BRITTANY Ferries’ new vessel Galicia arrived into Portsmouth International Port yesterday morning, ready for berthing trials before she begins ferrying British sun seekers to Spain in December.

‘I’m delighted to welcome Galicia to the city on behalf of the people of Portsmouth,’ said Mike Sellers, director at Portsmouth International Port.

‘2020 has been a challenging year for us all, so it’s great to be able to look to the future positively.’

Galicia is the first new vessel for Brittany Ferries since 2009 and represents part of a multimillion euro investment that includes two ferries powered by liquefied natural gas.

‘Fleet renewal is an integral part of our five-year recovery plan and Galicia’s arrival is the result of a commission made in happier times,’ said Christophe Mathieu, CEO of Brittany Ferries.

Galicia has already undergone initial trials in Weihai, China. Once she gets the green light, she will complete two round trips each week between Portsmouth and Santander.

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