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  1. I was in Sardinia a year or so back and the St Helen was using her 1 remaining deck on certain trips but not often. The ones on the St Catherine were undergoing maintenance and were being raised/lowered by the contractors as required. I did ask one of the crew if they were used much, and his reply was "not often, but yes if we need to"
  2. Is she having problems? She has been pretty good today despite the winds and using all three decks since mid morning but has lost over an hour in the last 3 hours and is heading over to the island at just under 9 knots
  3. They have used it since the new linkspans were installed, mainly on the night runs when there are insufficient staff to operate on both levels. Now with the VOW doing the night run, it seems they have put extra staff on. It does take a lot longer to turn round though if they use the ramp. . Further delays today, with Clare running 45 minutes late at one point. Not sure why though, possibly the linkspan or the mezz decks (again!!)
  4. VOW ended up over an hour late by the early evening on Friday due to low tide and heavy traffic, with the 1900 sailing leaving at around ten past 8. Problems with the mezz deck on the Clare didn't help either with protracted turn round times while they tried to get it to lock into position, each time having to lower it and remove a couple of cars before it was safe to load underneath. Incidentally I notice the Faith isn't using her deck at all - is this because of a breakdown or because of restricted numbers? They could certainly have done with it on Friday as the traffic was right back by the
  5. It didn't want to lower when she arrived at 19.45, but after two or three attempts they managed to lower it. There's been 20 minutes of examination and head scratching and they're just loading up now. Seems to have gone up ok
  6. Nice to see all three ships back in service today. But the Clare has just tried pulling out of Gunwharf before the prow was raised. Result - a loud bang aa the prow crashed off the end of the linkspan and both support chains breaking. The ship sailed once the prow was secured with both chains hanging loose at the stern. I'm not sure the crew realised they had snapped tbh. Not sure if this means she will have to come off service for repair - perhaps overnight
  7. I happened to see her on Saturday - she docked at 1500, and was unloaded by 1505 or a minute or so after. Despite being late, she then waited till a quarter past three to start loading again, and sailed at 1534, by which time the Clare was waiting off the hulk. In fact I think the VOW was delayed for a couple of minutes while the Clare entered the harbour. So it might be more to do with the protracted turn-round times rather than anything technical,
  8. Lymington - Yarmouth back from July 17th, initially with 1 ship on a 2-hourly frequency. Apparently the engine issues have been fixed as well so they can operate in all wind strengths
  9. 2nd ship on now from Portsmouth sailing at 0600, 0800 and 1000 Mon-Fri, presumably to carry the increased traffic as people go back to work, then back to 2-hourly. Weekends still 2-hourly at the moment
  10. Do we know why the VOW is out?
  11. St Faith showing as on the linkspan now. Possibly a return to service in the not too distant future perhaps?
  12. And a 2-hourly service Portsmouth-Fishbourne from next Tuesday as well
  13. Wightlink have announced the total suspension for the Lymington service as of close of play on March 31st "for the foreseeable future. Red Funnel will accept any Wightlink tickets. I also read that Red Funnel and Wightlink can now confer among themselves to ensure that the island still gets a service. Possibly there will be a time where we only get 1 operator on a shift routine - ie RF Mon-Weds and the WL for the rest of the week. Who knows??
  14. Hourly service now every day until further notice, 2 hourly from Lymington, seven days a week
  15. i assume it was the upper ramp as that actually rests on the ship so it cannot pull away until it has lifted clear. If it were the lower one, she would have been able to pull out once the upper clear one was clear. Just a guess though
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