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Val de Loire

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  1. Weight limit on the Irish Sea ferries is 3.5 tons (far as I know, that's the upper limit usually) - chances are they rapelled onboard.
  2. No other ship needs 12 hours maintenance a week though! There is a 6 hour layover in Cork too, so that's 18 hours she's idle for on Friday/Saturday alone, she needs some padding in the time table in case of weather, but it's a bit excessive...
  3. BF/BAI are doing something very wrong in Cork so, Goodbody here have said that ICG will have made their money back on the new ship in less than 3 years (and they are paying for the ship them selves, it's not government funded). If BF are struggling to secure funding like you claim, Spain is the non lucritive route, not Ireland. It might also be worth pointing out, one of the reasons for the Ponts high speed when ordered, was so she could fit in another Cork rotation mid week (BF's Cork office spent a lot of time saying it would happen in the press here).
  4. Have you got theLloyd's pieces? EU Comission's press release on the ruling found CCI abused their power, and had to give ICG access. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release....htm?locale=en
  5. Err, you know Ireland is an island? Direct links to the contenant are necessary for trade. Actually, Irish Ferries never had a problem with sharing Roscoff, the CCI de Morlaix (I wonder who if a shipping company owned by a co-op is influencial there) wouldn't allow Irish Ferries access, so they started making arrangements to use Brest, and took anti competition case to the EU Comission.
  6. She's replacing Epsilon, which is on charter. ICG have an option for a second vessel according to the yard. With the load factors and rates BF are charging on the Cork Route, I would be very surprised to see them not do something (we were promised a midweek sailing when the Pont Avan was being built, but that never happened for some reason).
  7. TV3 have been airing a documentary about the Port of Cork (this is actually it's second season). Last week's episode featured the Pont Aven, and the ports ferry operations (and the Pont's kennels ). Episode is available online here.
  8. Re: Fastnet Line in trouble 145m is the stated limit for the berth (ferry has to swing across the river to get onto the berth), but can be (slightly) longer (Julia is 153m).
  9. Re: Fastnet Line in trouble Company management made some very bad decisions also. There is a rumor that the route may not be dead yet - another operator (existing, but not on the Irish Sea) is in talks with the Port of Cork, and about to go to the Department of Transport for a licence.
  10. Re: Stena Discovery & Explorer sold Loads are down something like 24% from what I hear...
  11. Re: Stena Discovery & Explorer sold However the yatch club have never been very fond of the HSS (or ferries in general), also, yes Dún Laoghaire is ok for public transport, but there is a reason everything moved to Dublin Port over the years, there is very little money to be made from foot passangers, and driving to Dublin from Dún Laoghaire (infact, driving from anywhere to Dún Laoghaire) takes ages during the day...The Alexandria Road terminals have the port tunnel linking them to the M50, and the rest of the country. If Stena moved everything to Dublin I would make sense, but would be sad to see the end of ferry operations from there.
  12. Re: Stena Discovery & Explorer sold Latest rumours doing the rounds are Explorer will had off at the end of the year and will be replaced with Carisma, Stena Britannica will join the Adventurer in Dublin, and the Nordica will move to Fishguard (but there are doubts about her capacity)...
  13. Re: Stena Discovery & Explorer sold Yes, she is sailing under her own power (loaded stores last week for the trip). Major stena re-shuffle also coming on the Irish Sea by the looks of it...
  14. Re: Ridiculously named ships .. God help SCF's former Superferry if the trades description act came into it!
  15. Re: Western Channel Ferry Routes Brest baffles me too, I know it has been looked at for routes form Ireland one more than one occasion...
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