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  1. She's been laid up since the Spring so is both suitable and pretty much immediately available. What other two ships could turn up would be interesting though.
  2. General Discussions on Brexit

    The full article is a posting on worldeconomics.com - https://www.worldeconomics.com/GlobalPriceIndexes/WorldPriceIndex/WPI.efp
  3. Stena purchase 'Hammerodd'

    I think there's only been one poster who has asserted this? The additional level is a third deck, not a second one and is accessed from the original upper freight deck - which like the Clipper is in turn accessed from the main deck as the ship's regular berths in Ronne and Koge are single level only. So there would be no need for modification for her to operate CI routes, assuming her draught and the bit of length added during the rebuild were OK.
  4. Stena purchase 'Hammerodd'

    The Hammerodde is reported to be going for as little as Euro 22m which, even though she is smallish , seems like a good price.
  5. General Discussions on Brexit

    For a company which trades in Euros and sells predominantly in Sterling, a devaluation of the latter by 20% is a matter of genuine concern, affecting both demand (France becomes more expensive) and viability (no matter how well hedged they are, in time and all other things being equal, profits will go down or losses up). It's all very real.
  6. The mainland-Canaries route is only a small part of Trasme's activities so I'd be surprised if that was a stumbling block. The competition authorities might try to get a carve out of that or require that they try to sell it before completing the transaction - although who might want it? The only other area of real overlap are on the services to Nador/Melilla but there is competition there from Balearia. If this goes ahead that's a sign of the future - Armas vs Balearia and I imagine Armas would show a bit more spine than Acciona have done in surrendering to Balearia in their core market over the past decade or so.
  7. Dada, Rhapsody and GNV Azzurra have been chartered to provide accommodation for Spanish police in advance of the Catalan referendum. Their arrival has proven rather controversial to say the least, especially the Dada with her somewhat frivolous livery. The crew have now draped huge rudimentary covers over the side of the ship not facing the quayside to obscure the Looney Tunes characters underneath but the underlying purpose of their being there remains a matter of some debate. Pulling these 3 ships from service has led to some interesting reshuffles in the Moby and GNV rosters with a few sailings cancelled and other ships doing rather different things to normal (Moby Niki's return to Bastia being a highlight).
  8. General Discussions on Brexit

    That's how representative democracy works - you elect people who will represent your views and vote accordingly. You don't have referenda on every issue that some slivers of society think are most important, not least because the electorate can't hope and wouldn't want to be suitably well informed enough to make these sorts of decisions. The idea that Britain has been unfairly corralled into things by sneaky foreigners and has never had a say in it is a myth, evidenced not least by the slew of opt outs and preferential treatments agreed to by our fellow members as they made larger steps in which we were not interested. We created an alternative EU which worked for us very well, but which successive governments could still blame for a variety of things which went wrong, sure in the knowledge that the "faceless bureaucrats" couldn't answer back (giving European diplomats a face was always unwise given the xenophobia of the British press to Delors etc). But now we are out. And back begging for more special favours to let us keep all those things which it turns out we really liked after all. But which the same EU negotiators now seem strangely less keen to grant as there really isn't much in it for them any more. But, I understand, we will eventually be able to have our cake and eat it. I await the UK's visit to the patisserie with interest.
  9. General Discussions on Brexit

    I imagine that part of the reason the EU spent so many years agreeing to accommodate the UK's demands was an understanding that Britain had always both stood apart and, for a time, alone. The European project was and always has been about securing the peace through mutual prosperity and whilst I'm sure modern Europeans are grateful for the role of the UK in winning WW2 they are just as grateful for the postwar politicians in Europe and in the US who put in place the frameworks for peace and prosperity that endure to this day. Gratitude is one thing - looking back to events 80 years ago and using perceived ingratitude as some sort of logical basis for voting to make subsequent generations of modern Britons poorer is to my mind somewhat convoluted logic
  10. Etretat

    That's right - the period that LD were looking at her was after the ANEK/Superfast relationship began in 2011. At their peak Superfast's Ancona-Patra route used to have two sailings each way each day using four ships. That went down to three ships with odd-day additional sailings in 2009 when the Superfast XII moved to the Aegean and then down to two ships/one each way when the V was sold to BF after the '09 season. After the ANEK liaison began the spare sailings were back although the Minoan beasties were hoovering up traffic by that stage.
  11. Etretat

    I don't think anyone believes LD planned to open the Le Havre route with a Superfast - it was how they were going to upgrade the route in lieu of the Norman Leader. The SF VI spent her final Superfast years running duplicate Ancona-Igoumenitsa-Patras sailings alongside Superfast XI and Hellenic Spirit on what was technically a two-ship service and was available for sale if anyone stumped up the cash, which Genting finally did.
  12. Etretat

    As HT suggests it was indeed one of the more modern Superfasts that LD were after, not one of the slightly more perfunctory first pair - I think VI before it went to Bimini. After the financial crisis all the Greek-owned Superfasts were for sale for the right price so they were certainly available, as were the Tallink ones at around the same time. As for the Oslofjord - DFDS only ever chartered her, never bought her.
  13. There were a couple of cases on Stena at Holyhead, one was the B&I one about literally rocking the Irish boats as Sealink ships sailed past. The other one was when Sealink as port operator put obstacles in the way of Sea Containers opening a SeaCat service from Holyhead in '93/'94. Both made for very interesting case law and the documents about the SeaCon one (which was partly another way of Jim Sherwood and Dan Sten Olsson continuing their very personal war) are quite revealing- http://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/dec/1994/19(1)/oj
  14. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Presumably it's reference to the loading system (copied from the Ulysees) of a separate car deck above twin freight decks being accessed via side ramps from the upper of the freight decks (as below on Dunkerque Seaways). But is the Honfleur going to just have two vehicle decks like the existing ships anyway, making the point moot?
  15. St Nazaire to Gijon

    I think that image is of the ship Balearia have building art La Naval. The Visentini ships have the same dimensions as the standard ones from that yard - no publicity images have been released of them that I've seen and it could be that, LNG apart, they are broadly similar to the yard's regular output.