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  1. Gareth

    Normandie Express - 2018 Season

    I wonder when NEX will return from her extended excursion to the Equator on the BF fleet tracker - she must have been there for several months now! 😉
  2. Gareth

    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    So what's changed since the days of Superfast's daily cruise ferry service? Was that route ever viable, or was it always a loss-maker?
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    And early bookings must be quite slow.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    You could take the view that it may not, therefore, be a particularly good test of viability for the passenger service, as some who would otherwise have used it may not due to the choice of ship. But what it does do is test comprehensively the viability of the route from a freight point of view. Sensible, as without viable freight custom, no new route is going to succeed. May well be that the true test of viability of passenger demand may be down the line, once the first test (freight) had been passed.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Give it time hf....if it takes off I’m sure that will happen. And if it doesn’t then at least BF won’t be bankrupted! 😉
  6. Forgive me for a bit of self-indulgent nostalgia. My interest in ferries started in the 1970s and, at the time, centred upon Townsend Thoresen, as the company that used to transport us on all my childhood family holidays. I have watched the former TT fleet gradually dwindle over the years. Well, I have just discovered that we are now down to the very last former TT passenger ferry still in service. A couple of the former freight fleet (Via Mare, ex-European Clearway and Sea Partner, ex-Cerdic Ferry) are still in service in the Eastern Med and Black Sea respectively. But apart from them, there is now just one solitary former member of the passenger fleet still in service - none other than the 53 year-old, 1965-built third member of the original Thoresen Viking fleet, Viking III, still sailing as Red Star 1 between Brindisi and Vlore. Vitsentzos Kornaros, ex-Viking Viscount, is still around but has been out of service at the shipyard at Perama since last August. So, if she does not return to service (hhvferry, any ideas on that?), then Viking III will be the last of the line to survive in service. Amazing!
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Connemara is now on her way again, having finished bunkering at Gibraltar. According to AIS, scheduled arrival in Santander is 1130 UTC on 23 April.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Thanks to Jim 😀 Connemara is now on the BFE Fleet Finder.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Still stopping at Gibraltar. AIS has her arriving there tomorrow evening (2120, presumably UTC).
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Could she have bunkered at Bizerte? If so then the Gibraltar call may no longer be necessary?
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    ....and showing no signs of being in a hurry, pootling along at 12 knots!
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Thanks Tony, that makes sense. Starting with freight only is a good way of conducting berthing trials and still generating revenue. Guess it gives them longer to get the ship ready for passengers too, as they can carry on working during the freight-carrying passages. Wonder what her delay into Gibraltar was due to.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    As far as I can see, the only thing that has changed from the original plan is that the sailing ex-Santander on 29 April is no longer being offered? In which case, I wonder why? Ship not expected to be ready, or not enough bookings? Decided they need berthing trials after all? Looks like the ship will be making the passage to Cork anyway, just not commercially.
  14. Gareth

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Thanks David, yes that answers it. Looks like Etretat will be spending 48 hours at Portsmouth.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Curious that there isn’t a reciprocal Le Havre - Portsmouth sailing also cancelled, either on 18th or 19th. Does this mean the vessel is going to manage to get across to Le Havre somehow, sans passengers? Maybe an ad hoc freight crossing on Thursday during the day, arriving in Le Havre after the strike has finished?
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