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  1. Can’t comment on crewing numbers as I don’t know them or what they are certified for at each capacity level. Seaway is about the maximum Larne can handle (she even overhangs slightly at Cairnryan IIRC), and afaik that is only on one berth. Stena Lagan/Mersey is the biggest ferry to visit but that was for an IWS in calm weather and not on the berths normally used for ferries. An attempt to bring a Superfast in for an IWS was aborted as it was judged unsafe. They’ve tried to work the problems out for at least the past 19 years and not made a penny on the route. Personally I think
  2. If they want to make it an even longer crossing and lose money York or Bruges might work. They are neither fast or cheap to run! UP TO 125 drivers in individual cabins. The company has been misquoted quite a bit. KERRY only has something like 72 cabins from memory so it’s going to be very difficult to have 125 drivers in individual cabins! VISBY has 119, again that’s not 125 either. It’s all very well having all this additional capacity. Even with a rates war his is still capacity that will need filled, and the operators will still need to be making money. Some pe
  3. Exactly. It’s the same space, just as the C-club is the same as Stena Plus and Plaza Mayor the same as The Sky Bar The pet cabins ARE on deck 7 . Towards the forward end of the cabin block. The plans based on the GA that @jonno shared and ferry shipping summit has also published look to be relatively old and modified from the original E-Flexer plans. Note the “taste” servery for instance. I wouldn’t pay too much attention to the small names in those plans, more I’d use them as a handy reference as to the layout. The passenger information leaflet will be online any day now
  4. Larne - Cairnryan is the only Irish Sea route suitable without reconfiguring the ships. While seaway works as relief (she’s not a perfect fit at the ports), Burgundy wouldn’t necessarily. Windage for instance could be a big issue. The current purpose-built ships have grounded before and they aren’t on the limits the way these larger ships are. It makes sense to retain a pair of ships as crew can simply move between them without retraining, all procedures are the same, etc.
  5. Yup, Shippax (and others) have said that Visentini was one of the options looked at by Stena. I suspect it could have been something not unlike the more recent visentini builds which have very similar capacity to the E-Flexer. In the end it seems it was a case of China or nothing though due to cost and capacity/volume, not to mention getting a truly new product. How many European yards would be able to put out so many ships to differing specifications within the same timeframe? Bespoke is all very well, but from a ship ownership point of view could cost more in the long run when it c
  6. Ramp issues are quite common on new builds and are often just a case of crew getting to know the ship. TTS supplied them - they know what they are doing. There was a bit of an issue with the upper bow door on the maiden voyage of Estrid - that doesn't mean it has happened on every sailing! The cabins are similar in size to any other modern ferry - I cant see how the commodore cabin could be "tiny" given the space they take up, but I guess it depends what you are comparing to. Double beds take up a lot of space mind. Tarted up Ro-Pax? Perhaps they should take a trip on EPSILON between Ire
  7. Putting a lock on a toilet door I would say is a snagging issue and one relatively easily solved by the onboard handyman or equivalent. On a large project such as this it’s easy to miss such details. The allocation of cabins could be another snagging issue too. Stena’s freight driver cabins have four berths I believe, but there should only be two drivers allocated to each in normal circumstances. Queues for restaurants are a common issue and will always be an issue when people want to eat at exactly the same time! With regard to driver cabins, their employers pay for a berth.
  8. “Well appointed bars and entertainment” cost money to run. Galicia carries 85 crew while Cap Finistere carries 107 according to BF. That’s a lot of additional cost given that crewing along with fuel one of the biggest running costs on a ferry! As I commented elsewhere, ferries with “cruise-style” facilities are falling out of favour with operators. Enjoy them while they last. Survival is surely the most important thing at the moment? Galicia should be a much cheaper ship to run - Estrid and Edda have exceeded expectations I believe. I imagine it would cost a lot more to go b
  9. No RoRo schedule for freight yet though, just lolo . Ro-Ro schedule for the other routes though. I’m not sure what benefit there would be to DFDS taking over the Zeebrugge route (would the authorities even allow it?). P&O have been clear they are retaining a freight service of some kind, and some of their big customers are switching to multimodal. Lo-Lo fits in quite well with their integrated transport solutions focus and they’ve invested heavily in rail freight. It would seem silly to hand their customers to a competitor! Yes. P&O contacted me to strongly den
  10. I believe this is geared around a disabled person and a carer travelling. Disabled hotel rooms tend to be the same in my experience, though many holiday inns (in the UK at least) offer a complementary second adjacent room if you ask. Regulations for new ships may also be different than for older tonnage 🤔. On the E-Flexer's the disabled cabins are actually two single beds (not bunks but standalone beds) - much harder to bump your head transferring between wheelchair and berth! The older Visentini's had 4-berth disabled cabins but from what I understand much of the time only two berths
  11. This was updated this morning with some higher resolution deck plans following feedback. I have also added vehicle decks 5 and the mezzanine deck 6 for completeness. EDIT: BF has confirmed these are the plans displayed on the ship. A different version in the corporate style will be produced for leaflets, etc. @jonno im hoping to have the Stena Embla page later this week. Thank you for your kind words. For those commenting on the facilities, this is a 1000 passenger 3000 lane metre ship. Like most modern ferries the focus is shifting more and more towards freigh
  12. Safe Return to Port. Its there in the hope it never has to be used!
  13. Limited outside space? Two promenade decks, three balcony style decks aft, and a large sun deck. By modern day standards that’s loads for 1000 passengers! It’s a helipad and there are reasons why full length sun decks aren’t practical. There’s a lot of equipment up there on a modern ferry (and a backup bridge too in this case)
  14. There’s some info here https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/10/15/ships-get-free-pass-emissions-2030-compromise-proposal/ There have been suggestions that some ferries could meet their demise prematurely as a result - it just won’t be worthwhile to retrofit versus ordering new given the limited time for payback.
  15. All ships will be subject to the new limits, not just ferries. Afaik we are still at the proposals stage, but the EU and others are keen
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