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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Jack85, it may be that you choose the Normandie specifically because you like the vessel or more likely that she is running on the crossing at the time you need to travel. I believe there is a logic to which vessel does which crossing ex-Portsmouth due to their relative cabin/passenger ratios and that then affects your trip back from France. Gareth will probably be able to set me straight on that. Ed.
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    Condor Rapide in Cherbourg

    Water jet maintenance. Liberation is replacing her until Friday with an amended timetable. I was on her yesterday and she seemed to be running fine but about 10 minutes late on each leg. It's been planned since April: https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://guernseypress.com/news/2018/04/21/condor-revises-june-sailings-due-to-rapide-repair-work/&ved=2ahUKEwj79OLpi97bAhWE6xQKHdyTA2g4ChAWMAl6BAgHEAE&usg=AOvVaw1nvxQOV6UgaYuEO-vIzyFo Ed
  3. I'd guess the freighter will need significantly less work doing once out of the build hall so that might not be a problem. However, there is always the possibility that the current delay will have a knock on effect on subsequent deliveries. Ed.
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    Condor future

    Here's the latest on their future : https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2018/06/15/new-owner-on-horizon-for-condor/ Ed.
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    Immigrants at Ouistreham

    I'm in St Malo this morning, just waiting on Condor Rapide to leave for Jersey, and there are no indications of any migrants around the port, nor of any increased police or gendarme presence. They were opening any car where the boot was not visible through the side windows but otherwise it was business as usual. Ed
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    Fuel Crisis in France?

    I've seen no indication of problems here in the Loire valley. However I'd say it still makes sense to come over with a full tank (as fuel is currently expensive here in France) and fill up when you can, particularly if on holiday in a popular area and not planning on using your car for several days. Don't forget that motorway service stations generally get priority when it comes to deliveries of fuel if there is a crisis (as it's illegal to run out on a motorway) so even if its more expensive and you are limited to perhaps 20 litres you afford be able to get fuel. Ed.
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    SNCF Strike Programme 2018

    The SNCF strike which was due to run until the end of June may now be extended into July. Discussions are ongoing as the various unions are unable to agree on the best course of action. Ed.
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    BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    It'll make an interesting new game for the school summer fete: guess the number of Fiat 500s on a Grimaldi ship! 😀 Ed.
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    BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    Maybe not. There is no passenger capacity indicated so they may only be car transporters. Ed.
  10. 1. Which makes sense due to the crew-swapping system. 2. & 3. I've seen them applying grease to the davits on Bretagne in the past, possibly in preparation for a test-launch during her 2-hour early evening wait in Portsmouth. 4. Where did question 4 go? 😀 5. The small rescue boat is also used on NEX and other INCATs to pull the first inflatable rafts away from the sides of the vessel to allow the second set to deploy. Ed
  11. STX in St Nazaire have today announced 3 new orders for cruise ships, taking their order-book through to 2026 I believe. Here's one article in French giving the details : https://saint-nazaire.maville.com/actu/actudet_-saint-nazaire.-stx-bruno-le-maire-confirme-trois-nouvelles-commandes_loc-3468241_actu.Htm Ed
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    Should I be worried?

    It may be the work of the same person whose job it is to update the French version of the sailings page. There is nothing to worry about. Breton calendars are still based on the old druid system and they only turn the page when they see a ray of sunlight, so slightly less frequently than the rest of us. Ed.
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    BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    It certainly looks interesting. I was wondering if it's the furthest inland site given as a name for a BF ship seeing as most of them are coastal cities or regions. Ed
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Didn't they put some sort of Portacabins on the car deck for the crew? I have a recollection of reading about that. Ed
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    There is this information at the end of the article which explains the reason: *As Victoria of Wight has specifically been designed to operate to and from the Isle of Wight and no crew are required to sleep onboard she will be towed to Portsmouth instead of making the journey using her own power as the ship has no cabins or facilities to allow crew to live onboard. Ed.