Brittany Ferries & the environment

We’re taking steps to be more environmentally friendly and so are our customers!

As a company founded and still largely owned by French farmers, we are committed to preserving the environment in which we operate, by including our customers in our approach.

As a signatory of the Sails Charter, we are committed to reducing our impact by: investing in an eco-responsible future, reducing our footprint at sea and on land, supporting research and collaborating with NGOs and by raising customer awareness during sailings.

Reducing our impact


Following the order of Salamanca and Galicia, in spring 2019 we confirmed, the order of a third LNG-powered vessel, Santoña. LNG is a more environmentally friendly fuel than diesel. Sulphur-free and virtually particle-free, LNG has many advantages, including the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Using LNG makes it possible to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 85% and CO2 emissions by around 20%.

We are taking action to reduce our emissions by:

  • Investing in ships that comply with "Clean Sea" standards, thus reducing our CO2 emissions by 10%
  • Equipping six of our vessels with smoke filters, reducing our sulphur and particulate emissions by 97%
  • Using low-sulphur diesel fuel
  • Equipping our ships with eco-steering software and optimising our routes
  • Applying toxin-free silicon-based paints to the hulls of our ships to improve navigation and reduce our fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

The majority of our ships are self-sufficient in fresh water. They are equipped with on-board facilities that produce fresh water from heated and desalinated seawater.

All ships built over the past 20 years are equipped with waste water treatment facilities. Any water polluted by chemicals such as hydrocarbons is treated ashore by certified companies.

Our ships take part in various international research projects on fauna, flora and marine environments:

  • Armorique and Pont-Aven carries a ferry box which takes measurements of sea water quality as part of scientific projects conducted by the CNRS/INSU biological station in Roscoff
  • We are working with SAHFOS in a global project to collect plankton samples to help scientists assess the effects of global warming
  • Scientists and wildlife officers from ORCA are on our ships for 6 months of the year. In 2019, 33 studies took place
  • As part of a study carried out in partnership with the University of Exeter, bat detection devices are installed on the mast of Pont-Aven to study the migration of these small mammals

Responsible travel


On board, we are limiting the use of single-use plastics. In our restaurants, stainless steel cutlery has replaced plastic, coffee stirrers are made of wood and straws are made of paper. In your cabin, refillable dispensers have replaced plastic individual soaps and cups are made of paper.

5.7 million plastic items have been eliminated in one year alone, including 2 million cups.

80% of the products served on board in our restaurants are French. They mainly come from Brittany and Normandy to offer you the best of our regions.

We give priority to local producers to guarantee you fresh, seasonal food and reduce our carbon footprint.

In your cabin, the soaps and shower gels are now eco labelled: fragrance and dye free. The cleaning products we use on board are water-based, effective against dirt and environmentally friendly!

We have various measures in place, on land and at sea, to help raise awareness.

  • During the Plymouth to Roscoff and Spanish sailings, volunteers from Océanopolis and ORCA are on board to provide you with information and help you to observe and understand marine mammals and the marine ecosystem. From spring to autumn, come and meet the teams - you may even spot a dolphin or a whale!
  • Equipped with a virtual reality helmet, dive into the heart of the ocean and discover the fascinating world of plankton in our Planktomania educational animations!
  • Do you use the Plymouth to Roscoff route with your family during the summer holidays? Take part in one of the fun marine biology on-board workshops led by Marinexus