Both new ferries will operate between Portsmouth and the UK (Image: Brittany Ferries)
Brittany Ferries is to name its two new ferries Galicia and Salamanca when they are delivered in 2021 and 2022.
According to Brittany Ferries, the names were chosen to reflect the company’s ‘drive to reveal more of the beautiful destinations it serves’ – Galicia is on Spain’s northern coast and Salamanca is south west of Castilla y León. They were selected following a competition involving around 300 members of Brittany Ferries’ onshore staff and shipboard crew this May. The winners were Christophe Scherr, a barman onboard Normandie, and Pierre-Yves Prigent from the IT team in Roscoff, France. Both men will enjoy a complimentary return sailing on the first commercial crossing for the ship they named.
“I’m delighted that we have chosen these beautiful names, which celebrate two fabulous destinations in Spain served by Brittany Ferries,” said Christophe Mathieu, chief executive of Brittany Ferries. “The winners can be proud to have suggested names that will become part of the company’s history and we look forward to welcoming Galicia and Salamanca to the fleet.”
Both Galicia and Salamanca will be based in Portsmouth, UK and operate long-haul services to Spain. They are part of Brittany Ferries’ fleet renewal and investment programme and will be the second and third new vessels to join the fleet post-Brexit. They will follow on from new LNG-powered ship Honfleur, which is scheduled to start service on the route between Portsmouth and Caen, France from 2019.
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