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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. “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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Safe Return to Port. Its there in the hope it never has to be used!
  11. 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)
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Important to note that forthcoming even stricter environmental legislation is probably going to reduce the speed of existing vessels by 2030 anyway. It’s a huge challenge for the shipping industry, and the easiest way of meeting it is to slow down. Scrubbers or no scrubbers!
  15. No worries. I think It might be a bit of an exclusive actually - as I said, I suspect they are working on a version for the public to go in the usual PDF’s. As you probably know, we’ve been doing a lot of work with the E-Flexer’s and their different operators over at niferry. The C-club occupies the same footprint as Stena plus on the Stena versions. It looks big (and is) but the plan is maybe a bit deceptive - if it’s like the Stena version there are toilets in there plus counters, etc.
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