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  1. Fire in engine room- Wightlink

    Wightlink are hoping to get things going at 1500 today. Wight Sun is on its way over from Portsmouth as we speak.
  2. Fire in engine room- Wightlink

    Looks like it's being prepped for a tow somewhere.
  3. Looks like there's a few boats waiting to get into PIP, currently sat in the Solent... http://www.islandecho.co.uk/news/unexploded-wwii-bomb-found-pompey-harbour
  4. Wight Ryder II

    The yard that made the catamarans is no longer in business and there's probably a queue for the lift at Trafalgar Wharf. Suspect it may be a while until it's back.
  5. Wight Ryder II

    Has it blown another engine? It's been oos for a week or so now.
  6. Ex Fastcat Ryde & Shanklin

    There can't be long left on their life span. Those MTU's were notoriously awful too. Similar vintage catamarans are being sent to the beaches. Not in the same league, but HSS Discovery is currently on the beach at Aliaga in Turkey for recycling.
  7. Ex Fastcat Ryde & Shanklin

    Just found this on the internet regarding the old Fastcat Ryde and Shanklin. They were used during th Sochi Olympics and then for a while in early 2014 on a service between Russia and Crimea. Th article is old so may be irrelevant but one would imagine they are both probably nearing the end of their lives being aluminium. http://www.rosmorport.com/news.html?id=3056
  8. Problems with the WL cats

    Re: Problems with the WL cats According to Wightlink today, WRII is going to be out of service for a few weeks - something to do with the injector(s)
  9. Problems with the WL cats

    It seems Wightlink have been having mysterious "mechanical issues" with WRII all week. Not another bust engine is it? Tonight they've also lost WR1 to a generator fault. Not a good night to be a passenger at Ryde or Portsmouth Harbour.
  10. Transeuropa Ferries: In trouble?

    Re: Transeuropa Ferries in trouble? A source of mine who is a captain on the Thames informs me that the Ostend Spirit has been sold by P&O to DFDS.
  11. Wight Ryder II Today

    Noted doing some sort of tests in the Solent today after spending a couple of weeks on the ship lift at Trafalgar. When I got in I checked AIS and saw that she was hitting 27.5 knots at one point. Have these been re-engined yet? I only ask, because I wasn't aware that the "little" Caterpillar 3196's in the Ryders would be able to push a vessel of their size through water that fast. Their usual service speed is around 20 knots isn't it? I often use Thames Clippers, and their Hurricane Clipper with the much larger Cat 3412E (x2) at 1000bhp each only manages to push her along at a shade over 30 Knots with a good tide.