Roscoff-Plymouth ferry cancelled after industrial action

Britanny Ferries' Armorique
Image caption Britanny Ferries' Armorique was due to leave Roscoff

Two ferry Armorique between France and Plymouth have been cancelled after industrial action by the ship's crew.

Britanny Ferries' Armorique was due to leave Roscoff at 16:00 GMT (15:00 BST) but was initially delayed while members of its French crew had a meeting.

The company later said the vessel would not depart until Friday, but added alternatives were being sought for the 575 who were due on board on Thursday.

The ship's return journey on Friday morning has also been cancelled.

Alternative crossings

The action was called by crew members who were angry at proposed changes of working terms and conditions put forward by their bosses.

David Smith, of St Kew, near Wadebridge, Cornwall, said passengers were initially informed of problems by electronic signs in Roscoff.

He said: "There was a sign which said, 'due to industrial action, it's delayed'. That was all we knew."

Britanny Ferries said some passengers had been advised to take alternative overnight crossings from other ports, including Caen - a three to four-hour drive away - where the company has a route to Portsmouth.

Company spokesman Stephen Tuckwell said: "Of course we're reimbursing them for the petrol they use, and any fare they incur for their crossing."

He added that the action meant the vessel's Friday morning sailing - due to depart Plymouth at 08:00 BST - was off, and the company was trying to get hold of those passengers to inform them.

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