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  1. PORTELET ( 1967, former LION of P&O Ferries) had left the fleet by the time the ROZEL ( 1974, former St EDMUND, KEREN) was chartered by BCIF from Cenargo and entered service with the company on 21/03/1989. The PORTELET had finished her charter with BCIF on the 01/10/1988 after two seasons operating from Weymouth to the Channel Islands. With BCIF concentrating their entire operations at Poole from January 1989 rather than from Portsmouth the Weymouth link was dropped. The PORTELET finished her final sailing from the Channel Islands to Weymouth on the 01/10/1988 and returned to her owners, the Greek ferry company Marlines where she resumed the name of BARONESS M. BCIF started operating from Poole on the 03/01/1989, with the CORBIERE (1970, former APOLLO) arriving at approximately 18.00 at the Dorset port on a "light" sailing from Portsmouth where she had arrived earlier that morning on her final arrival at the port from the Channel Islands. The HAVELET (1977, former CORNOUAILLES) and ROZEL were running mates on POOLE to the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey with the HAVELET operating the overnight sailing from the Channel Islands to Poole and the ROZEL operating the overnight sailing from Poole The ROZEL left the BCIF fleet in September 1992 and was replaced by the BEAUPORT (1973, former PRINCE OF FUNDY, PRINCE OF BRITANNY, REINE MATHILDE). Nick has summed it up pretty well regarding the eventual demise of BCIF and the shortcomings regarding the fleet. As an ex former employee of BCIF I have very fond memories of my time with the company between 1987 and 1993. Having worked aboard the CORBIERE, ROZEL, HAVELET and BEAUPORT in that order in the positions of Steward, Shop Manager, Stores Manager, Food and Beverage Manager, Second Steward and Deputy Purser all in that order. I can honestly say that I was totally distraught when BCIF ceased operations as it was a fantastic company to work for and my shipmates were a joy to work with especially those on the "HAPPY" HAVELET. On a side note I'm rather upset about the idea of the APOLLO, the former CORBIERE potentially being sunk off the Canadian coast as a diving wreck The fact that she was the first in a series of sisters dating from 1970, affectionately known as the "Papenburg sisters", she's certainly had a long career lasting almost fifty years. This is great news for Condor Ferries as well as the Channel Islands as a whole. With Britanny Ferries getting involved once again in the Channel Islands hopefully this will lead to better things and looking forward in time were see an eventual replacement of the current Condor Ferries fleet. Only dreaming on my part and I honestly don't envisage it ever happening but they could always bring back the British Channel Island Ferries name and have the ships fully crewed by British seaman again 😉
  2. After leaving or should I say being made redundant by British Channel Island Ferries in 1993 after the takeover by Condor Ferries I joined Geest Line. I used to work for Geest Line on their GEESTBAY, we took 12 passengers in luxurious accommodations on a 32 day round trip from Southampton to the Windward Islands and Trinidad. Port's of call were Antigua, Dominica, St Lucia (Castries and Vieux Fort), St Vincent and Port of Spain. It was a great 32 day round trip with plenty of time off in port including night stops in several port's. And the crew accomodation was very good, nice large ensuite with Queen size bed, all single berth cabins for the catering department and of course the officers. The food was excellent with BBQs on the outer decks whilst in the Caribbean. There was a nicely laid out lounge with big comfortable sofa's, a dining room for the officers and passengers and even a small outside pool that was lifted on top of one of the cargo hatches. I must be the only member of BFE who knows first hand what it's like to sail or better still work on a cargo ship that takes passengers. Just saying 😉
  3. All vessels fly the flag in port and drop it after they leave, from ferries to cruise ships to cargo ships to container ships, it's a maritime tradition. You obviously haven't taken much notice on your previous sailings 😉
  4. My apologies I wasn't aware that it was referring to the freighter MV HELENA! It wasn't made very obvious in your post Neil, it was a screenshot, hence the confusion.
  5. Neikcvx Are you trying to suggest that the St Helena will resume service from Cape Town to St Helena and Ascension? Or Are you just showing a screen shot of the former route, details of the ship and an example of a cabin? Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd were the operators of the RMS St Helena. As I'm sure that you are aware! The St Helena is currently owned by St Helena LCC, Jersey and has been refitted to act as a mobile hub for the race events of the EXTREME E electric SUV racing series. She won't be returning to St Helena anytime soon and I have no doubt that once her service is over with her current owners she will more than likely be disposed off and most probably to the breaker's.
  6. Exactly, it was the Partridge episode that I had in mind when I made my post 😁
  7. Adicat Regardless of tourism, consumer demands have changed a lot since the 80/90's hence the need for extra freight capacity, for example the CI didn't even have the likes of Tesco in the 80/90's. Even the Scottish islands have seen a huge increase in freight demand compared with the 80/90's. Freight is the driving force behind any ferry operation.
  8. canberra97

    Cabin decks

    Yes it does also hold for crew accomodation. It's part of International Maritime Law that prohibits all accomodation under the water line on all new builds and it has been so for several years now.
  9. Stena Europe arrived at Liverpool at 17.00 on Sunday 15 September and is currently berthed in the Gladstone Dock, the opposite side to the P&O Ferries terminal.
  10. I really don't see your point! hmmm a third identical sister the FINLANDIA, the former MOBY FREEDOM (built in 2001) operates successfully year round for Eckero Lines from Tallinn to Helsinki and has done since 2012. Edit... others have mentioned the FINLANDIA.
  11. Hook of Holland has two ro/ro berths one of which is twin loading but that berth is currently used by the Stena Britannica and Stena Hollandica on the route to Harwich. I can't see Stena Line replacing the two current Harwich to Hook of Holland ferries with these two vessels plus Killingholme is freight only. It will be interesting to see where Stena Line decide to relocate them both.
  12. Slight correction. Three new berths have been built at Dover as part of the ports Western Docks and Marina development. Three berths have been completed with one berth 300m in length, this new berths is situated on the other side of the much shortened Prince of Wales Pier adjacent to the new marina. An additional berth and the main berth which has a dedicated fruit handling cargo facility replacing the current fruit terminal which is situated in the ports Eastern docks which will be demolished allowing for more freight marshalling. There is NO ''huge container berth'' being built at the Port of Dover. The Port of Dover have several videos on YouTube showing the completed berths and marina development plus many images and further information is available on their website.
  13. Le Havre is France's largest and busiest port but in no way is it Europe's busiest. The port's of Antwerp and Hamburg are far bigger and far busier in terms of tonnage of cargo handled than Le Havre regardless of where you have supposed to have read it. The busiest and biggest port's in Europe are. Number 1) Rotterdam Number 2) Antwerp Number 3) Hamburg Le Havre ranks at Number 11 and there is quite a difference between the tonnage of cargo handled at Antwerp and the size of the port compared to the Port of Le Havre.
  14. What hasn't been quoted in that press release is the addition of an overhead walkway directly from the Passenger terminal to berth 2 with a new gangway installed. This revedelopment of berth 2 and the ability of the PIP to cater for vessels upto 255m is great news but I wonder how many cruise calls would have to be denied by the port on the days when all five ro/ro berths are in use. Those calls can easily be handled here in the Port of Southampton 😀
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