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  1. MSC own Grandi Navi Veloci and SNAV. The Moby group includes full ownership Tirrenia and Toremar so the fleet is a very large one. There are only four ships purpose-built in the Moby-branded fleet but the rest of the group is almost entirely purpose-built at Italian taxpayer expense. I can't imagine either of them wanting to enter the W Channel at all. Grimaldi at a push might be interested given their ferry operations cover most of the other key markets in Europe; but their standards are the opposite of BF's so it would need to be a bargain basement operation and, most likely, a financial bloodbath.
  2. Building at unproven yards, thousands of miles away from home, is definitely a risky business, but Stena probably better placed than anyone else to do it - whilst not China, Stena have been building ferries in distant (to Sweden) yards since the Searunners in the 1970s including the current Adventurer and Scandinavica. And the Stena group has had plenty of ships delivered by Chinese yards in recent years - a series of 13 tankers which are being churned out in Guangzhou at regular intervals (the latest was the Stena Impeccable, named a couple of weeks ago). Stena Teknik's website has details of recent projects they have managed for the group, most of which seem to be in the Far East (they have a Chinese site office). A ro-pax is a more technically complicated endeavour than a ro-ro or a tanker so will need careful oversight. But the number of shipyards who have gone bust fulfilling contracts for the Stena group is almost countless - reputedly because they always demand the ship is delivered exactly as specified with no corners cut and the risk in the contract is weighed heavily onto the side of the builders. I'd be more worried if I were the yard than if I were Stena.
  3. There is never any realistic hope or expectation of finding anything in these searches - proper security happens in the background, identifying and monitoring likely suspects and intercepting communications. Apart from airports I don't find searches or the lack of them unacceptable, I find them tedious - they are trying to make people feel "safer" whilst wasting money that could otherwise be spent on more productive antiterrorism work. Why search every person and every car getting onto a ferry in Plymouth but not every train leaving every main station? It's a box-ticking exercise and leads to the imagination, if there isn't thorough searching, that "security" isn't being taken seriously! There is also a degree of back-covering so that their pretence of security might at least maybe make your would-be terrorist head towards a different target. But we live in a free country where the number of potential targets is so vast and the individual threat at any one of them minuscule that the focus should be on properly funding the more rewarding, targetted work. But they should also remind people that the likelihood of being involved in such an incident is tiny, that you can't control everywhere and that if you make it through the day without being searched or questioned it isn't a failure of security, it is an expression of freedom.
  4. Where has this idea that the new ship will have less freight capacity than the Normandie come from? The new vessel is quoted as having "2,600 lane metres (130 freight trailers, or 550 cars and 64 freight trailers)". Every robust source quotes Normandie with 1,720 lane metres whilst MSM has 2,250 and the 84 freight units being quoted for Normandie is her fully-laden freight capacity - i.e. the equivalent of the new ship's 130. The progression of dimensions and layouts of the ships indicate this makes sense - there will be a fall in passenger capacity but not in freight.
  5. She is now in traffic on the Bar route - this is her maiden arrival last week (from barinfo.me) http://barinfo.me/text.php?kategorija=1&id=10387 states that she carried 166 passengers, nine trucks, one bus, two campers and 34 cars on her maiden crossing on the route.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. The results of a mid-crossing lorry fire aboard Moby's Giuseppe Sa - https://vimeo.com/217362336
  11. 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.
  12. Another image from Navi e Armatori - a chunk of the seasonal Moby fleet in Genoa. How many ex-UK ships in one image?
  13. And the Moby Niki is revealed ... From Navi e Armatori
  14. 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 -
  15. 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.