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Gareth

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  1. That’s where BF strikes so lucky, and why sailing on their ships feels so much more cruise-like than other ferries. Because BF’s ports are, on the whole, so attractive and/or interesting. St Malo, Roscoff and Santander are beautiful (with, to my eye, Roscoff being the pick of a very good bunch). Cork, too (from what I’ve seen but I’ve not actually been there), looks very attractive, and Plymouth sound and Poole harbour take some beating on the English coast. Portsmouth has historical interest, and Ouistreham has its D-day connections. Only Le Havre and Cherbourg have less of interest (and possibly Bilbao - not sure how Blibao looks from the sea with the mountain backdrop, but Bilbao itself feels quite industrial). Not many other ferry companies (Cal Mac excepted Neil!) can boast such a fine portfolio of ports as BF.
  2. So, please can I clarify, what involvement with BF or the general operation of the port of Plymouth does the guy in the clip have?
  3. I remember when Geest Line used to operate into the port of Barry! Not a lot goes there these days.
  4. Or Zeebrugge, or Hull! Or Sheerness. Or Dunkerque. Or Tilbury. Let’s face it, many ports (especially those on the low-lying shores of the Southern North Sea) are not scenically endowed!
  5. Gareth

    Cheese

    I happen to think that the Netherlands is a very fine country to visit. Especially by yacht. It’s clean (noticeably cleaner than Belgium), pleasant, and the people are very friendly. I just don’t particularly care for either of the cheeses for which the country is gastronomically the most famed. 😀
  6. Fair enough. Mind you, if that (or even just concern about that) is the prompt for them to finally sort out what is already a problem then maybe that’s no bad thing.
  7. Yes, I’ve beed delayed there by at least an hour. The infrastructure at Plymouth was not really designed for the modern ferries. It was designed for ships the size of Cornouailles. It’s in desperate need of upgrading (with or without Brexit - so it’s not really a Brexit issue).
  8. Well, they can’t both be right! 🤣
  9. Well, he also said that this was because of a failure to install necessary infrastructure, which I agree is scandalous (we’ve only had 3 years!). But when the money is made available to deal with this (which I am sure it will be) it will become a soluble problem so probably just of short-term relevance. Plymouth already has long delays when disembarking a full ship - the customs and immigration infrastructure is already inadequate and in need of upgrading.
  10. Gareth

    Cheese

    It’s almost a room temperature fondue!
  11. Ok, thanks. 95% of that was political, but the bit that was of potential relevance to BF is his forecast that Brexit might see a 50% increase in traffic using ferries at Plymouth. Presumably he is expecting this to be traffic moving west from the Dover Straits rather than new custom (?). Difficult to see how this spread west would get as far as Plymouth in those sorts of numbers, but if true then that sounds like potentially excellent news for BF. I wonder whether the expected increase in traffic will be of a level that would bring the return of Plymouth-Roscoff to a 2-ship service back on the table?
  12. That’s what I like to see.....nothing like a bit of self-correction! 😃 Do you want me to edit the original Neil?
  13. Gareth

    Cheese

    There you go Neil.....your wish has come true! 🧀
  14. Damn. Another senior moment eh, Ed?! 😳
  15. A ferry service to Emshaven sounds like it would be very freight-orientated to me. It’s a very industrial port with not much by way of passenger-orientated infrastructure. It’s the port through which all new VW and Audi cars are exported to the UK.
  16. Well you are one of the more eloquent members of the forum G4rth, so I would not level any criticism of you on that front! But don’t worry, I understand exactly what you were saying. (On both levels 😉). The point you argued was about a way of alleviating a suggested increase in congestion at Portsmouth. You suggested moving the Channel Island ropax service to Poole. I replied to suggest that it would be less inconvenient to customers expecting to travel from Portsmouth, less conflicting with the existing fast ferry from Poole, and would achieve the same result at Portsmouth, to move the departure port to Southampton rather than Poole. Please tell me if this misunderstands the premise of your point.
  17. Why bother with the faff of making all that freight get as far as Poole, though, when Southampton is ready and waiting at the end of the M3? Road connections are much easier, nothing else at Southampton to contribute to the "congestion" you are worried about (whether alleged or real), and sailing schedules that would suffer minimal impact by the extra hour up the Solent. Then the ropax service could continue independently of having to fit around thecustom for the fast ferry at Poole. Surely, then, if there is a potential for unmanageable congestion at Portsmouth, then Southampton comes back into the reckoning as a viable ferry port? Not that I think any of this has any bearing on the prospect of a BF takeover of Condor. If BF was really worried about congestion at Portsmouth, would their magic solution really be "I know, let's move Barfleur there as well?"! Seems unlikely that this is their motive for wanting to acquire Condor.
  18. Gents, is this a genuine discussion about what may happen if BF buy Condor, or are you just trying to use the thread to make a political point? If the former, what is your reasoning behind suggesting this might be remotely on the cards? How do you foresee Barfleur running alongside NEX, and how do you see the CI ropax service dovetailing with Condor Liberation?
  19. Gareth

    New Look Revealed

    Better in turquoise!
  20. Gareth

    New Look Revealed

    Like orange, for instance! 🤣
  21. Just as an aside (off-topic, I know, but interesting in context), Antwerp did, of course, used to be a ferry port. The precursor of Townsend Thoresen’s Felixstowe-Zeebrugge route, when ASN’s UK terminus was Tilbury and the Belgian port was Antwerp. The terminal was inside the locked-access dock complex, so there was no need for a linkspan. Ship just lowered her stern ramp onto the quayside. If you know what you’re looking for, you can still see where the berth was on Google maps. Townsend Thoresen’s takeover of ASN coincided with the development of Felixstowe as a ferry port, and they were already operating to Zeebrugge out of Dover, so the birth of Felixstowe-Zeebrugge out of the old ASN route, heralding the demise of Antwerp as a ferry port, became a no-brainer.
  22. No cruise terminal in Honfleur either - the ship docks at a berth normally used for handling bulk cargo! 🤣
  23. And 4am for a 6am docking if going by ship’s time!
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