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  1. I believe suction dredgers are also what was used in the past at Ramsgate too. But then they did previously own their own as well! Obviously it needed done frequently enough to justify owning a dredger in the first place. I read somewhere Van Ord are getting paid £14,000 a day
  2. Also worth remembering that the practice of staying in a lorry cab (or any vehicle) while at sea is illegal. With regard to the incident itself its probably best to wait until the investigation is complete rather than speculating on whether cargo was adequately lashed for the conditions, but the North Channel can be quite rough at the best of times - especially on the Scottish side. Some of the furniture onboard was damaged as well so this was more than just a choppy crossing. There have been some accounts describing the vessel taking a "dip" which sounds a lot like what sometimes happens near the entrance to Loch Ryan itself near Corsewall Point, even in very calm weather. The main thing is everybody is OK.
  3. It is indeed one of the Van Ord fleet. A bubble dredger. My rudimentary understanding of the process is it blows bubbles into the sediment and the outgoing tide carries it away. Somewhere. Theres no real control over where the sediment ends up like with a suction dredger. What could possibly go wrong.... Even I'm taking this with a huge pinch of salt, and I wrote that article! I just can't see the MCA giving the OK to a 39 year old vessel with very questionable mechanicals!
  4. Oscar has at least a few more visits to France to do - at present she looks to be doing Dublin - Cherbourg when Epsilon returns from drydock at Brest to run alongside Yeats on the Holyhead run. Once Ulysses gets back Yeats goes onto Epsilon’s Holyhead roster and she goes full time to France (until mid-March). Oscar will then cover Inishmore at Pembroke. After that, who knows? The med? Epsilon is very tight at Milford I believe and doesn’t seem to have been judged a success in the past. It’s likely she will go back to her owners though once the second newbuild arrives so who knows what they’ll do for dd cover? Space charter on Stena perhaps?
  5. There were similar stories in Poland that were later proved. I'm sure working conditions in Gdansk were better than Pjongyang though!
  6. The BF version of the "crest" Stena use? 🤣
  7. Obviously nobody told Knud E Hansen or P&O this - European Causeway, Stena Nordica, and European Ambassador all have bow visors and where built specifically for Northern European service from 2000 onwards, sometime after the Estonia disaster. Highlander would have entered service around the time of that quote? I can't think of any other more recent examples though - could they have been the last major European ferries with visors? Had the Herald of Free Enterprise been equipped with a visor rather than a clamshell arrangement however, she probably wouldn't have sailed with her bow doors open (or at least the lack of any indication couldn't have been used as an excuse) as it would have been very obvious to anyone looking out any bow window that the door was open!!! My understanding is that most visors are only "weather proof" anyway, with the door behind forming the proper watertight seal. In the case of the Estonia my understanding is that the particular arrangement she had in the bow meant that when the visor got ripped off it took out the ramp which formed the watertight seal with it! Faults with visors can also work the other way mind, with Stena Felicity springing to mind as an example of a vessel were they couldn't get the visor lifted as it had locked solid in place on one particular occasion!
  8. I can think of another company who allowed an additional month safety margin for their FSG new build. Lets hope we don't see a repeat (W.B. Y was originally to be delivered in May with the first bookings taken for July!)
  9. FSG have subcontracted project management to Kongsberg, as they did with W.B. There are two more ro-ro's to come before the second Irish Ferries new build btw. Yard numbers 780/781 which are to be completed before the end of 2019.
  10. AVIC have been using modular construction, and the hull in particular has been built very similarly to the process being used at FSG were small sections are fabricated (often including pipework and such) then brought together. For the total vessel there are around 200 sections (from the top of my head). The main difference at FSG is the superstructure blocks are much larger - dictated by the fact they are not only constructed but also fitted out off-site in Poland. A similar process to what has happened in Weihai will have taken place in Gdansk, albeit off the hull. The process FSG use is dictated by the lack of space at the yard and in particular on the covered slipway - not an issue for Avic! Of course this has its potential pitfalls as well and in the case of Yeats the project took place at FOUR different sites if we include the fact that the steel was cut at a fourth yard! Interestingly Visentini also have space problems and so build their hulls in two halves, both launched separately!!! Avic certainly aren't building the E-Flexers plate by plate from the keel up as would have been the case in days gone by vessels (or from wood as in the case of the Marie Rose and which is a totally different process - you can't weld wood 🙄)! Bamboo scaffolding is par for the course in South East Asia and can actually be stronger than western equivalents! It's also a heck of a lot more sustainable with bamboo essentially being a (grass) weed. Shameless plug time. Some additional pictures added here https://www.niferry.co.uk/stena-e-flexer-number-1-so-far/ I don't think it's been posted here yet, but Frédéric Pouget (and others) were at Avic Weihai during September for the project kick-off (in the form of a 2 day conference/workshop) for the dual-fuelled example. FSG and their sub-contractors don't necessarily use "local" labour either ;). Polish shipbuilders and engineering concerns in particular can have some very creative recruitment processes which can mean labour coming from thousands of miles away. Avic have had to adopt "modern" practices - you can't really build modern LNG ferries to current and future requirements without doing so (ask Ferguson Marine). FSG have admitted to having issues building to the Safe Return to Port regulations (W.B YEATS is the first vessel they have had to do so for), so it will be interesting to see if Avic struggle similarly - mind you they have a much more realistic build time in which to iron out any problems!
  11. They are becoming more common, especially with vessels approaching and over the 200m mark. The Superfast VII class have them as well of course but that doesn’t mean they didn’t need a third bow thruster added for short sea! Not sure Stena use the stern thruster very often on the North Channel though
  12. Understandably Mike hasn’t added them yet - number one is definitely W0263 though. I did have yard numbers on NI Ferry Site, but as they are going to be out of sync I have removed them until I can map every vessel to a number. I have a theory about the numbering but that’s all it is at present. NEW GRAND PEACE has been handed over to her owners so now Weihai is concentrating solely on E-Flexer construction.
  13. Still a long way to go though. Slightly related but ownership of the AVIC Ship organisation that owns the Weihai (and Dingheng) yard looks like it is going to transfer to another state owned company China Merchants Heavy Industry to form the 4th largest state owned shipbuilding group in China. CMHI already own yards in Shenzhen, Jiangsu, and Jinling (Changhang group). Deltamarin will also move across as well as it’s part of AVIC ship too
  14. There’s a few more been added since then. I’m adding them to the main page as I get them ;). https://www.niferry.co.uk/stena-e-flexer-new-stena-ropax-ferries/ Progress has been quite rapid since they got going proper, with all the blocks for number 1 in place by the end of September! It’s getting a little tricky to track things now as the hull numbers in true shipyard tradition are not in sequence 🙄 I believe BF’s second example (the LNG one) is yard number W0269.
  15. The visit to Fayard was for scrubber installation apparently Dont see it mentioned here but W.B YEATS is on sea trials. She is also the subject of a sabotage investigation as it seems someone closed a valve on the engine cooling system on the 17th resulting in an engine overheating and needing repairs! Hence the delayed sea trials https://www.niferry.co.uk/irish-ferries-w-b-yeats-sabotage-sea-trials/ I see Honfleur has got Wartsila engines
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