[PR] Brittany Ferries’ Kerry sets sail from Rosslare Europort

By: Steven Tarbox
Brittany Ferries
  • First Rosslare to Bilbao sailing Friday, 28th February
  • First French rotation Monday, 23rd March
  • Move welcomed by Irish and Spanish hauliers

Brittany Ferries ship Kerry embarked on her inaugural direct sailing from Rosslare Europort to Bilbao on Friday, 28th February.

The new route out of Rosslare has been welcomed by hauliers given the port’s proximity to Dublin and the east coast road network.  Equally hauliers operating on the European mainland have welcomed the move to Bilbao, a port more attuned to freight traffic with easier transport links into the Iberian Peninsula.

While primarily aimed at the freight market into Europe, the route will also carry holidaymakers to both Spain and France. It will be part of Brittany Ferries ‘économie’ service, offering a comfortable, no-frills voyage.  Sailings will be twice-weekly and will incorporate a weekly Ireland/France rotation (schedule included below).

Speaking at the launch of the new route, Brittany Ferries Group Freight Director, Simon Wagstaff:

“I am delighted to be here for the first Brittany Ferries sailing from Rosslare. Since we opened operations linking Ireland and Spain in 2018 we have listened carefully to feedback from freight customers, on what is predominantly a route for commercial traffic. The clear message was that a move to Rosslare would help them and us deliver a more attractive option to the UK landbridge.  We now operate from two ports in Ireland, reinforcing our commitment to the country, its people and its economy.”

Brittany Ferries KERRY. Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries KERRY. Brittany Ferries

Glenn Carr, General Manager, Rosslare Europort added:

“We are delighted to welcome Brittany Ferries’ Kerry to Rosslare Europort today.  We look forward to working with Brittany Ferries to building a successful partnership to serve freight and passenger customers.  The decision to introduce this service not only shows the appeal of Rosslare Europort to shipping lines, freight and tourism customers, but also is the first of what we intend to be a number of new business announcements, building on our €25 million investment plans in port facilities, infrastructure and technology. Rosslare Europort is Ireland’s closest port to mainland Europe, and is now the only port outside of Dublin with a Border Inspection Post facility, and will provide the quickest direct services for exports and imports to both Europe and the UK post-Brexit.”

The new Rosslare to Bilbao route will open for passenger bookings online in early March but customers can now book through the Brittany Ferries reservations team by phone on 021 427 7801.  Our Freight Reservations team can be contacted on +44 (0)330 159 5000.

Winter Sailing Schedule (Until Friday, 20th March 2020)

Rosslare to BilbaoDepart Mondays at 23.30Arrive Bilbao Wednesdays at 08:00
Depart Fridays at 23:30Arrive Bilbao Sundays at 08:00
Bilbao to RosslareDepart Sundays at 12:00Arrive Rosslare Mondays at 16:00
Depart Thursdays at 12:00Arrive Rosslare Fridays at 15:00

Spring Sailing Schedule (From Sunday, 22nd March 2020 until Friday, 30th October 2020)

Rosslare to BilbaoDepart Fridays at 23:30Arrive Bilbao Sundays at 08:00
 Depart Wednesdays at 11:00Arrive Bilbao Thursdays at 16:00
Bilbao to RosslareDepart Sundays at 12:00Arrive Rosslare Mondays at 16:00
 Depart Thursdays at 17:45 or 18:45 (depending on date)Arrive Bilbao Fridays at 20:30 or 21:30 (depending on date)
Rosslare to RoscoffDepart Mondays at 23:30Arrive Roscoff Tuesdays at 15:30
Roscoff to RosslareDepart Tuesdays at 19:00Arrive Rosslare Wednesdays at 08:00

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