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Barfleur trials in Guernsey go without a hitch

Brittany Ferries’ cruise ferry Barfleur successfully carried out berthing trails in St Peter Port on 24 April 2024.  The move follows successful berthing trials with the ship in Jersey two weeks ago.

“Our aim with both berthing trials has been to test the capabilities and constraints that might allow us to bring a ship like Barfleur to the islands if needed,” said Christophe Mathieu CEO of Brittany Ferries and interim CEO Condor Ferries.

“It’s important because fleet flexibility is key to bringing greater resilience to the islands in the months and years ahead.”

A couple of hundred people gathered around various vantage points at the harbour to watch in fine weather as Barfleur entered the pier heads just after 5.30pm, taking a cautious approach, but there did not appear to be any issues as she was brought alongside.

It is not anticipated Barfleur would become a regular part of scheduled services, but could be used on local routes if any of the usual Condor fleet is unavailable.

Barfleur is 157m in length and can carry 900 passengers and 590 cars, and currently serves the Poole to Cherbourg route for the company.

Photos by Tony Rive

The 158 metre Brittany Ferries Ro-Pax ship Barfleur approaching St Peter Port harbour for berthing trials alongside number 2 berth, on the Eastside of the New Jetty.
The 158 metre Brittany Ferries Ro-Pax ship Barfleur at St Peter Port harbour for berthing trials alongside number 2 berth, on the Eastside of the New Jetty.
The 158 metre Brittany Ferries Ro-Pax ship Barfleur approaching St Peter Port harbour for berthing trials alongside number 2 berth, on the Eastside of the New Jetty.
The 158 metre Brittany Ferries Ro-Pax ship Barfleur approaching St Peter Port harbour for berthing trials alongside number 2 berth, on the Eastside of the New Jetty.
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