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  1. Greek company Hellenic Seaways have a livery / branding which is both contemporary and classy. The new BF livery is growing on me but I still think removing the front stripes on the Bretagne added about 20 years to her overnight.
  2. I really don't know what IF are up to here. To date, they have made some very canny business decisions. I'm not so sure about this one. On the most operationally intensive ferry routes in the world, they are putting a 23-year old ship. They are launching a one-ship operation which means means if the old girl breaks down or has door issues, their time-sensitive freight customers will be stuck. IF have no economies of scale at Dover or Calais thus cost-wise (for IF), thus per truck or per car, this service will probably have the highest break-even point of all operators on this route. I can fully understand that IF freight customers want the ability for their trucks to pick up or drop off loads in the UK en route or returning from to the continent. But is this really the best solution? Could IF not have struck a deal with P&0 or DFDS for their freight customers on Dover-Calais? This would have a given them a turnkey solution for their customers. The airline industry knows only too well that launching a one aircraft operation against entrenched competition on a competitive route usually ends in tears. Therefore, the airlines invented code-sharing to prevent this from happening. I do hope this service succeeds for IF and I hope they've done their homework!
  3. Yes, I'm sure they would have commissioned a bigger build.
  4. Has the Flying Scotsman ever been to Scotland? In the early 1990's, BF's Spanish service was being filled to capacity during high-season. The Bretagne even though built for the route was now proving too small. Around the the same time, TT-Line experienced a drop in demand for their Germany to Sweden service and put their Nils Holgerson up for sale. This ship went for a facelift and refit in Italy and was transformed in the Val de Loire. Meanwhile, the Bretagne took over the Portsmouth - St Malo service in 1993. However, this would not be the last Santander would see of the Bretagne. In the 1990's, the Spanish port would often see her doing out-of-season sailings from Portsmouth.
  5. Only a matter of time now until the market becomes flooded with fake BF key rings from the 70s
  6. By this evening, it could reach BitCoin levels of inflation...
  7. This does look like something you would find in a museum... EARLY BRITTANY FERRIES TRANSPORTATION CROSS CHANNEL ADVERTISING KEYRING | eBay
  8. Maybe because "mRNA levels being too low" makes a lousy headline. Any journalist of a mainstream media outlet that dared cover a topic in this depth would probably get a rap on their knuckles from their editor. Newspapers now want nice click-bait headlines and they won't let scientific minutiae get in the way.... As a result, headlines like "Vaccine for Christmas" or "No, EU can't have our Jabs" are printed (The Daily Mail). Even scientific editors of the better mainstream titles will avoid covering a topic in too much depth. News has now been truly McDonalised...
  9. Holy moly...after watching this video, I see exactly what you mean. And I'm sure this was probably one of the easier tunnels. The catchy music also probably makes this tunnel less frightening than it actually is...
  10. CB, Norrona sails from the eastern coast of Iceland. Most of the flights to Europe leave from Reykjavik on the west coast. So this would be mean a really long bus journey across Iceland or would involve an internal flight to meet up with Norrona.
  11. Stimulus to the local economy maybe or political symbolism? For a lot of these projects, their compatibility or suitability to existing infrastructure is rarely even on the agenda. Japan is notorious for this. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/world/asia/06iht-06japan.19977986.html
  12. I totally admire the honesty of this statement but he really shouldn't be saying stuff this to a mass media publication....Most tourists are like sheep, they like to follow the crowd. A statement like this could accelerate even more postponements or cancellations.
  13. They're probably picking up you-know-who - that Bear. Just the passengers are mainly truck drivers does not mean to say they don't have to be entertained on board.
  14. Blimey, operators seem to be lining up to serve Ireland-France now. This could end up being a nasty price war in a few months time. Before we know it, maybe even Moby Lines might be throwing their hat into the ring with a Daffy Duck themed ship.
  15. Nice ship. Shame about the name. MV Drotten sounds like the name of a sludge carrier, certainly not sounding like a ship you would want to spend the first day of your holidays on...
  16. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/ghostly-atmosphere-on-one-of-last-ferries-to-britain-before-brexit-takes-hold-1.4448048
  17. I see there in that video, there is a "Castro" lounge onboard. Is that BF giving a hat tip to Comrade Fidel?
  18. Unfortunately, in terms of corona virus propagation, a ship has a more elevated risk level than you public spaces on land. Look what happened some of the cruise lines. At the same time though, it's still a a lot safer than being ensconced in a metal tube at 35,000 feet!
  19. Yes, basically BF are going to culturally appropriate some Spanish culture and give us a version of Spain onboard that they think the British traveling public want. Not a fan of this approach TBH. The Breton theme was much more authentic seeing that the company is from Brittany.
  20. I think that chunk of metal at the back is in fact an advertising hoarding. Companies like DFS sofas and Virgin Media broadband could buy space on it. And if a passing freighter captain in the Bay of Biscay ever sees it he'll be like "Oh, I see DFS have a sale on...the sofa in the crew mess room is looking a bit ropy. I must pick up a new one when we get to Felixstowe..."
  21. Interesting article on further rail developments on Spain to UK route. http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/183171/tesco-launches-rail-reefer-service-from-spain
  22. If there was ever a ferry version of Thomas the Tank Engine, Vinga would definitely be one of the cheekier ferries...
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