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  1. Ouistreham Port Development

    No - but I believe there is some confusion in the article with PNA who are involved with both Cherbourg and Caen.
  2. The Fortuny didn't really get particularly positive reviews either (and was once detained by the MCA). Didn't Transfennica also try a freight only service that disappeared with relative speed?
  3. CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    ... and to think there's a recently serviced fastcraft in Normandie with not much to do...
  4. Bretagne Bow Door Fault

    I see the logic, but at a couple of metres from the linkspan/on approach to it there will be enough going on in terms of bringing the vessel to a safe halt. It may also be that a specific fault couldn't be detected by a system test but would affect actual usage (say, for example, hydraulic pressure looks ok until the piston is used and leaks fluid everywhere). In executing the turnaround you then need to ensure everyone involved both on and offboard knows what is going on, and agrees to the plan. I think on this one we do have to defer to the fact that those involved a) know more than us and b) have their reasons for taking actions as they did.
  5. Bretagne Bow Door Fault

    The decision was made much quicker than that, the challenge was closing the aforementioned faulty door (with hydraulic fault) to ensure the ship was safe to turn around. A watertight door on a 24,500 ton vessel is a bit more complex than a car boot.
  6. DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    (or you can skip the game... https://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/ferry-offers-and-deals/capital-conga-offers)
  7. Condor Ferries - Commodore Clipper Dry Dock Update

    You can find that here Chris > http://www.condorferries.co.uk/documents/Clipper_Full_Menu_A4_C-MEN-001_WEB.pdf Also available is the Liberation menu, a little more variety than Normandie Express > http://www.condorferries.co.uk/documents/Liberation_Bistro_Casquets_Menu_Island_Bar_L-MEN-001_WEB.pdf
  8. Indeed - and there are no need for such comments in a sensible discussion! Let's all play nicely...
  9. Five hours if you ended up on the Eurovoyager on a bad day! We did a day trip once, out on EV... the return should have been on Olander but they swapped it to EV, so we ended up with around 12 hours onboard. There's a report somewhere on BFE - it was a slightly surreal experience all in all, which ended with Customs taking the car apart seemingly out of boredom.
  10. From what I have read elsewhere, the service will start on March 1, 2018 as freight only, with the potential for passengers to be carried in peak season. Those behind the service seem to be credible individuals, so fingers crossed they can overcome the remaining hurdles needed to start operation. https://theisleofthanetnews.com/ostend-mayor-announces-plan-for-ramsgate-ferry-operation/
  11. Eating in Ouistreham

    Seconded - and if you dine there, a round of mini-golf is free
  12. Condor Ferries - Commodore Clipper Dry Dock Update

    Just general ones, there aren't many interior shots about!
  13. Condor Ferries - Commodore Clipper Dry Dock Update

    Thanks for sharing! I don't suppose you have any photos of CC's interior?
  14. Pont Aven

    A totally incorrect assumption I'm afraid. You'll find a range of senior people manning Twitter, from the press office right to the top. It's no coincidence that the initials of one of the tweeters are the same as the Commercial Director. You also don't need to send a message on Twitter to get sailing updates, they get published for all to see. You don't need to be a member to see those. It's a quick and easy way for BF to get updates out at all times of day.