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BREST/PORTSMOUTH: January 15, 2018. As the UK Parliament today rejects the Brexit plan of Britain's prime minister Theresa May, Brittany Ferries is increasing capacity Brittany Ferries freightby 50 percent on sailings between Roscoff and Plymouth, Cherbourg to Poole and Le Havre to Portsmouth after the UK’s scheduled exit from the EU on March 29.

The move follows the award last month of a £46.6 million contract from Britain’s Department of Transport to provide more post-Brexit freight capacity between the UK and France.

“Our priority is to prepare for a no-deal Brexit and to create additional capacity,” declared Brittany Ferries CEO Christophe Mathieu. “By increasing the number of rotations on routes like Le Havre – Portsmouth we will be able to meet the Department for Transport’s Brexit requirement.”

The company began operating between France and Britain the day after the country joined the EEC on January 02, 1973 with the first sailing carrying market garden produce grown by Breton farmers seeking new markets.

Today it operates 12 ships on 11 routes linking the UK and Ireland with France and Spain, with the first LNG-powered vessel scheduled to begin operating between Portsmouth and Caen this summer. In addition to 2.5 million passengers, it carries an average of 210,000 freight units per year.

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