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  1. So Brittany Ferries are going to give people about 2 weeks notice to book a route they are saying is already on sale? I'm no expert but that doesn't sound like a good way of doing business on a route that is supposedly year round! How would people feel if they could only book crossings to Caen during November and December from mid-October?
  2. I'm also thinking Grimaldi are probably in a good position to secure ongoing year round revenue for such a route. Irish exports to Spain are relatively low (Spain isn't even in the top 5 import and export destinations for Ireland) so a link to the UK as well might make sense (thinking of how LD did things when they were running).
  3. Well aware of that. BF aren't taking any bookings for the route next year either though (or this year post November 4th), despite the Irish website saying 2020 bookings are being taken to France and Spain on the front page. KERRY doesn't seem to be appearing anywhere either. Odd not to be taking bookings less than 2 months ahead!
  4. Important to note the link (from the same source that previously said it was stena) was that GNV would charter tonnage to the would be operator, not actually operate the service themselves. In any case, that is turning into a bit of a saga! Seems the would be operator forgot to take account of the fact that one of the ports doesn't have any passenger facilities when they came up with the timeline for launching a passenger service! https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/traffic-and-travel/scotland-to-netherlands-ferries-delayed-until-april-2020-reports-say-1-5002633
  5. Purely a coincidence that there are no Ireland to Spain sailings on the BF Irish website after November 4th, either on the timetable or to book? Cork - Santander on the 4th of November is currently the final trip! Surely they couldn't be pulling the plug after stating pretty recently that they are extending the trial of the route by 6 months and bringing in AF MICHELA (which I've been told is a step down for passengers from the current ship)?!
  6. Exactly that. Brittany Ferries have a different layout on deck 7 as they have foregone the car deck that is there on the other units so they can get more cabins (note the portholes at the stern on GALICIA). On the Stena ships car passengers will be able to walk straight from the car deck and into the public spaces without any stairs or lifts. With regard to the port of registry, she's a Stena RoRo ship until delivered. Though Portsmouth is a bit strange for them (perhaps instead of somewhere like London at BF's request for PR purposes?).
  7. However, as chef says by the time Yeats is level with Rosslare she’s already well out into St George’s channel.
  8. I think from the top of my head it’s around the 3hr mark from Dub to Rosslare though Yeats can put the foot down a bit if they want. Of course Dublin Port is on the doorstep of a huge market as well (not to mention being a lot handier for the 1.6m+ of us north of the border) and gives Irish Ferries a unique selling point. There are improvements on the way with regard to getting to Rosslare too, but surely ICG will have factored that in when they decided to switch to Dublin. Irish Ferries are the guys with the figures in any case so will be in a good position to make a call of whether to move back to Rosslare. Cork to Spain seems to disappear after Nov 4th now. Can’t see any mention of Kerry on the timetable, nor are any bookings being taken from Cork after that date with less than 2 months to go.
  9. It’s been particularly bad over the past few weeks after a fatal accident led to new health and safety procedures meaning traffic was backed up into the tunnel. with regard to Rosslare it would be a big U-turn but the rumour is strong. Though as always we need to account for some wishful thinking too
  10. It does look like Portsmouth - the renders Stena RoRo published Morlaix. Interesting
  11. It WAS pretty blowy up here in Belfast but no idea what it was like that far south. In any case, parts of ship (its been suggested on facebook they could have been fire protection panels) shouldn't be falling on peoples property! Perhaps the different insurance companies will end up fighting this out - i wonder how much it would have cost to put this "right" given the negative PR it has generated - might have been worth it? Interesting description of the Isle of Man Government!
  12. The company have recently said that she could be back during October, but haven't committed to that.
  13. They also got a prototype Ro-Pax with the delays and issues that came with it - there have been suggestions that the original price was a loss maker to get a reference project even before the delivery penalties were applied. I wonder have they finished her inside yet? (I'm not joking - elements of the interior, including some of the cabins, have apparently had to be completed in service). At least the kids area looks a bit more like a kids area rather than a weird sort of seating area these days! HONFLEUR is also quite a different vessel from a technical point of view too. At least the guys at FSG have experience in designing and building LNG vessels even if the refuelling system itself is somewhat a prototype. There have been various rumours about the purchase price of the E-Flexer's but nothing official. You can be pretty sure they were cheap (to Stena) though, they aren't exactly known for paying over the odds! E-Flexer the only option Brittany Ferries looked at either, and the charter price is obviously agreeable. It's a transaction that looks like it will work well for both companies in any case.
  14. The current vessels are hardly streamlined either tbh. What Wonder and Aki do have is a LOT of power - over 50,000 kW from the main engines alone. It remains to be seen of course if they will require tug assistance for what is quite a tight berth to get on to at IJmuiden. Theres also the possibility DFDS could choose to do some technical upgrades as well. "Technical Investments" were mentioned in the press release but this could be anything from maintenance to upgrades. It will be interesting to see what they have planned though. When FINLANDIA (ex Moby Freedom and direct sister to 'Wonder') came up to Eckero it is said she was in quite poor condition technically despite only being 11 years old, but I'm sure DFDS have given both vessels a thorough inspection and factored in any issues in to their plans. Moby have lost two ships capable of 27-28 kts service speed and received vessels of around 20 kts service speed in exchange. They have not yet confirmed what they have planned for the soon to be former DFDS vessels, though the exchange is wisely taking place in the low season for Moby. Perhaps there will be some fleet shuffling. No current plans for replacement. Both have had money spent on them in the recent past and it seems the strategy is to continue with the current tonnage, for now at least. Worth remembering that Crown is younger than BRETAGNE, BARFLEUR, and NORMANDIE and Pearl is only a few years older than the latter two. I'm not sure what the merits of converting the three tiered show lounge area into a restaurant would be? The twin level area at the stern is already a bar so far as I am aware and the vessels already have multiple dining options. Hard to say what they will do as they are quite different ships to the current tonnage - perhaps they could even just rebrand the existing facilities to see how things go for the first year or two (not sure how much use an outside pool will be for a North Sea route in winter mind)! I'm sure we will find out more relatively soon given the vessels are to be delivered at the end of next month.
  15. Its a sale with a temporary charter back so they don't leave the route until the "new" ships are ready for service.
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