Ferry Survey Routes document on the Applying for Surveys page of the Surveyor Network.
Please see below the full statement from Brittany Ferries regarding this change:
Brittany Ferries’ flagship Pont-Aven will return to service on Tuesday, 14 May. Her return follows repairs to damage suffered during an incident on the crossing from Plymouth to Santander on Monday 29 April.
Having completed all mechanical and electrical repairs, as well as safety and cleaning work, regulatory tests have been carried out to the satisfaction of the ship’s captain, Bureau Veritas (French ship classification society) and the Navigation Safety Centre (French State Agency). She is now ready to resume operations in accordance with all safety regulations, running on three of her four engines.
Operating on three engines means Pont-Aven will have an operational speed limited to 20 knots (as opposed to 24 knots). This means the company has had to adjust her schedule accordingly.
The number of rotations (UK to Spain) will not change. However, Pont-Aven will now operate its Spanish sailings exclusively from the UK port of Plymouth, rather than Portsmouth. This decision allows Brittany Ferries to continue to offer customers the same number of weekly crossings between England and Spain. However, the company would like to apologise in advance to any customers inconvenienced by the change of departure port.
A replacement fourth engine will return Pont-Aven to normal operational speed. However, several months in dry dock will be necessary for this work to take place. The work will be scheduled for early 2020.
As with all incidents at sea, relevant authorities are in the process of conducting a full investigation. A report will be published by BÉA MER (French Government Maritime Accident Investigation Bureau) when their enquiries have been concluded.
All guests booked on to a Sea Safari will receive information directly from Brittany Ferries in due course.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with this unforeseen situation. As the ship is now operating at a slower speed and returning to Plymouth it will mean we get more time in Biscay, which will provide opportunities for some great guest interactions and hugely valuable data.