Incident involving Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven – 29 April 2019

29th April 2019
  • Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven

Just before 04:00 this morning, crew on board Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven were alerted to a fire in the ship’s engine room. The incident occurred while Pont-Aven was sailing through the Bay of Biscay, on its crossing from Plymouth to Santander with a scheduled arrival time of 11:15 this morning. It took place approximately 100 nautical miles south of Brest.

Brittany Ferries crews train regularly to deal with incidents at sea, and the company operates a dedicated fire incident training centre at its St Malo base in France. The crew immediately put this training into action and brought the fire under control.

The ship is carrying 766 passengers with 142 staff and there were no injuries as a consequence of the incident.

The Prefecture Maritime in Brest have been informed and the vessel is now making way – under her own steam – for the port of Brest where comprehensive checks will be carried out. She is expected to arrive at around 16:00 today (29 April 2019).

Brittany Ferries would like to apologise to all passengers affected by this morning’s incident – and for the disruption to their onward journeys.

Pont-Aven entered service in 2004. She is the largest cruise-ferry in the Brittany Ferries fleet, carrying up to 2,400 passengers. She serves routes between France and the UK, France and Ireland and the UK and Spain