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  1. I don't often post on here nowadays, but well said! Whether this service actually happens remains to be seen, but I hope it does and the Port of Poole can profit by it.
  2. A local tip for you - the Bramble Bush Bay chain ferry is always on the south (Studland) side for the larger ships to pass, but can be on either side for the Condor.
  3. Quite. South Quay has already been used for layover by Whitchampion and Arrow, as the quay edge and mooring bollards are all in place. It's just the actual final surface levelling and top layer that isn't quite finished. Astoria isn't booked until late August / September so plenty of time to get things ready for it, as for the smaller cruise ships well they have been using other berths at the port for years so no worries there then!
  4. The railway as far as the level crossing is managed by Railtrack, beyond is the responsibility of PHC. Although stone trains from Somerset, as far as I know, still use the Hamworthy goods branch, they never proceed onto PHC metals.
  5. Not sure the Visentinis even have gangway doors in the side, they tend to use separate foot ramps over the stern with an escalator up to the accommodation.
  6. During her short time at Poole, Arrow has berthed at New Quay South, but on occasions has also gone to the new and as yet unfinished South Quay and ro-ro berth 3 (as well as out to anchor in Poole Bay). Why she went to berth 3 I'm not sure, nor if she in fact lowered her stern door - she may simply have needed to load/unload something.
  7. Arrow is leaving Poole this afternoon heading to St Malo, then loading trailers for Jersey and Portsmouth before sailing back to Poole on Thursday, I've been told.
  8. ​Barfleur ran as winter Spanish ship from Poole to Santander in 1997/98, with passenger capacity limited to 200 due to available berths. If I recall correctly she sailed from Poole on a Friday night and arrived back Monday afternoon.
  9. Please read my comments in post #16 - I wrote the article and my facts are solid.
  10. Yes. Apart from regular visits to Poole, Cherbourg, Portsmouth and Caen, she has also done Poole&Plymouth/Roscoff and Poole&Portsmouth/Santander plus one visit to Cork from Cherbourg (on charter to an Irish haulier) - all of these have been commercial crossings. She has visited Le Havre for lay-up. The reason she visited St Malo escapes me right now, but I'm certain she did. That just leaves Bilbao.
  11. http://www.jenkinsmarine.co.uk/news-oct2016.html
  12. Bear in mind it's not berth 3 that is being lengthened. Look at the wide stern ramps on Baie de Seine, Mont St Michel....
  13. ​Maybe they would be able to tie-up, but I doubt they could all lower their doors onto the linkspan.
  14. I haven't visited or posted on this forum for quite some time now, but I have read these comments about Armorique at Poole with interest. I was onboard her Plymouth-Cherbourg positioning trip last Saturday night, certainly an 'interesting' crossing right through Storm Angus with wind gusts of around 100mph reported by QM2 nearby! Armorique handled the weather well, although there was very noticeable movement during the early hours, but we arrived in Cherbourg on time Sunday morning. Stena Horizon and Epsilon both arrived (on time as far as I know) from Ireland during the day, with Barfleur of
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