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  1. If the incident described above really did take place then Stena and/or Stena Europe's captain would have been obliged to notify Ireland's MCIB. Failure to notify would leave them open to prosecution. There's no mention of the above incident on mcib.ie. I doubt it took place, or if it did, it's far less serious than described above. Also, I can't see a linkspan surviving being hit by a 25,000 ton ship travelling at 7 knots.
  2. The frontal system has now passed Dublin. Winds are WSW force 4. And Estrid looks like she is on approach to enter Dublin Port..
  3. Wow, AIS reports that it is going from Holyhead to Belfast but it's well north of Belfast. Looks like it was afraid to make a turn to port for Belfast and just kept going.
  4. You would think. Yeats looked as though she was going for Benlech Bay but then turned back as if for Holyhead. Estrid has made it to Dublin Bay and it look's like she can't dock either.
  5. Was just about to comment on Estrid's progress. Jonno beat me to it. She was two hours late leaving Holyhead but looks like she'll do the crossing in 3 hours. Yeats looks as though it couldn't dock in Holyhead and is now going around in circles. Stena's Foreteller got two thirds of the way across before turning to starboard, presumably to run with the following sea. She's now done a 180 so she's heading into the waves.
  6. Indeed. Tomorrow will be a rough one on the Irish Sea. Met Eireann is forecasting a southerly force 8-9, occasionally force 10 for the area. Having said that, Irish Ferries, Stena, P&O and Seatruck all appear to be sailing, although some are warning of possible disruption. The wind direction will be on the beam for Holyhead - Dublin, maybe a little bit less so for Liverpool - Dublin, but still, crossings will be uncomfortable.
  7. It's hard to know. I agree with nodwad that the vehicle forecasts suggest that Vigo-Cork-Plymouth is a non runner. And how could there be enough business to support two Cork-Spain routes? Thing is though, customer preference is changing rapidly. Fears of climate change, and flight shaming, are moving some folk back towards land based travel. So ferries could be in for a big upturn in utilisation.
  8. If I rightly recall, there might have been some speculation earlier in the year about the re-introduction of duty-free allowances. So, it's now been confirmed, in the above link, that a no-deal Brexit means that duty-free will be available to sea and air travelers on routes between the UK and Ireland.
  9. Looks like a daily ferry service is being planned from Rosyth to Groningen (the Netherlands) Article link is here: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-49438191 .
  10. The nerd in me finds this a fascinating topic too. So here's another thought for folks from northern England and Scotland. What about, wait for it, drumroll, taking Seatruck's overnight service from Heysham to Dublin? Arrive in Dublin at about 1000 and then take the 1600 W.B. Yeats from Dublin to Cherbourg.
  11. The Eire-Bridge! - love it! Don't forget Cork as an onward option. Dublin Port to Ringaskiddy is a 3 hour drive. If you arrive in Dublin via Irish Ferries at 0600 you've plenty of time to make the 1100 Brittany Ferries sailing from Ringaskiddy to Santander. Motorway for most of the way, plus you'll miss the worst of the commuter traffic.
  12. In case it's of interest, today's Irish Examiner reports that the Port of Cork has successfully applied for planning permission to "increase the size of a previously permitted customs’ inspection building at Ringaskiddy from 324sq m to 648sq m, primarily in light of the uncertainty over Brexit". The article also says, "Already, a large number of HGVs from the North use ferry connections from Cork to get to Brittany in France and Santander in Spain. If a hard Brexit occurs, it is likely that increased HGV traffic will use the routes out of Cork". At the risk of stating the obvious on this forum, Cork - Brittanny and Cork - Santander are BF routes. Makes the introduction of the Connemara look very prescient.. Article link is here: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/ringaskiddy-boosts-customs-capacity-under-brexit-plan-942234.html
  13. Wise decision, keeps Connemara away from Storm Hannah, which has Cork under an Orange weather warning for tomorrow evening.
  14. According to an article in Bloomberg cross-channel ferry bookings are up 40% since Brexit was postponed to 31 October. BF is probably seeing some of this bounce. The source quoted was Direct Ferries. The article url is: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-17/brexit-delay-spurs-u-k-booking-frenzy-for-summer-holidays-in-eu?srnd=premium-europe
  15. Yes the Glasgow school of art being a recent example. Indeed. Am reminded of Primark in Belfast. Obviously it doesn't compare to Notre Dame but it is another example of a renovation that went up in flames. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-45376563
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