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  1. The BBC has confirmed HMS Queen Elizabeth has indeed got a leak. She was off Plymouth a few days ago, practising flying her helicopters into, and out from, the Citadel.
  2. I'm beginning to think there may have been an error in the BBC report where it stated: "Brittany Ferries told the BBC it was contracted to add 19 weekly return sailings to three of its routes: Roscoff to Plymouth, Cherbourg to Poole and Le Havre to Portsmouth - a 50% increase on its current schedule." BF has now increased its services by 50% as promised on each of the three routes - but only nine additional return crossings are needed to meet the 50% target. Other media, eg Sky news and a number of newspapers, also quote 19 return sailings. Neither the number of sailings nor the 50% increase are mentioned in the statement made by Chris Grayling on 7 January. But the BF press release on 28 December starts with "Nineteen weekly return-sailings...." But if BF is to provide a further 10 return-crossings, how might BF do so? All rather curious.
  3. The change to the Barfleur's schedule adds just three of the 19 additional return sailings. Presumably the plan is for the Armorique to be re-scheduled to add three further return crossings to/from Plymouth and the Pont could fit in a return trip on a Friday rather than sitting in Roscoff all day. That is seven additional return crossings. For Le Havre. Etretat could move to three sailings a day, and the BD could add a crossing on a Friday rather than being in Le Have all day. But that still leaves BF well short of 19 return crossings??
  4. I should have read the original press release more carefully -- it says the charter of Connemara is for two years.
  5. Any news on what is planned from November? Both the passenger and freight sites are silent and Connemara simply disappears from the schedules in November, with the Cork to Roscoff route closing as usual for the winter.
  6. PeterR

    BF Refits 2017-18

    Another possible first -- Bretagne and CF both in Plymouth last Friday.
  7. Not necessarily. The Cap manages three round trips each week from Portsmouth, and as the Pont has the same voyage time from Portsmouth to Santander as the Cap, it is fair to assume the Pont could do three round trips too. As I said earlier, it'll be a commercial decision for BF whether retaining BDS is the best option..
  8. BDS may be better than Etretat, but that's not my point. In effect, BF has a choice between boats that can make two or three return trips to Spain each week. BDS may well be excellent, but it can only do two round trips. So, and especially if demand continues to increase, then might a boat that could do three round trips make more commercial sense?
  9. But is BDS the answer to capacity on the Spanish routes? Normandie will be able to provide a daily Le Havre service alone from 2019, with increased capacity too. Whilst the Cap and the Pont Aven can provide three return sailings to Spain each week, BDS can only manage two. So unless Normandie is to be down graded to the Economie brand, might it not make more commercial sense to replace BDS with a boat able to make three return crossings?
  10. I was on Barfleur on Monday, and there were some offers on some perfumes etc.
  11. A day trip has been for up to 29 hours on shore for as long as I can remember, so I don't understand '...only 29 HOURS on shore'? The Pont-Aven has an 09.15 crossing on a Sunday until the first week in November, so a Friday night crossing from Plymouth and a Sunday morning return is still possible, surely?
  12. To answer steveg9's original post, I have noted Armorique is always the 'wrong way around' on a Friday morning. I assume this is in someway connected to the fact that Armorique spends Thursday night alongside in Plymouth. For those unfamiliar with Armorique in Plymouth, she normally docks bow first but on a Thursday evening turns around before docking.
  13. Agreed, G4rth. But presumably in reviewing Pelican's operations, BF would wish to consider more than just the almost exclusively unaccompanied freight service option? I had thought I'd read Pelican was chartered for one year, at least in the first instance, or am I incorrect?
  14. It is actually more than a day trip: it's up to 29 hours ashore. In the summer, an overnight crossing, a night's stay in France and return to the UK the next lunchtime NEX is quite possible -- I have done so more than once. On the subject of overnight crossings / more than one crossing a day, I'm always a tad surprised BF doesn't fit in one more crossing for the six weeks or so of the summer school holidays. I agree entirely with crechbleiz a 23.45 crossing is too late (I took it once -- never again!) but, say, an earlier return from Cherbourg on Friday afternoon, an overnight back at, say 22.30, morning northbound and afternoon southbound day crossings on the Saturday, would allow, say, a 23.00 Saturday overnight crossing back from Cherbourg. Maybe a later morning crossing on a Sunday. Okay, the Saturday crossings are not ideal but from my own observations, there seems to be no problem with filling a morning crossing northbound and an afternoon crossing southbound on Plymouth - Roscoff in the summer months.
  15. Pelican maybe "still plodding on relentlessly", but there's still no timetable on the freight site for after mid-November. Presumably BF is plodding on with reviewing the service's viability currently?
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