The Cork to Roscoff ferry service has been cancelled until June 14 after suffering setbacks in repairing the Pont-Aven vessel.
It was hoped the vessel would be returned to service in time for this weekend's sailings from Ringaskiddy.
However, Brittany Ferries confirmed today that sailings on the company’s Cork/Roscoff route have had to be cancelled this weekend (Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June) and the following weekend (Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June), as well as a number of sailings on the company’s Plymouth/Santander and Plymouth/Roscoff routes.
The Pont-Aven experienced hydraulic failure early last week and another ship was brought in to service to ensure passengers at the time would not be affected.
Technicians have been working to repair the ship’s starboard steering gear but have suffered a setback. The delay has come as they wait on replacement parts to be sent to their shipyard in Damen, Brent.
Once arrived and fitted, the Pont-Aven then needs to undergo comprehensive checks before the vessel can be allowed back into service.
Some sailings from the Cork to Santander route will be diverted in order to help passengers stuck in Roscoff or Cork to get home.
Customers who were scheduled to depart soonest will be contacted first and offered a full refund if arrangements to travel on another service can’t be made.
Due to the high number of passengers affected by the cancellations, Britanny Ferries have advised customers to not call the customer service phone number and wait to be contacted.
Speaking about the cancellation, Christophe Matthieu, Britanny Ferries CEO said: “I would like to apologise profusely for the further delays to the return of our flagship Pont-Aven, and the disruption that this will cause to travel plans.”