Emeraude Ferries

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Emeraude Ferries
Fate Dissolved
Founded 1904
Defunct 2006
Headquarters Saint-Malo, France
Area served
English Channel
Key people
Pierre Legras, MD
Gordon Forrest, CEO
Services Passenger transportation
Freight transportation
Parent 2003-2006: Sogestran
Website www.emeraudeferries.com
Emeraude France in Douglas Harbour

Emeraude Ferries was a shipping company which operated vehicle and passenger ferries between the French city of Saint-Malo and the Channel Islands. The company ceased trading in May 2006 following strong competition[1] and difficulties in finding a suitable vessel for the 2006 season.


Emeraude Ferries was founded in 1904 as Bateaux de la Cote D'Emeraude.[2] In 1988 the company rebranded its ferry services as Emeraude Lines.

Competition arrived in March 2003 when Condor Ferries were granted a licence to carry cars from Jersey to St Malo. Previously only Emeraude Lines was permitted to carry cars and passengers to St Malo direct from Jersey.[3]

In November 2003 Emeraude Lines was purchased by the Sogestran Group.[4][5] The company was renamed Emeraude Ferries.


  1. ^ BBC News "Ferry firm resumes link to France", accessed 5 May 2011
  2. ^ http://www.ferries.org "Emeraude Ferries", accessed 5 May 2011
  3. ^ BBC News "Condor to compete on ferry route", accessed 5 May 2011
  4. ^ Jersey Evening Post "Emeraude takeover approved", accessed 5 May 2011
  5. ^ BBC News "Emeraude creditors meet", accessed 5 May 2011