Having suspended passenger services as a result of Covid-19, staff on board the Brittany Ferries 'Kerry' operating out of Rosslare Europort were yesterday getting set to welcome members of the public on board once again for the first time since the virus caused a partial shut-down of their operations.
Now a familiar sight at the Wexford port since its maiden voyage to Bilbao towards the end of February, yesterday (Monday) the vessel was set for France as they company started its new route to Roscoff. The Kerry departed Rosslare at 11.30 p.m. and will return to the port tomorrow at which time it will depart for Bilbao at 11 a.m.
The company say that all precautions have been taken for the safety of staff and passengers and subsequently passenger numbers will be limited, with capacity decreasing by up to 60% in some cases. Sanitary and social distancing measures have been implemented on board including staggered disembarkation and the mandatory wearing of masks in all public areas of the ship.
'We are very much looking forward to welcoming holiday makers back on board,' said Christophe Mathieu, CEO Brittany Ferries. 'Operationally, we have put in place everything for a safe return to service and we have practised these measures daily. Our job now is to reassure passengers that ferries are open for business and that travel by sea is the safest way to enjoy an international holiday. It won't be quite the same Brittany Ferries experience on board of course. However, it will still be a relaxing sea bridge to take you to the beautiful destinations you have been dreaming of during lockdown.'