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  1. Indeed, link to RTE article is here, as lg12 reported, 20+ Amazon trucks per day on DFDS Dunkirk-Rosslare: https://www.rte.ie/news/leinster/2021/0211/1196595-amazon-europort/ Article also quotes Glenn Carr, general manager of Rosslare Europort, about extending operations to 24 hours a day, adding slots etc.
  2. Mega Express Four is alongside in Dublin after leaving Holyhead at 0330 this morning..
  3. Plus 1 to that , here's a 600g block (pound and a quarter) for €4 https://shop.supervalu.ie/shopping/dairy-milk-eggs-cheddar-blocks-supervalu-medium-red-cheese-block-600-g-/p-1039007000
  4. Pics of Drotten arriving in Rosslare yesterday..
  5. For what it's worth, the MCIB report said, "the vessel heeled from port to approximately 33° to starboard through amplitude of approximately 45° in 12 seconds." source: mcib.ie
  6. John, you'll be happy to hear that Ireland's Taoiseach has announced that internal travel restrictions are being removed from 29 June. Hotels and restaurants can re-open from that date. Helps increase the chances of the 6 July Bilbao-Rosslare sailing taking passengers.
  7. Yes, it would be relatively easy to start taking passengers from the 16th utilising the "freight routes" that have been in operation.
  8. An evolving situation. It now appears that from Monday Irish residents will be able to travel anywhere in their own county, and up to 20km from their home into a neighbouring county. In terms of ferry travel it would suggest that Dublin residents, about 1.4 million of them, will be able to visit Dublin Port and Wexford residents, about 149,000 of them, will be able to use Rosslare Europort.
  9. It looks like the Irish government is relaxing restrictions faster than originally expected. It would appear that, from Monday, Irish residents will be able to travel throughout their own county and up to 20km into a neighbouring county. This will enable a significant amount of the population to travel to Dublin Port and Rosslare Europort.
  10. Hardly an option worth considering seeing that there are no ferries taking passengers between Ireland and France /Spain at the moment, plus Ireland's 14 day quarantine I believe applies to passengers from the UK regardless of the Common Travel Area (one way only Ireland to UK ). Irish Ferries is taking passengers between Cherbourg and Dublin. However, on arrival in Dublin passengers are supposed to quarantine for 14 days. The port authorities would probably take a dim view of a Cherbourg-Dublin-Holyhead itinerary but there may not be much they can do about it. Passengers travelling
  11. Another insight into the new normal may be found from Irish Ferries which has continued to take passengers between Cherbourg and Dublin and it's UK/Ireland routes. . The below quotes are from the IF website, the main highlights are: Cinemas, bars, lounges closed. Face masks in the Cherbourg port area. Documentary evidence of essential travel. "The master of the ship announces our policy of social distancing at the onset of all sailings. To facilitate social distancing, onboard cinemas, bars and Club Class lounge services have been closed. We are following all pu
  12. It could well be that the opposite is true. Cheeky weekends away won't be feasible if you have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival, and 14 days on return. However, a "big lavish international holiday" to somewhere like the Virgin Islands (British, of course) could be structured to include quarantine time as part of the itinerary.
  13. Apologies. I misunderstood. Yes, passengers arriving into the UK from Gibraltar should be treated the same as those from the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey etc. and not have to quarantine.
  14. Not really. There aren't any direct flights between Gibraltar and France.
  15. Indeed. And a similar concerns are being raised in Ireland. Throughout Covid-19 Irish Ferries have continued to accept passengers on UK-Ireland and France-Ireland routes. On arrival in Ireland incoming passengers, regardless of nationality, are supposed to self isolate for 14 days, and provide contact details for follow-up calls from the health authorities. Between about a quarter and a third of incoming passengers are declining to provide contact details. Many are believed to be transiting through Ireland to Northern Ireland. Legislation may be needed to strengthen the rules.
  16. Today's Irish Times is reporting on negative experiences that BF's passengers have had: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/customers-claim-brittany-ferries-is-deducting-payments-for-impossible-sailings-1.4247397
  17. Hi Gareth, presumably you meant to say Seatruck instead of Clipper. And yes, I would agree. Seatruck was worried and said as much during their application to the High Court in Dublin yesterday. Their barrister said, "Seatruck Ferries is very concerned that the sums owed to it will not be paid". The latest published accounts for P&0 European Ferries (Irish Sea) Ltd look grim. Net assets are negative by £79.5M. Most likely it survives due to ongoing support from the wider P&O group.
  18. Let's mention BF's Rosslare to Bilbao, it's about 28 hours.. In terms of freight, CLdN appear to be sailing between Rotterdam and Dublin, with a journey time of about 40 hours.
  19. You could try Ringing Arthur.. But he appears to have a 6 digit Dublin phone number. Didn't Dublin numbers become 7 digits in the late 80s/early 90s? Shows the age of BF's Rosslare shutter..
  20. But as @Chef pointed out, as of today you can bypass New Ross.. btw, I'd say Nolan Transport are pleased. Their head office is in Co Wexford, same county as Rosslare, and the last time I was in Santander they had 5 HGVs on the dock waiting to board..
  21. all the fun has gone out of this thread - the future of Cork-Santander is now known..
  22. Cork to Roscoff continues according to this article: https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Major-Cork-ferry-route-cancelled-4055dc59-d23f-404a-bc04-3cc3ab6f0f0b-ds
  23. Methinks Shar^k isn't dreaming of visiting Rosslare! Brest? Maybe. Seriously, the chances of BF abandoning Roscoff-Cork are slim. And Santander-Cork is probably safe until there is clarity on the post-2020 UK-EU trading relationship. BF is an obvious contender to fill the gap on Rosslare-France left by IF. But I don't think that it will be at the expense of Cork services, at least not this year.
  24. Not exactly. IR operate Rosslare. But Rosslare is owned by "The Fishguard & Rosslare Railways & Harbours Company". It was originally a joint venture, back in 1899, between the respective railway companies that operated into Fishguard and Rosslare. The "Irish shares" came to be vested in Irish Rail. The "UK shares" came to be vested in British Rail and are now owned by either Stena or the UK's government, I'm not sure which. So Irish Rail operate the port, but they don't own it in it's entirety, which makes investment and development problematic.
  25. 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.
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