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  1. Not sure what "EU Human Rights legislation" means - perhaps the European Convention on Human Rights? But that's nothing directly to do with the EU - it's an obligation of membership of the Council of Europe which I haven't seen many suggest we should withdraw from. Almost everything in the ECHR is pretty uncontroversial. But by definition human rights legislation is skewed towards protection for the less powerful and against tyranny of the majority. If the Tory press is still going on about how difficult it is to deport people to countries where they may be tortured or killed then they're going to face more Brexit disappointment as, after leaving the EU, the UK will remain a member of the Council of Europe and remain a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights. Plus we'll remain party to any number of international agreements which state the same thing - the UN Convention on Torture, the Conventions Relating to the Status of Refugees and the Convention Against Torture.
  2. It's a strange world where human rights are considered a negative thing by some or an easy whipping boy. Surely that's what we are trying to protect from extremists-our values and our ways of life. Any challenge to our fundamental freedoms should rightly be at least questioned even if the correct answer is to indeed allow some diminishment of them. A rapid rush towards authoritarianism is to change our way of life and so should be done with great caution.
  3. But Normandie represents a 25% or so reduction in freight capacity which is what the route in its current incarnation is focussed on so the requirement. Does Etretat sail full or close to full of freight very often?
  4. Anyone interested in a pair of ex-Moby, ex-Sealink ferries? http://www.unlimitedoffshore.com/single-post/2017/05/17/TWO-UNITS-DAY-ROPAX-FOR-SALE It had to happen now the Moby Niki and Moby Kiss have been brought in as replacements. Moby would rather sell them as a pair. The Love could have a future, the Baby less so.
  5. The results of a mid-crossing lorry fire aboard Moby's Giuseppe Sa - https://vimeo.com/217362336
  6. I think there's six! The four you mention, the Tor ship being Tor Scandinavia/Moby Otta. then in the background at the Mariotti yard the distinctive shape of the Moby Dada/ Queen of Scandinavia's funnel plus the tip of the Moby Drea/Tor Britannia's funnel. The Corsica Marina is the one in dry dock but she was the one of those four which never operated from the UK.
  7. Another image from Navi e Armatori - a chunk of the seasonal Moby fleet in Genoa. How many ex-UK ships in one image?
  8. And the Moby Niki is revealed ... From Navi e Armatori
  9. I'll probably not be sailing on her until late Summer but I'm sure some will come out once she enters service. Meanwhile here is how her fleetmate got her new colours -
  10. The Panagia Parou had been laid up for years and was never likely to re-enter service. She's technically I think still owned by the remains of NEL Lines whose other laid up ships litter ports in Greece. This ship and her sister were absolute turkeys and have never settled with any operator for a prolonged period.
  11. Here's the other Spanish ferry incident from Friday - no injuries here but whereas the Volcan de Tamasite will soon be back up and running, the poor old Panagia Parou is done for.
  12. Port side view of the Moby Dada (starboard side is blue) From Navi e Armatori
  13. Moby Niki also now has Batman markings (she's only partly painted in this image from http://www.naviearmatori.net)
  14. The bit about it not being publicised is true - one of the great tragedies of the referendum is that the disproportionate funding the EU directs to less affluent areas which voted Leave, such as the north east and parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire, is much less likely to continue flowing from a Conservative government - not just because the Conservative heartlands are in the south but because the sort of social/infrastructure programmes the EU are keen on are ideologically a poor fit for that party, Northern Powerhouse or not. A valid argument was there to be had about money - not the lies of the Leave campaign but a grown up discussion about EU funding, The merits, or not, of sending funds back to poorer regions but also the overarching idea of building up the infrastructure in less developed EU areas. The underlying logic is - the better the infrastructure in Greece or Croatia, the more easily we in the UK can get our goods to their markets. A stronger economy for them, (less likelihood of reverting to failed states which is still the most important European ideal) - but moreover, as these investments help them become more wealthy they will both be more able to buy our goods and those new roads mean we'll be more easily able to get them there. Unfortunately you need a bureaucracy to administer it and that, as well as the simplistic "our money going to foreigners" became easy targets for the Daily Mail and were never properly defended by ministers of either party, for whom the EU was a convenient scapegoat which could never really fight back.
  15. I imagine most foot passengers on the Fishguard service who use public transport arrive on the boat train (or one of the other trains) at the perfectly serviceable harbour station. But those disembarking for unknown reasons or otherwise deposited at the town station can avail themselves of the Fishguard circular bus which goes to the harbour for the afternoon arrivals/departures. The idea that the lack of bus connectivity had any bearing on the demise of the Lynx is dubious indeed.