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  1. For me here are some more takeaways from the report. 1) 12 people injured, 10 passengers, 2 crew. 2) 59 cars, vans, caravans were on board. And 59 cars, vans, and caravans were damaged. In other words, every single car was damaged. Plus the majority of the freight units. 3) "During turn three in Barnstaple Bay, the vessel heeled from port to approximately 33° to starboard through amplitude of approximately 45° in 12 seconds. It was at the end of this roll, whilst heeled to approximately 33°, that the cargo shift occurred". In my opinion, this was nearly a far worse tragedy in that it appears that Epsilon wasn't far off capsizing.
  2. "The senior Master stated that he has never been put under any pressure by The Company to prosecute a sailing." Personally, I have difficulty believing the above statement, (which is contained in the MCIB's report) for the following reasons: 1) Nine hours before the scheduled departure from Cherbourg the night-time duty master was of the view that conditions were not suitable for sailing. 2) References in the report to the stale "Nowcasting" weather forecasts. ( I would be looking at multiple weather forecasts when faced with a storm). It's nearly as if the Senior Master is saying, "oh, the weather forecast was out of date, that's a shame". 3) The decision to leave Cherbourg in the first place. 4) The decision to round Land's End instead of seeking shelter along the south coast of Devon and/or Cornwall. My belief is that the Senior Master was determined to get Epsilon to Dublin on schedule and the most obvious reason for such determination would be pressure from company management.
  3. Hmmm, Arlene Foster doesn't have a seat in Parliament because she didn't run in the Westminster election. She is supposed to be First Minister of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland assembly, which hasn't sat since January 2017. The real organ grinder is Nigel Dodds who is the DUP's leader in the House of Commons. It's some irony. The DUP is hopping mad because Northern Ireland is being treated differently to the rest of the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the SNP (Nicola Sturgeon) is hopping mad because Northern Ireland is getting a better deal than Scotland. You couldn't make it up.
  4. 1st choice: C 2nd choice: A 3rd choice: B
  5. Published 21 October by afloat.ie, posted here in case it's of interest https://afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/item/40902-chartered-connemara-contributes-to-boost-in-brittany-ferries-best-performing-route #FerryNews- Cork-Roscoff route was the strongest performing Brittany Ferries service of the French company's network, linking the UK, France and Spain, however concerns over Brexit loom on the horizon, writes Jehan Ashmore. Figures released by Brittany Ferries for passenger and freight figures covering quarter-three period (July-Sept) 2018 show an encouragoing season. During the 3-month period, passengers figures on the Ireland-France route for 2017 was 44,744 and this compared to this year with 48,700 (an increase of 9 per cent). The rise in passengers is reflected through the introduction in May of additional capacity following the debut of the chartered-ropax, Connemara on the Ireland-France route but also on the new first ever direct Ireland-Spain link between Cork and Santander. On the UK, Spain and Ireland routes, there were 127,434 passengers in 2017 and for this season the figure reached 142,108 a rise of 12% on these long-haul routes, again due to the contribution of Connemara. Overall passenger numbers on Brittany Ferries routes over the summer season were also up 2pc to 1,078,507 compared to the same period last year. In terms of freight figures, Brittany Ferries have published an overall total for all routes (and likewise of passengers, it is for the same timeframe). Total freight carried in 2017 was 47,815 while for this season the number was marginally down at 45,649. A difference of -5 per cent. Brittany Ferries which uses three UK English Channel ports (Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth) is where 85 per cent of the ferry firm's passengers are UK holidaymakers visiting key regions in France and northern Spain. In recent months, Brittany Ferries announced a total €450m investment in three new ships post-Brexit on UK-France-Spain services (firstly next year, LPG fuelled Honfleur followed by a pair of Stena E-Flexers), however they also raised an alarm. This is from a fall in demand for family holidays next summer, which Brittany Ferries has warned of serious consequences for international tourism and the regions it serves if a Brexit deal does not bring certainty and the free movement across borders enjoyed by customers today. Roll back to more than four decades when the origins of Brittany Ferries arose from Breton farmers wanting to export vegatables to new markets in the UK, which would lead to the formation of the largest ferry operator currently on the English Channel. The company, Bretagne-Angleterre-Irlande (B.A.I) otherwise as we know as Brittany Ferries was founded by Alexis Gourvennec who strove to enrich Brittany for the benefit of its citizens. Since Brittany Ferries first sailing took place in 2 February 1973, the day after the UK (along with Ireland and Denmark) joined the European Economic Community (forerunner to the EU), the French operator has grown into a multi-national operation whose biggest export region is British tourists. The launch earlier this year of the new Ireland-Spain service has opened up opportunities not just for tourists but also freight-hauliers. In addition to increasing cultural Celtic connections with the Iberian peninsula.
  6. This suggestion by @Gareth is worthy of further consideration, and the post from which this quote is taken is the most constructive this poster has seen anywhere, including the "mainsteam media". Put it to the people of Northern Ireland, they're the ones who: 1) voted to remain. 2) are poorly served by their elected representatives in the Brexit debate. (The Northern Ireland assembly is suspended and Sinn Fein abstain from taking their seats in the House of Commons). 3) have to live with the consequences of the end-result. And here is a suggested refinement. Make it a referendum on staying or leaving the EU's customs union and not re-uniting with the Irish Republic, which would also need a referendum in "Southern" Ireland to change it's constitution, with no guarantee of success. If the electorate of Northern Ireland vote to stay in the EU's customs union then there is a customs border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. If the electorate of Northern Ireland vote to leave the EU's customs union then there is a customs border between Northern and "Southern" Ireland. Either way, the matter of the "Irish Backstop" is settled. And let's leave the matter of a full reunification referendum to another day.,
  7. Should the UK leave the EU without an agreement "Southern Ireland" becomes obliged to impose the Common Customs Tariff. In practice, this means customs checks on people and vehicles travelling from North to South. With 40,000 commuters crossing the border daily the potential disruption to daily life is significant. This poster, a Dublin resident, remembers the old days when there were long queues at border crossings, which were manned by army personnel complete with sub-machine guns. Today, we cross the border at the motorway speed limit. Nobody wants to go back to the old days and this is why the EU, influenced by Dublin, is pushing for Northern Ireland to remain within the customs union.
  8. So true. And of the five nations that voted, three voted to remain (Gibraltar, Northern Ireland, and Scotland). Expect huge constitutional tension in the coming years.
  9. Exactly. One is reminded of the American Revolution and it's phrase, "No taxation without representation". On this thread we have the opposite. People looking for "representation without taxation".
  10. This goes to the heart of the problem. Should the UK leave the EU without an agreement "Southern Ireland" becomes obliged to impose the Common Customs Tariff. In practice, this means customs checks on people and vehicles travelling from North to South. With 40,000 commuters crossing the border daily the potential disruption to daily life is significant. This poster, a Dublin resident, remembers the old days when there were long queues at border crossings, which were manned by army personnel complete with sub-machine guns. Today, we cross the border at the motorway speed limit. Nobody wants to go back to the old days and this is why the EU, influenced by Dublin, is pushing for Northern Ireland to remain within the customs union.
  11. Buzzbee

    Migrant Issues at BF Ports

    Not true. Ireland is not part of Schengen. Never has been. And there is no "free movement" to Ireland from mainland Europe. On a recent trip from Santander to Cork our passports were "exit scanned" by the Spanish police and scrutinised by the Irish Police (Gardai) in Cork. Irish customs also asked for our passports. Information on visa requirements for Ireland can be found at: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/visas-for-ireland/ where it specifically says that Schengen visas are not valid for travel to Ireland.
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