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Gareth

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  1. Beauport and Havelet were quite a comedown from Rozel. Although Rozel had Portelet as a running mate, which was hardly an ideal match!
  2. Really? What’s your thinking there Nick? To run both fast and cruise ferry services from Poole? Or to run a fast ferry from Weymouth? I’m surprised you think that - my view is that the notion of fast cat services between UK and CI was aways totally out of place and the only reason they came was because Condor came from France and fast cats was what Condor always was. Now they’re here some people have developed a taste for them despite the obvious problems with operating them in that sphere. But was it your view back in the early 90s that BCIF were missing a trick by not bringing in an incat?
  3. Thanks Nick. Was Rozel a step too far for the economics of the route? Or was concentrating everything on Poole a strategic error?
  4. My memory is hazy - I remember that BCIF closing down was Condor’s route into the UK-CI services in the first place, but what was the reason for BCIF closing down? Was BF still involved at that point or did BF withdraw sometime before the end for BCIF?
  5. Will be interesting to see them side by side. Any visible ways of distinguishing them?
  6. If they really are struggling to sell them then that must surely raise a big question mark over whether they'll run these again in future.
  7. Surprised at this article, precisely because "business as usual" actually does appear to be the message of the BF-Condor tie-up. Which is a surprising pity.
  8. Two sailings a week from Cork to Spain is just catering for a market that has long existed but BF has been slow to wake up to. One extra sailing a week from Cork to France is just part-filling a gap left by Irish Ferries reduction in sailings. No decrease in UK to France and UK to Spain sailings. An extra ship being brought in to cater for the extra Cork sailings. I’m not quite sure what the point about “percentages” is supposed to convey.
  9. At least this doesn't complicate the organisation of the forum! Condor remains a separate entity from BF and discussion of matters Condor can remain in the Channel Islands section.
  10. Presumably Portsmouth Harbour would struggle to accommodate both Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth at the same time? They'd make quite a sight together, but am I right in understanding that there is only one berth in the harbour that can take them?
  11. Including the premium ones? If that's the case then it sounds like sales are struggling.
  12. Sounds from the press release as if BF's involvement is not going to result in any change in strategy and direction of development in the medium term. Sounds also as if the current Condor management will stay in place. In other words, BF's interest in this (for the foreseeable future) is purely as a financial investment, and not operational involvement. Pity.
  13. There’s also a height issue on Normandie. I once went on her and we were parked up on the mezzanine. Opened the rear hatch of my estate and it went crunch on the roof of the deck!
  14. So is that four BF vessels off service on refit at the same time? (In addition to NEX laid up). Must be some kind of record?
  15. Gareth

    Kerry

    (Or do you mean interior pictures?)
  16. Gareth

    Kerry

    Lots of good pictures if her in full BF livery in this thread. https://bfenthusiasts.com/bfe/topic/12445-bf-charters-a-new-ship/page/5/#comments
  17. Gareth

    Kerry

    Sorted! 😀
  18. Which, assuming true, is a very strange decision given that even Kerry has it.
  19. It’s a very intricate navigational area, and not much you can do in the event of power failure. Seems like it was probably too deep in the archipelago for dropping the anchor to have been of much use either. So, I agree, can’t hold the skipper to blame for that.
  20. Sounds like she more collided with the shore, then, rather than ran aground?
  21. Amazing that the water was deep enough for her to get that close in to a small craft jetty.
  22. A good question but a bit of a random one for this thread! 🤣
  23. A poignant picture when you realise that this is the ship that sunk the yacht Ouzo and that the impact of that collision was probably in the vicinity of the very place the small boat is in this picture. Thanks for posting Tony - a remarkable photo.
  24. You can still call and change your cabin choice. They’ll just adjust the price difference in the balance to pay.
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