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  1. One can't deny the popularity of the St Malo route for motorists, especially overnight, but I can't imagine this is a growing market. My money is on PA doing St Malo after Brextagne, with it having the option of providing cover for the Spanish routes (and a smaller ship backfilling St Malo) - this would make business sense. If PA is too valuable and doesn't get more mileage out of Cork then if a cost effective swap with more suitable tonnage ever materialises then that shouldn't be ruled out. It's a shame that there's no workable combinations with Plymouth, Poole, Roscoff (or even CI in the future) that I can see.
  2. The business case for Armorique would have included the winter cover. Unfortunately the St Malo route is its own worst enemy. On a Friday night in Summer it needs zillions of cabins but not out of season or on the way back; and the length of the route it can only fit in 2 crossings, whereas Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg and Roscoff can fit in 3 per day. So St Malo loses 1/3 of comparable maximum revenue before a single booking is taken. However, stop the route and it opens up the risk of competition.
  3. I can't see a brand new ship on the St Malo route. Has this ever happened before? It's quite clear what BF's strategy is: invest in the profitable Caen and Spain routes with new ships; and do the best it can on the other routes, operating with sufficient frequency to keep competitors out. Therefore secondhand or hand-me-down tonnage is the inevitable outcome. I can't see a new ship on the St Malo route ever stacking up in a business case. With all of the above, PA might be the 'least worst' option post-Brextagne.
  4. Hi - sorry, but I can't see much logic in your thinking. Longer crossings need year round business and that means freight. Whilst Avomnouth has good volume, north west Spain isn't a good location for imports and exports. There's simply not the population in the west to justify it. The South East (where population is densest) to Pembrokeshire v Portsmouth (or Gatwick) doesn't stack up. From almost anywhere in England, getting to West Wales e.g. for a ferry to Ireland is hard to justify - take a look a flights to Dublin and Cork, along with car hire. More to the point, I've just come back from a holiday in Bilbao and Santiago de C. I have to admit I didn't see many UK cars except for around Bilbao and Santander. Before and after the trip, I was staying in Portsmouth. But at £1200 for a return for 4 people with cabins both ways, I flew BA from Gatwick to Bilbao, hired a car one-way rental and flew back from Santiago, all for less than £1000, in August, with 2 days more in Spain. Much as I like BF and ferry travel, if there's no benefit then I won't do it.
  5. Quite a nostalgic piece of footage. No Gunwharf, harrier jump jet, Morris Ital estate and even a Bedford Chevanne.
  6. I presume they use champagne on the starboard side and port on the other? But, going back to the question, looking at the video, I guess there's some release mechanism at the top of the slipway or something similar, then it's grease and gravity?
  7. What's the process to switch from a ship sitting on the blocks to sliding down the slipway? Is it given a pull (or push) to get it moving? Or a nautical equivalent of releasing the handbrake?
  8. What time is the launch (UK time) on Friday? Is there an outside webcam?
  9. Do I assume that she will launch bow first i.e. towards the camera?
  10. just a reminder that we can all take a live look ourselves via this link: CLICK HERE
  11. How do they get her in and out?
  12. The St Malo route is heavily biased to the summer and cabins rather than lane metres. So Bretagne is perfect for the route but for her age - this can be mitigated by laying her up for longer each year and eventually becoming a summer only ship. Putting the PA on that route is a waste of lane metres and I suspect that the route isn't profitable enough to put a brand new ship on. So I suspect that they will keep Bretagne on there as long as possible, knowing that her days are numbered; and that the PA might well be the best option as she too gets older.
  13. BF routes can broadly be divided into 2: Those they operate with the intention of making a profit: Portsmouth to Caen: Honfleur and MSM (10 sailings a week each way per ship) Portsmouth(/maybe Plymouth) to Bilbao/Santander: 2x eFlexer (3 sailings a week each way per ship like CF) Routes they operate to prevent other operators getting a foothold: 1 ship per route - details tbc With 3 ships arriving and BDS and Pelican going, it could be that Etretat and Connemara leave too, with 1 less ship but more lane metres overall
  14. PA (or CF) could be Cork based, depending on how the Connemara builds traffic
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