Roscoff to Cork ferry disrupted after hydraulic failure

Roscoff to Cork ferry disrupted after hydraulic failure
The Pont-Aven at sea.

The Cork to Roscoff Britanny Ferries service has been disrupted after the ship experienced a hydraulic failure.

The Pont-Aven ship was travelling from Plymouth to Roscoff, France on Wednesday night when it experienced a hydraulic problem, affecting the steering gears of the vessel. 

An oil leak was found by engineers, which resulted in reduced steering power.

Pont-Aven safely made it to Roscoff and has since set sail to Brest in France for repairs. Pont-Aven is used frequently on the Cork to Roscoff route, meaning passengers are to experience a disruption to upcoming travel plans.

The Roscoff to Cork sailing was due to depart at 8:30pm local time this evening but now an older vessel, the Armorique, will replace Pont-Aven and won’t set sail until Saturday morning, with a departure time yet to be confirmed.

A Britanny Ferries spokesperson told The Echo that passengers that were due to travel on the ferry were advised early this morning. 

Accommodation will be provided on a case by case situation for passengers affected.

The Britanny Ferries spokesperson also confirmed that it is just the Roscoff to Cork service that has been affected and normal service will resume when the Armorique makes its return journey to Roscoff.

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