Pont-Aven resumes journey to Plymouth

8th August 2023

Brittany Ferries is pleased to confirm that its vessel Pont-Aven has now been cleared to depart Brest for its onward journey to Plymouth today.

The clearance came from the French health authorities, and the vessel departed at around 15:15 UK time (16:15 local French time).

Pont-Aven was diverted to Brest this morning after a number of crew members reported feeling unwell. No passengers were affected.

The decision to divert was made by the captain of Pont-Aven in consultation with the relevant authorities, including the French Centre de Consultation Médicale Maritime (CCMM, Maritime Medical Advisory Centre) based in Purpan, Toulouse, and the French coastguard (CROSS: Centres régionaux opérationnels de surveillance et de secours).

The ship arrived in Brest at 10:30 UK time this morning (11:30 French local time).

We apologise to all passengers affected by today’s diversion to Brest, and would like to thank them for their patience. We will continue to work with the French authorities and our own teams both on board and ashore to determine the cause of today’s incident.

Pont-Aven is currently carrying 982 passengers and is expected to arrive in Plymouth at around 22:00 this evening.


About Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries was conceived in 1972, starting life as a freight-only service on 2nd January the following year. The first ferry (Kerisnel) linked Roscoff in Brittany with Plymouth in the South of England and carried a cargo of  cauliflowers and cognac. Since then the company has progressively launched, then strengthened its shipping routes. This year, Brittany Ferries celebrates 50 years at sea. Millions of passengers and businesses transporting goods by sea across the so-called Atlantic Arc (France, UK, Spain and Ireland) rely on the links forged over the decades. In addition to cutting congestion and emissions on busy roads, these motorways-of the sea have helped enrich local communities, creating jobs,  nurturing international tourism.

More details here: corporate.brittany-ferries.com/en/



Key figures:

  • Turnover: €444.7 million last year compared with €469 million in 2018-19.
  • Fleet renewal: Four new LNG-powered vessels to join the fleet (2022-2025) including two LNG-hybrids
  • Employment: Around 2,500 employees, including 1,600 seafarers (full-time equivalent)
  • Passengers: 1.84 million compared with 2.5 million in 2018-19
  • Freight: 167,711 units last year versus 201,554 in 2018-19
  • 12 ships connecting France, the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland, via 14 maritime routes
  • 12 ports: Roscoff, Saint-Malo, Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Poole, Cork, Rosslare, Santander, Bilbao.

Press contacts:

Nigel Wonnacott [email protected]
Christopher Jones  [email protected]


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