Pont-Aven will resume service on 14 May
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.