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Pelican stays for 2 more years in Poole

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2 hours ago, Khaines said:

Not sure if this is covered anywhere else on the forum, but saw this in the Echo this morning.  Pelican has been given a further 2 years in Poole.

 

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15414651.Room_for_100_trailers_and_155_metres_long__the_freight_ship_staying_in_Poole_for_two_more_years/

That's good. Show that she must be washing her face, at least, in terms of revenue for BF then.

Probably means Cotentin will not be making and appearance under BF colours for a white too then. So that takes us to the magical 2019... I wonder if they will bin her then, and shuffle things around with the Honfleur coming, BDS on the way out and maybe bring back Cotentin?!

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I guess at the very least this gives them options.  They can keep the route going in the immediate future, and then when 2019 comes round they can take stock of the options in light of post-2016 traffic patterns.  At that point they may choose to recall Cotentin from charter, or transfer Etretat after the entry into service of Honfleur, or retain Pelican, or abandon the Poole route depending on how they perceive demand going forward.

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On 17/07/2017 at 14:48, Gareth said:

I guess at the very least this gives them options.  They can keep the route going in the immediate future, and then when 2019 comes round they can take stock of the options in light of post-2016 traffic patterns.  At that point they may choose to recall Cotentin from charter, or transfer Etretat after the entry into service of Honfleur, or retain Pelican, or abandon the Poole route depending on how they perceive demand going forward.

Also note the newbuild expected from Stena due for delivery in 2020.  She is around 3,000 lane metres so substantially bigger than the roughly 2,000 of the Baie de Seine.

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There is an interview with BF's CEO, Christophe Mathieu, in the current issue of "ShippaxInfo".  He is asked about MN Pelican being at Poole and his reply is that they couldn't get the berthing slots they wanted at Portsmouth.  Additionally the lack of marshalling space at this port was an important consideration.  Hence Poole.  Thus with two new large ferries due in service in the next few years which will be using Portsmouth it will be very interesting to see what longterm deployments BF do make in view of the limitations at this port.  But it seems the Pelican will be around for the next two years at least.

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There is mention elsewhere in these Forums of the Pelican being replaced by a larger vessel but no indication as to when and by what.  One would presume it would be on the expiration of the current charter which is in February 2019 I believe.  This report does rather suggest the Poole-Bilbao trailer service will be continuing after this date but it will be interesting to see what is said on the subject at the PHC Open Meeting in three weeks time.

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The MN Pelican is currently in refit at Astander in Santander.

Her next scheduled sailing is on 15th January from Bilbao to Poole.

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17 hours ago, Andy said:

The MN Pelican is currently in refit at Astander in Santander.

Her next scheduled sailing is on 15th January from Bilbao to Poole.

That explains the large number of unaccompanied freight trailers being loaded onto the delayed CF last night

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