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    Northlink anyone used them?

    Yes, I used to run them, well was Ops Director. Both Hjaltland and Hrossey are modern bright, fast and efficient Ro/Ro's Each has a separate bar, restaurant and it even has a cinema. Cabins are a mixture of 2 berth and 4 berth, inside and out, the more expensive with TV's. Cabins are popular, I don't consider pricing too high especially when you consider the length of the voyage to Shetland and you don't have to vacate on arrival or at least you didn't when I was there. They also have sleeping pods, a bit like lie-flat business class seats on planes. Food is all sourced locally, Aberdeen/Orkney/ Shetland. Service is either direct between Aberdeen and Shetland or via Kirkwall (odd and even days). Hope you enjoy
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    P&O Considering Shetland - Scandinavia Route?

    The tender for the Northern Isles will not happen before 2019, after Brexit and if the unions and the Scotish Gov. can avoid tendering, I feel sure they will. I think personally Serco will remain the operator for the foreseeable future, unless they decide they don't want it
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    CI Inter-Island Service

    I understand they are not looking at a third vessel. If you look at some of the news reports, the States of Jersey and Guernsey are now saying that they don't meet the requirements of the tender. So I assume that on some days there will not be two return crossings per day.
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    CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    Not sure that is correct, Liberation is operating extra sailings to cover the UK and St Malo
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    CI Inter-Island Service

    It is reported that Manche Illes have won the tender
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    Stena purchase 'Hammerodd'

    Sorry but I think you will find that Express is 6 m longer than Rapide
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    CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    No Alderney States (Government) mentioned the St Helena without any advice. It is too deep for Alderney and limited in its versatility.
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    Stena purchase 'Hammerodd'

    I don't think the travelling public will have a say, Rapide is the older of the two
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    Stena purchase 'Hammerodd'

    I don't think Condor would go back to 3 fast craft, I was thinking, more Liberation to the Southern route and the ex P&O Express to the Northern one
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    Stena purchase 'Hammerodd'

    Condor are not interested in her. Cost of removing the extra deck and the duck tails too much I understand. Shame, they need to do something, either this or the Express. And still no news on the inter-island tender.
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    CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    For what it is worth, my guess is that Condor will announce the order of a new build Ro/Pax to replace Goodwill and in the meantime charter a second High Speed for the UK/CI routes until the replacement is ready, then review their options.
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    CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    Absolutely no way would Condor move Clipper or any other Ro/pax service to Poole. It was Portsmouth that destroyed BCIF and they would always fear that if they did move, that would leave Portsmouth open to a competitor
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    CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    Why do you think that Khaines is a shareholder. I too think Liberation has had a rough deal and I am not a shareholder, but at least i have tried her. She is perfectly fine for the Channel Islands. Where things have gone wrong is that Condor promised too much and the consequence is that people trust in her. I have been involved in HSC since the start and back at the start of the 90's, Incats were always breaking down or running on 3 engines or less. I still believe that HSC like Liberation are only suitable for 9 months of the year and they need the proper back up. I still want to see two ro/pax vessels on the route and a summer only fast craft and if it is States owned so much the better
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    CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    Why do you think that Khaines is a shareholder. I too think Liberation has had a rough deal and I am not a shareholder, but at least i have tried her. She is perfectly fine for the Channel Islands. Where things have gone wrong is that Condor promised too much and the consequence is that people trust in her. I have been involved in HSC since the start and back at the start of the 90's, Incats were always breaking down or running on 3 engines or less. I still believe that HSC like Liberation are only suitable for 9 months of the year and they need the proper back up. I still want to see two ro/pax vessels on the route and a summer only fast craft and if it is States owned so much the better
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    CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    I think anyone who does not live on the islands fails to fully understand the concerns. Recently we had the franchising of the Blue Islands airline under the Flybe brand, which means there is only one airline that does inter island flying. Blue Islands has an ageing fleet which has meant lots of cancellations recently and on some days no capacity at all. With the reduction of Condor services, there is effectively no back up to the airlines. There is so much inter islands travel, not only for business but for leisure and sporting groups (it is far cheaper to arrange matches against inter island teams than against those in the UK). I know that because of the situation there is interest in starting a Jersey Guernsey passenger only ferry service, but it will be 2017 before it will happen
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