Brittany Ferries hopes upgraded Plymouth port could bring routes to Portugal and Africa

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Brittany Ferries, Plymouth City Council and Associated British Ports (ABP) have reportedly begun talks regarding a plan to upgrade Millbay docks to allow for higher freight volumes as well as new routes to Portugal or North Africa served by large ferries.

Brittany Ferries hopes upgraded Plymouth port could bring routes to Portugal and Africa
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According to Plymouth Live, Brittany Ferries has said the proposed investment into dockside facilities could bring more jobs, ferry routes and prestige to Plymouth.

Christophe Mathieu, chief executive of Brittany Ferries, is said to have attended a productive meeting with Plymouth City Council and Associated British Ports. Mathieu believes Plymouth’s port has the potential to handle more freight and tourist travellers, especially now the facility has freeport status.

The Brittany Ferries boss was quoted as saying he wants Plymouth’s city authorities to “fight for funds” from the UK Government for port modernisation and on-shore power. He also said that Brittany Ferries was trying to look long ahead with its future plans:

“I like to work on long-term plans. We are trying to think four, five or six years ahead. We need to prepare for a greener generation of vessels, on-shore power and new passenger facilities.”

Mr Mathieu named Spain, Portugal and North Africa as destinations Brittany Ferries could possibly sail to from an upgraded Plymouth port. However, if that were to happen, there would need to be sufficient demand from both tourists and logistics operators, with infrastructure improvements in particular needed to attract the latter. Hence the desire for public funds to be used to improve the infrastructure in and around the port.


Photo: Stux / Pixabay / Pixabay licence

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