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BRITTANY FERRIES AND CMA CGM WORK TOGETHER ON LOGISTICS AND LNG

BRITTANY FERRIES AND CMA CGM WORK TOGETHER ON LOGISTICS AND LNG

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 

Brittany Ferries, the largest ferry company operating under the French flag, and the CMA CGM Group, a leader in shipping and logistics, have signed a letter of intent to unlock synergies between the two companies in passenger and freight transport.

Under the agreement, CMA CGM will make a €25m investment in Brittany Ferries, which will help support Brittany Ferries’ post-Covid-19 recovery. The partnership will help to unlock synergies between the two companies in passenger and freight transport. By harnessing the respective areas of expertise of the CMA CGM Group and Brittany Ferries, it will help promote the development of cross-Channel shipping and underpin France’s position in the sector. A representative of the CMA CGM Group will join Brittany Ferries’ Supervisory Board.

The agreement establishes a commercial partnership between the CMA CGM Group and Brittany Ferries through the use of available cargo space on board Brittany Ferries’ services to the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Iberian Peninsula. The transportation of goods aboard Brittany Ferries’ ro-ro ships will help expand the CMA CGM Group’s offering in the ro-ro sector for the Atlantic and northern coast of France to destinations in the UK. The partnership with CMA CGM will pave the way for Brittany Ferries to gain more expertise in freight and logistics, helping the company to adapt more easily to the post-Covid-19 trends in goods transportation, including the transport of unaccompanied trailers, and to offer new transport services so it can better meet the needs of its customers. Through this agreement, both groups will be able to introduce new roro services.

CMA CGM and Brittany Ferries, both of which are committed to developing LNG to power their ships, will be looking at ways of sharing their LNG knowledge and resources in areas such as training for French crews and safety procedures. Both companies have undertaken to introduce more environmentally-friendly shipping and logistics solutions.

Two new LNG-powered ships are due to join Brittany Ferries’ fleet next year and in 2023. The new ro-pax vessels, to be named Salamanca and Santoña, will operate services between the UK and Spain. In addition, Brittany Ferries is about to introduce a new rail freight service to expand its multimodal offering.

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