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  1. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne I would guess Condor will be delighted to receive any realistic offers given their own press release on the acquisition of Condor Rapide talks of Condor 10 being replaced. However, it should be pointed out that one of her 74m Incat sisters, the vessel which last operated as Emeraude France ironically, has I believe been laid-up at Tilbury for 3 years. http://www.condorferries.co.uk/Documents/CONDOR%20FERRIES%20TO%20LAUNCH%20NEW%20FAST%20CATAMARAN_UK_EAST.pdf
  2. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne That would mean Condor having 3 out of the 4 86m Incats. I wonder if they'd like to have the whole set?
  3. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne That's more than just funny, it is an inspired piece of work and goes to show how true it is that great minds think alike! Thanks for sharing it with us. As for www.euroferries.co.uk allowing bookings to be made for sailings just four days from today, I'd suggest the latest press release of three days volunteering no date for the commencement of operations is a more accurate reflection of where things currently stand.
  4. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne Am I the only one to see a certain degree of irony in the choice of vessel - Bonanza Express? From my childhood I seem to recall an American TV series called Bonanza (and I'm not old enough to have seen it first time around, just for the record) about the Cartwright family, and Indians they were not...
  5. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne 'Unforgettable experience' could mean person a pays a company up front for a service, the said service does not materialise, the person tries to get their money back but is given the runaround for months until the said company disappears and the person's money goes with it. Not that I would have the temerity to suggest this might happen here, but it has been known to happen in the past as aficionados of Watchdog and The Cook Report will know all too well. In mitigation, I'm sure that back in 1984 Virgin Atlantic made all manner of claims and promises about its new service before it even started. I believe it's called pump-priming or getting the ball rolling - advertising and PR are black arts. Our old 'friends' Coban Cruises and KMW Seaways both threw in the towel before getting as far as taking any bookings and, thus, money from Joe Public, so the stakes in this saga are now far higher as people have paid good money to make bookings on the back of official statements made in the past as catalogued in this mammoth thread. So I hope my personal pessimism about this venture ever happening proves unfounded... ...but if I were a customer who had already booked crossings I would be most concerned by the tone of the email from Fred Olsen posted yesterday by Pride of Hull as it smacks of Fred Olsen seeking to wash its hands of the whole farce - "don't ask us, ask them" does not demonstrate a harmonious partnership. As Fred Olsen are supposed to be supplying the vessel and there can be no service without a vessel...need I continue?
  6. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne That, of course, is technical terminology from the railway industry - where it makes sense. Take it out of it's natural context and it makes no sense Elliot.
  7. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne When I first clapped eyes on this for I split second I thought Steve Wright of "in the Afternoon" fame had waded into this increasingly sorry looking saga! I note that Mr Ladyman doesn't know his principles from his principals...or perhaps seeing how taken in he appears to have been by the bunch of Walter Mitty dreamers that Euroferries resembles that should be he doesn't know his posterior from his elbow...
  8. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne Hint taken!
  9. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne Wow, great minds *do* think alike!
  10. Re: EUROFERRIES: Ramsgate to Boulogne Strangely enough, myself, Jim and Phil K know a little about turning straight around at Oostend to check in for the next sailing back, and being asked a few questions by those charming customs officers at Ramsgate...but I guess we had done Dover-Calais-Dover and Ramsgate-Oostend-Ramsgate within 24 hours...and there were only a handful of cars on the Oostend-Ramsgate sailing which did increase the probability of being stopped somewhat... As for Jim's comments about Stephen Ladyman MP I recall he used to be a Transport Minister so *should* know what he's talking about...which is a worry! Personally, I shall remain 100% sceptical about Euroferries until something concrete convinces me otherwise.
  11. Re: The OLAU-twins for SNAV ...and I didn't think they could carry as many as 1,800 passengers either. As two of the articles for which links have been supplied carry the same numbers, one must assume the data has come from a SNAV press release. The same two articles also cite 8th April as the date the twins will enter service with SNAV.
  12. Re: A Looming Fuel Crisis in France? No, the UK is not self-sufficient thanks to North Sea oil. Anything but, in fact, as there are fears that North Sea oil is running out, leading to increased attempts to find alternative sources of oil around the UK. We are becoming increasingly reliant upon imports of oil from elsewhere. Indeed, there is an expectation that petrol/diesel prices will fall next week as reductions in the price per barrel of crude oil this week feed into the system. Apparently a week's worth of petrol/diesel was sold on Tuesday, but I didn't contribute to this as I filled up last Saturday which is when I actually needed to do so. Talk about the people of this country being blithering idiot sheep! :no:
  13. Re: A Looming Fuel Crisis in France? It would seem that the ordinary man in the street is in for more suffering. Just a couple of examples for you: 1 Following on from Micheil and Jacqui's most recent post, if the cost of transporting goods goes up (which clearly it will as fuel prices continue to rise) the costs will inevitably be passed on the consumers as the shops are of the view that they must maintain their margins. So the cost of the weekly shop is going to rise. 2 British Gas announced yet another rate rise for their customers last Friday, blaming the rise in oil prices. 3 British Airways has yet again increased its fuel surcharge on long-distance flights in response to recent oil price rises. 4 As haulage companies go to the wire (as they invariably are doing as Micheil and Jacqui have highlighted), the increased numbers of people out of work means increased social costs, increased burden on the state and thus increased taxes. Whether we like it or not, we have built our modern world around the ready availability of oil. OPEC finds itself in a position of enormous power effectively holding the developed world to ransom as it determines just how much to have the oil tap turned on, so we are fatally vulnerable to oil price pressures. Calling for the Government to cut the enormous level of tax it takes each time we fill up with petrol and diesel is an easy response to make, but it simply isn't going to happen unless (a) public spending can be dramatically cut (and we know that won't happen as to cut spending on hospitals for example would be political sucicide for any government) ) or (b) an alternative source for the taxation revenues raised from fuel will need to be found (and wherever that may be it will be unpopular so another case of political suicide). I am a motorist who hates to see the price of fuel climbing inexorably higher and higher but, sadly, I can see no easy fixes and no magic wands that can be waved either.
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