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  1. Cork to Santander route set to launch

    The scenario you set out regarding freight being left behind is part of why BF have an uphill struggle, at least initially. At Dublin and Rosslare there are other easy alternatives. At Cork there isn’t without waiting for days (not possible with perishable goods), or driving to one of the other ports. That’s before we consider that the driver may have been getting his rest break onboard the ferry, so may need to take it before driving to Rosslare or Dublin! Hauliers like any business don’t like uncertainty. Another thing to remember as well is the likes of Nolan can have 2 loads on one trailer, one may well be for England or France and another for Spain. It could even be a case of part of a load for Spain coming from Ireland and the rest from England or elsewhere. You can’t assume an Irish trailer on a ferry from England has a load originating in Ireland even if it mostly will. Another factor is the importance of “hubs”, particularly to unaccompanied traffic. This is something we have seen here in Northern Ireland with P&O carrying a larger proportion of accompanied traffic than before now they no longer have the hub effect after closing or selling all their routes apart from Larne - Cairnryan. Stena on the other hand have a hub effect going on at Belfast, so much so they had to add a dedicated freighter to Birkenhead to feee up space for accompanied traffic! I know I sound very negative but honestly I’m not, I’m just pointing out some of the realites. Taking an economical vessel on a charter with a European crew is the sensible approach on what is a totally new proposition. It wouldn’t be the first time BF have launched a service with European crew before switching to a French crew, as someone else pointed out above.
  2. Cork to Santander route set to launch

    It is from scratch as at the moment absolutely no one is sending their trucks direct from Ireland to Spain. Nolan already have a relationship with the other operators. Hauliers sign agreements with operators and then use those operators as they’ll have agreed rates based on volumes. Cork is out of the way for those based in Wexford and Dublin (not to mention further north). If the bulk of a hauliers shipments go through Dublin or Rosslare then chances are they’ll stick with those ports unless it is significantly advantageous to do otherwise. Much will depend on both pricing and reliability. At times BF’s freight carryings from Cork are in the single figures (on a weekly service), but a more regular service should hopefully improve that for them and perhaps they can get a bit of a hub effect going at Cork. Just having a more convenient route isn’t enough though - this isn’t people booking their holidays! I honestly wish BF the best of success with this new route, but there is a lot of work to be done. If there wasn’t then another operator would have opened a direct route from Ireland to Spain years ago! There is definitely potential, but that isn’t the same as having acceptable load factors on a route which after all hasn’t even had its first sailing yet! LD lines could be used as an example in that they had very good loads but couldn’t make St Nazaire - Gijon pay without subsidy. Bottom line is the majority of the freight from Ireland isn’t in Cork but elsewhere. It’s BF’s task now to tempt it down there, and away from the established routes (and relationships). They should have little trouble filling the passenger capacity over the summer though.
  3. Cork to Santander route set to launch

    Sounds like it may be in the same place it was in Lagan Viking and Mersey Viking As said before, they’ll be building a freight market from scratch. Cork is out of the way for a lot of hauliers for a start. The potential is there but there’s a lot of work to be done.
  4. Cork to Santander route set to launch

    As Rick posted above it’ll be irrelevant as everywhere will be subject to emissions controls! BAIE DE SEINE is going back to DFDS as they need her for their own operations. Agree that weather will be a big factor. I recall LD had issues with this, as well as vessel reliability (on a related note BF are using the former Norman Asturias though I believe her reliability has improved now). Reliability could potentially kill this service. If freight is expected to move to Cork instead of the established ports to France which have easy alternatives then they’ll need reliability. Likewise tourist traffic won’t appreciate being “stranded” either. The European Flag thing mentioned again here https://www.ouest-france.fr/bretagne/morlaix-29600/brittany-ferries-une-rotation-hebdomadaire-en-plus-sur-la-ligne-roscoff-cork-5503066 The key part google translated again ” European flag The ship will carry 500 passengers and 195 cars. It has about 2,225 meters of haulage and Brittany Ferries expects "a fair distribution between passenger and freight transport" . The ship will also have a small shop, café and lounges. Currently operated between Italy and Greece, Connemara will be chartered to Stena Roro, a Swedish company, for an initial two years. In a first phase of launching this ship, the boat will be under a European flag. "In the highly uncertain context of Brexit, we need to reconcile development and risk management in order to protect the company's current shareholders and employees," says Jean-Marc Roué, chairman of Brittany Ferries' supervisory board. But "the company's ambition continues to see its armed fleet at the French flag" . Jean-Marc Roué wants as evidence the order, in 2017, "two new ships for an investment of several hundred million euros".”
  5. Cork to Santander route set to launch

    Agreed. BF are essentially creating a new ferry market here. A route between France and Spain is as relevant as one between England and France. As I’ve said in my previous post this is a new market for a ferry operation. Ireland’s exports to Spain are relatively small in the grand scheme of things and this is something I’m sure BF will hope will grow (as they will with traffic in the opposite direction). They obviously think that market and potential is there, hence why they have moved before anyone else did. The reason a Visentini has been chosen I would presume is that these vessels are designed for exactly this type of service. They are efficient and have a good load capacity, which is exactly what is needed on a new service that is probably going to take a while to become profitable. The vessel was also available, I assume because ANEK have not renewed her charter in time or have told Stena RoRo that they won’t be. Its interesting in any case how BF has focussed on its freight and economy offering in recent years, something that reflect the changing market obviously.
  6. Cork to Santander route set to launch

    Currently registered in Piraeus so far as I’m aware.
  7. Cork to Santander route set to launch

    An interesting development and well done to Brittany Ferries for taking the gamble on Ireland - Spain. I say gamble as they will have to build a freight market virtually from scratch, a market they will need to make a year round service viable. The problem they face is exiting haulage companies tend not to be based in the Cork area and have existing relationships with the other operators. The Cork to France route does not currently carry a lot of freight. Already the freight market is shifting from Wexford towards Dublin so BF will effectively have to reverse that trend and then some. Reliability will be very important as well as pricing versus the France and drive option (though for accompanied traffic getting the driver rest break out of the way will be a big plus and in terms of unaccompanied a driver will only be needed from Santander rather than the north of France). Undoubtedly the service will be popular with passengers in the summer so long as the pricing is right, though I’m sure there will be at least a few complaints about the facilities on a 28 hour service. In short it’s a positive development, but it’s far from being a successful route at present.
  8. Irish Ferries order ANOTHER FSG new build

    Fast craft already burn higher grade fuel (MGO) so the emissions regs won’t affect fuel cost directly. However Swift will be getting more and more expensive to maintain. With regards to frequency there is an element of that with her timetable, but the money these days is with freight. I’m sure ICG will have looked at the numbers carefully, especially with having both Ulysses and Epsilon to compare to. Its important to remember that WB Yeats will be dedicated to France with Oscar Wilde also providing sailings so if anything IF are increasing rather than reducing Ireland - France capacity, especially over the summer passenger peak.
  9. Irish Ferries order ANOTHER FSG new build

    Perhaps more significant is the lack of any mention of the fast craft service, suggesting as some of us thought it was for the chop as soon as its capacity could be found elsewhere. Oscar looks likely to go seasonal, she's already getting an extended break this year (from September) as things stand with Epsilon becoming the sole France vessel in the quieter months. I do wonder if there will be a Stena response. It looks likely E-Flexer number 1 will go to Holyhead, but will that be a case of too little too late (even if it does arrive on-time at the end of 2019).
  10. Irish Ferries new Acquisition

    Last I heard she was at Algeciras waiting for the weather to improve before making her way to Liverpool. As for fast ferries being here to stay, todays ICG announcement goes into quite a bit of detail about their future fleet plans (New build and Ulysses on Holyhead, WB Yeats on Dublin - France, Oscar retained, etc) but makes no mention of either fast craft. Possibly because with Ulysses and an even larger vessel they will no longer need the capacity that the swift provides!
  11. Irish Ferries order ANOTHER FSG new build

    Cruise Ferry Particulars Cruise Ferry Details Ulysses Gross tonnage (estimated) 67,300t 50,938t Deck capacity Trucks (maximum) Trucks (effective peak capacity) or Cars (maximum) 330 300 1,500 241 200 1,342 Passenger Capacity 1,800 1,850 Passenger Cabins 152 96 Engine/output (4 engines) 33,600 KW 31,200 KW Speed 22.8 knots 22.0 knots
  12. Irish Continental Group plc : Irish Continental Group plc invests €165.2 million to build a new cruise ferry for Dublin - Holyhead route Released : 02 Jan 2018 07:00 Company Announcement Irish Continental Group plc invests €165.2 million to build a new cruise ferry for Dublin - Holyhead route Irish Continental Group plc ("ICG") has entered into an agreement, with the German company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG ("FSG"), whereby FSG has agreed to build a cruise ferry for ICG at a contract price of €165.2 million. Upon completion, it will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity. The cruise ferry will accommodate 1,800 passengers and crew, with capacity for 5,610 freight lane metres, which provides the capability to carry 330 freight units per sailing. Overall, it will effectively be a 50% increase in peak freight capacity compared to the MV Ulysses. The Agreement between ICG and FSG provides that the cruise ferry is scheduled for delivery before Mid-2020. Twenty percent of the contract price will be paid in instalments during the construction period. The balance of 80% will be paid on delivery. ICG intend to utilise credit facilities to finance the cruise ferry. The pre-delivery instalment payments to FSG will be protected by means of bank guarantees. This cruise ferry will be designed and built to the highest standards of cruise shipping, and equipped with efficiency, comfort and capacity in mind. Emissions scrubber technology (included in the above price) and ballast water systems will meet current and known future environmental regulations and will deliver optimal fuel consumption while minimising related costs. The cruise ferry will be powered by four main engines delivering 33,600 KW of power which will ensure a high degree of service reliability equal to the MV Ulysses which is currently the most reliable ship to ever operate on the Irish Sea. The cruise ferry is being built specifically for Irish Ferries Dublin - Holyhead services. It is expected to replace the schedule of the MV Ulysses, which in turn will replace the currently chartered vessel MV Epsilon in the fleet. This will allow for the deployment of the W.B. Yeats (arriving Mid 2018) full-time on the direct Ireland - France route alongside the MV Oscar Wilde. The cruise ferry will also adhere to Ice Class specification which allows for a wide geographic area of operation. Freight capacity will be provided over five decks. Uniquely, the vessel has been designed for three tier freight bow loading to allow for efficient loading/unloading and quick turnaround times. Passenger facilities will be spread over three decks. In addition to a superb choice of bars, restaurants (to include both á la carte and self-service options), special provision has been made for premium Club Class passengers, with a dedicated lounge featuring private access direct from the vehicle decks. A choice of state-of -the-art entertainment options and cinemas, dedicated facilities for freight drivers, as well as many retail outlets will ensure that all passengers will be comfortable and engaged throughout their journey. This new cruise ferry provides Irish Ferries with a significant increase in both its freight & tourism carrying capacity on the fast-growing Dublin - Holyhead route. Cruise Ferry Particulars Cruise Ferry Details Ulysses Gross tonnage (estimated) 67,300t 50,938t Deck capacity Trucks (maximum) Trucks (effective peak capacity) or Cars (maximum) 330 300 1,500 241 200 1,342 Passenger Capacity 1,800 1,850 Passenger Cabins 152 96 Engine/output (4 engines) 33,600 KW 31,200 KW Speed 22.8 knots 22.0 knots Referring to the announcement Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer, commented that; "This investment underpins the confidence the Group has in the markets in which we operate. Alongside the recent investment in the MV W.B. Yeats, it brings our total investment to €315m for these two vessels designed for our operations on the Irish Sea. The construction of a cruise ferry of this size will offer both additional capacity and an enhanced experience for both our tourism and freight customers. This infrastructural investment enhances "the bridge" to the UK & Continental Europe that is a vital part of the continued success of Ireland's open economy." 02 January 2018 END http://otp.investis.com/clients/uk/icg1/rns/regulatory-story.aspx?cid=500&newsid=962216
  13. Pride of Kent, Heavy contact in Calais.

    I’m led to believe the damage to Pride of Kent is quite serious, more so than what has previously been mentioned. She’ll definitely be out for more than a few days, that’s for sure! In any case, we should wait for the MAIB report before jumping to conclusions as to what happened. The main thing is everyone onboard is safe surely!
  14. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Not directly related, but Irish Ferries WB Yeats is due to float out in mid January.
  15. St Nazaire to Gijon

    Suardiaz carry freight as well as cars and the GEFCO trailers. This was part of the reasoning for introducing the second ship, and getting the increased MoS subsidy (at LD lines expense). As for romantic weekend and a fast sailing, the LNG Visentini's have the same sailing speed as the current generation - 24kts. If we take the LD crossing time of 14 hours and very optimistically say a new service did it in 10 thats still 10 hours on a Visentini (each way)! 10 hours with a restaurant and a bar and not much else. I wouldn't care how rapid the train is, i'll fly from where I am to where I want to go in a few hours (and thats before considering the need to get to Montoir in the first place and wait to board) and save the romance for the hotel rather than pitching and rolling in a Visentini cabin!