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Gareth

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  1. Gareth

    Preparing for no deal!

    All - please keep the politics out of this thread. If you want to talk politics then go to the club (where several posts have been moved to). This thread is for practicalities related to travelling in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU. Thanks 😉
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    Brexit effect on BF

    It is somewhat ironic that one of the factors (allegedly) why BF never went through with that plan was because the UK Government referred it to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. I know it is a point of contention whether that was actually a/the reason BF pulled out, or whether the referral just happened to coincide with BF withdrawing from the plan in any case. But if the withdrawal was, even in part, due to HMG's referral to the Monopolies Commission then it is a supreme irony that the same government is now paying BF to do what it stopped them from doing back in 2005!
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    Applying for French residency

    Interesting question, and Ed will know the answer. I suspect not, and that the result will be dual nationality, but I may be wrong.
  4. The place to post general musings and views on any aspect you like of Brexit. Brexit is a very important topic, and aspects of it will naturally crop up in the context of ferry-related discussion in other threads. However, it is also right and proper that there is a place in the forum to discuss the issue, including its political aspects, in its own right. However, there are a few ground rules, and by posting in this thread you agree to the following rules and principles: 1. The topic of Brexit is wide-ranging and contraversial. Individuals may hold very strong views on the matter. But no matter how strongly those views are held, you appreciate and accept that others are also entitled to their view. There is no "right" and "wrong" on the matter, and all views are equally welcome in the discussion. 2. There is no place in the forum for posts that are rude, disrespectful, insulting or intolerant of the views of others. 3. The forum is a place for rational and considered debate, not un-reasoned political ranting. 4. Posts that do not conform to these basic principles may be removed by the moderators without further notice.
  5. Thanks G4rth, good clarification. I agree, there is a big difference between “living” and the “going” that was reported in the post that flagged this issue.
  6. One man’s pear-shaped is another man’s golden apple! Who knows any more. 😳
  7. Well, Ed’s experience was after a turnround of more than 24 hours, so hardly quick!
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    Ferry collision

    Agreed.
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    Ferry collision

    Managed to find this: https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/268076/report-string-of-human-errors-caused-collision-between-ulysse-and-cls-virginia/ Makes reference to a lack of proper watch on the tanker as well as on the ferry.
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    Ferry collision

    Incidentally, do you happen to have a link to a report, or has it just been press-reported? Would be very interesting to see what the rationale was behind criticising the container ship.
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    Ferry collision

    Was it foggy? No. Was it an overtaking situation? No. Was it a situation where one vessel believed there was an imminent collision situation with another vessel that was assumed to be under way and on a crossing course? Yes. Was a turn to port the correct course of action in such a situation? No. The correct instinctive action to avert an imminent collision is always a turn to starboard. But thanks for the update on the events on the bridge. At least there was somebody on it! (Even if no effective watch was being maintained). Censuring of the container ship is unbelievable!
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    This is the thread for Sailing Updates for 2019. Updates from 2018 can be found here:
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    It is, indeed, a uniquely French.....hmmm....characteristic. But not a helpful one if the aim is to set up reliable contingency transport links to ensure guaranteed maintenance of supply chains. It’s always been a problem (I remember the fishermen blockade in 1980) but it seems more regular now than it used to be.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    I bet there’s more traffic that routes through Calais that comes from the heart of Central Europe than from France. Sure, some traffic would be better routing through Le Havre / Ouistreham / Cherbourg, but an awful lot would be just as happy aiming for Ostend / Zeebrugge / Vlissingen.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    It’s still all French though, isn’t it Ed. All three of those ports have shown vulnerability to strike action by dock workers over the last few years. Sailing to French ports will always carry a risk of sudden disruption.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    Makes you wonder whether the subsidy for enhanced ferry services ahould have been for routes to Belgium and the Netherlands rather than France. Operating to France is so unreliable.
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    St anton

    Yes, indeed, thanks. Sounds like some good photo opportunities may be coming up at Yarmouth! 😉
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    St anton

    Have to admit, this is a new one on me. What is St Anton? (Sorry to show my ignorance!)
  19. Thanks Buzzbee. I was wondering how far away her entry into service was.
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    P&O To Reflag Entire Fleet

    Nothing to do with Brexit - it's because P&O was sold off to Dubai owners a while back and is no longer a British company. It's been downhill all the way since then.
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    Normandie not sailing as economie

    In terms of berthing slots, yes, easily, at the times that the two additional sailings would be in port (early morning and mid-afternoon). In terms of marshalling space, no idea.
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    P&O To Reflag Entire Fleet

    I might be wrong, but I was of the understanding that Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France had already been re-flagged (?).
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    Normandie not sailing as economie

    Agreed. One way or another (whether it is directly for Le Havre or indirectly to enable an existing fleet member to move to Le Havre), BF will have to bring in another ship to make this plan work.
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    P&O To Reflag Entire Fleet

    Another thought occurred to me, but is totally left-field. With the publication of the report into the grounding of Pride of Kent in Calais now imminent, P&O will have seen the report as part of the ongoing consultation phase. I wonder if P&O doesn't like it, and therefore wants to take a step toward minimising the opportunities for MAIB investigation in future? That's probably totally off the wall, and I'm sure that a shipping company with P&O's pedigree would not take such an irresponsible attitude. But the thought occurred to me and I thought I'd share it to see if anyone thinks it might have legs.
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    Normandie not sailing as economie

    You'd think that, if the plan was for 3 Le Havre rotations daily, then the third set of times would be included in what LHC posted. (They would be something like 1530 arr / 1700 dep). But in the absence of those times, the only other thing that would make sense is the Cherbourg rotation I referred to. (They won't have the ship just sitting in Portsmouth all day).
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