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    Navy to convert ferries to warships

    https://www.incat.com.au/vessel-progress/current-fleet/ 045 became Rapide and 050 Manannan. If you look under Product / Military, you can see these 2 plus the 2 existing military vessels (un-numbered, maybe US built?)
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    Navy to convert ferries to warships

    A couple of Incats have morphed the other way ….
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    Brittany Ferries BETA site - Closed

    Just had to do my St Malo-Pompey out and Plymouth-Roscoff return by phone as this is still not possible online although as you already knew they are aware of the "glitch".
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    Government charter

    One o Seaborne's directors ran a couple of failed ship charter companies in the past, hence a potential connection with Arklow who are specialists in that business? I would guess they only became involved when government money was mooted.
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    Government charter

    A tug is waiting to tow the dredger away without the work being finished.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving in 2019

    The original plan had internal tanks being fitted to these 3 vessels.
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    Bretagne - 30 Years

    Not sure, but post 1994 after the Estonia sinking and the recommendations which came in a year later if I remember.
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    Bretagne - 30 Years

    She wasn't and didn't look dumpy for 1989 compared to other ferries. A number of things have changed, including safety and stability regulations following disasters, and the growth of the Ropax concept. Safety regs also dictate having some "outdoor" vehicle space for hazardous loads. Terminal facilities have developed too, allowing longer vessels.
  9. Referring to comments above, yes, I think the cabin was unused coming south, and perhaps some crossings before that, although 2 berth outsides tend to get gobbled up. There were mini-cruise passengers returning northbound, whose cabin allocations were not the same in both directions, who found their new cabin totally un-made up. Sloppy organisation?
  10. As this was a Saturday, with the ship docking at around 08:15, there was more time than normal until she vacated the berth a bit before midday for the Commodore Goodwill, and returned at 18:00. Under normal circumstances 08:15 - 10:30 is only 2 hours 15 mins.
  11. The extremely efficient young woman at the desk was dealing with a number of such issues. Luckily the ship was not busy.
  12. A couple of weeks ago I showed photos of m cabin to the desk and they promptly moved me …. Dried urine on the toilet seat, thick layer of dust on edges and corners of carpet, great clouds of dust under the window …. and a folder of someone's documents on the fold up bed! Cleaning in St Malo was cursory at best.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving in 2019

    I understood SIEM had coughed for January salaries but had not yet agreed to pay for February?
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    Bretagne - 30 Years

    Sometime in July she entered service? I seem to remember the date being an access code on board before up to date security required regular changes.
  15. They are keeping the £60 million they have already pocketed as it was not subject to the X Trail....
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    Armorique 10th Anniversary

    Not as bad as the Barfies ….? In support of Neil's comments, the cabins are the best in fleet below Pont Aven Commodores. My disabled wife finds all the relevant features better, with her being built to newer standards and expectations. And, yes, she is still nice and clean and shiny.
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    Armorique 10th Anniversary

    I suggested some years back, that they adopt a "Magnus Lounge" solution as per Northlink. Separate off an area forward of the servery, up-luxe the fittings a little, and serve passengers at table at any time of day, from the existing culinary offerings (which are pretty respectable), perhaps with a few, easy to add frills and extras? And, of course, a suitable upgrade price … On Northlink I find the ambiance relaxing and worth the extra few quid.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving in 2019

    I saw the first few lines of a report in Le Marin talking about new FSG MD "negotiating" but as it is an article locked for paying subscribers, I don't know if this was just the ongoing negotiations with government etc about finance, or referring to negotiations with customers about existing contracts. Inevitably, the latter will have to take place.
  19. I quote below some information from Dém'Marches Bretagne (detail later) about the procedure for applying for French residency, Carte de Séjour. Applying for a residency card AFTER BREXIT (= after March 29th, 2019) means you can't leave France during the process (4 to 6 months) ; if you do, your application is cancelled. My advice is that you apply before end of October to be able to obtain an interview at Préfecture before Brexit. In explanation. Nelly Ferriault is a brilliant adviser on all things administrative in France, is bilingual, used to work for the Préfecture, knows the people, the systems and the pitfalls inside out. She specialises, amongst other things, in helping Brits with car registration, tax and benefit forms, applications for residency or nationality, disputes with neighbours …. She is an absolute star, bubbly, charming, but serious, experienced and fearless in addressing issues. Her contact details are below. She lives NE of Rennes and covers Ille et Vilaine and a little beyond. The process of applying for residency is typically bureaucratic. Mounds of photocopies of 5 years of bills and bank statements to prove you have been here, and have the means to pay your way. Plus originals and copies and notarised translations of birth and marriage certificates etc. The point she is now making is that, if you want to apply, and your application is accepted pending confirmation, you may only travel within the EU until you receive that confirmation 4 to 6 months later. Unless a specific arrangement forms part of Brexit, the UK will be outside the EU, and any applicant leaving France whilst waiting, will see their application automatically cancelled. Nelly Ferriault Dém'Marches Bretagne demarches35@outlook.com +33 (0)6 22 13 08 01
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    BF Confirm Charter of 'E-Flexer'

    Yes hard to understand where the keel has been laid. One would have thought that it would be next to the dock that vessel #1 is in but looks like it is beside the dock of vessel #2? Then again 63 is afloat 64 presumably in build, and hull 3 is 67. No capisce!
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    LATEST: £46,6m BF charter for no-deal Brexit

    Admins. Perhaps the 2 relevant threads could be merged?
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    Government charter

    Gotta love it …. RMT write to BF demanding all seafarers on the services being financed by HM Gov be British. Oh yes? RMT letter to BF.pdf
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    Applying for French residency

    I understand that to be correct. Some EU countries will only allow dual nationality to other EU citizens, but France does not restrict this specifically. If it is not France, check.
  24. Quite a lot of talk in the EU of either saying no to an extension or not long enough to reach the date of EU Parliamentary elections. Fairly obvious in some ways?
  25. I think the licence problem is a legal one? At present, our UK licences are accepted across the 28 under EU law. IF the UK becomes a "third country" status, then each EU member state will have to decide what to do. Some will, of course, just look the other way. Some will enact national law to accept UK licences, specially if the UK reciprocates. Legally, I fear that there could be unfortunate consequences if national law has not been enacted?
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