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Gareth

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  1. I think you can buy individual copies from the FP website.
  2. Surely all the East coast routes from Rosyth / Newcastle / Hull to Amsterdam / Rotterdam / Zeebrugge come into this category Millsy?
  3. I never knew my French was so good! 🤣 Thanks both; sounds like that inner berth by the old Seacat terminal may be the answer. (Assuming Seaway is not the answer to the vessel question, in which case I guess she could use one of the main ferryport berths).
  4. Yes, I think we all accept that. But it’s still a fun topic to have a discussion about. 😀
  5. No tide means no rise and fall of water level (so no linkspan needed) and no tidal current (so less need for berthing alongside - just anchoring the bow is enough).
  6. Sorry - for some reason thought you meant Pont Aven. Yes, I agree with David, this will be to do with Pont Aven running late and the need to clear Armorique through before PA arrives. The alternative would have been be to delay Armorique until PA has been and gone, which would probably have delayed your sailing until about 0200. Probably better bringing it forward as they have.
  7. Probably wanting to get out before bad weather arrives (or allow Armorique to get in before bad weather arrives). You’ll still be able to have your nice dinner, but will be after the departure.
  8. We’re wandering a tad from the topic here! 😉
  9. How interesting, thanks FM. There is so much about this to discuss that I’ll move it to its own thread. The obvious one is why freight drivers passing Tilbury would opt to stop off for a once per day ferry crossing that will take probably 7-8 hours, in preference for driving an hour and a half further on to get one of the 90 minute sailings from Dover that depart roughly every 20 minutes. But I’ll leave that for others! Suffice it to say, it may be that the intention is to take unaccompanied freight, and to route that away from Dover may be no bad thing. Tilbury is well set up for that, and clearly P&O already operate out of both Tilbury and Calais. The other main point of interest is the operational one. Which vessel? European Seaway would seem the superficially obvious choice - but I am not aware of any means by which she would be able to load her upper deck at Tilbury. But I am very interested in how they will manage the linkspan arrangements. Calais berths are configured in the unique Dover Straits / North Channel arrangement where the bridge drops from shoreside onto the ferry, and Tilbury is configured like everywhere else - ramp drops from ferry onto shore. (This was the reason Zeebrugge is no longer capable of taking Dover ferries - because there are no longer any Dover-compatible linkspans at Zeebrugge). So....which ship will be suitable for loading at both Tilbury and Calais? If a through-loader then one end could be configured for one port and the other for the other. But a stern-only loader would find the linkspan arrangements a major problem. All of which leads me to wonder whether P&O’s intention might be to use the old car carrier berth at Calais, instead of the main ferry port? It might make sense to keep unaccompanied freight away from the main ferryport? Then again, is the old car carrier berth still usable after its encounter with Pride of Kent? Plenty of food for discussion.
  10. Yes, that is Stena RORO’s fundamental business model. It’s a win-win all around. As David says, BF (being the relatively small company that it is, and being as quirkily structured as it is) have had enough difficulty securing the funding for Honfleur. No way would they be able to raise the funds to order three e-flexers at the same time. This way they will probably still have the option of purchasing the vessels in the long run, but for the time being they keep their options open and their cashflow solvent.
  11. I wonder if it might hit the onboard currency exchange as well?
  12. Must be that flipping wifi again! 🤣
  13. If you don’t want to connect, you don’t have to.
  14. Dover is one of the most vulnerable ports to bad weather. On the English side, probably the most vulnerable. Doesn’t take much over a force 8 from any direction with south or east in it for them to close Dover Harbour. Which is hardly surprising when you consider where it is built and how narrow the entrances are. I mean, who in their right mind thought it would be a good idea to build a port in an area at the base of some cliffs where there is no natural shelter at all, and do it by building out into an open sea that has a 4 knot tide running through it most of the time! But for its location opposite the French coast, no marine engineer would ever have considered putting a port there!
  15. I think it’s performance is very dependent upon number of users. On a busy sailing it can be a waste of space. Having said that, I’d have expected a sailing to Santander in August to have been a busy sailing.
  16. Looks like it was some ignorant reporter putting two and two together and making 13. She is just on normal passage from Plymouth to Roscoff and headed west for a bit before turning south - as is common practice in heavy seas and overnight. A total non-story.
  17. Thanks Ed. “Heading to Falmouth” almost certainly means heading to take shelter in Falmouth Bay. I’d be very surprised if the intention is to actually enter Falmouth harbour. Edit: Not sure how this relates to the current situation as the BF fleet tracker shows Armorique on normal passage from Plymouth heading across to Roscoff (?).
  18. See - if they were triangular then keeping them in place wouldn’t be a problem! 🤣
  19. Well, that’s the first time we have been accused of that! Normally we get told off for slagging off the French! 🤣 “Slagging off” is rather a crude phrase, but if you mean “criticising” then we do not criticise any nationality for the sake of doing so. But discussion of national traits and characteristics is a perfectly legitimate thing to do. It is a fact that some Brits (both at home and abroad) take drinking to an excess, and this can sometimes reflect badly on us as a nation. Nobody, as far as I can tell, has posted anything that is out of order, and for the most part people have just reported their own experiences and observations.
  20. Thought for a minute you were talking about the ferry there, rather than the destination! Made me think - I believe that, with the arrival of Honfleur, this will be the first time BF will have operated a ferry with the same name as one of its ports/destinations. (Albeit, in this case, just a once-per-year cruise destination). Potential for a bit of confusion?!
  21. The last thing I want to see when I go on holiday abroad is other Brits. Always try to go to places where there are unlikely to be any. North coast of Spain is very good for that - it’s essentially a holiday ground for the locals, whereas the Brits seem to feel the need to carry in heading south. Which is great, because you feel like you are in Spain rather than some British enclave abroad.
  22. Back to the topic - it depends on the length of the crossing. Might have some wine with an early lunch on St Malo - Portsmouth. Wouldn’t drink anything within 4 hours of arrival, so unlikely to have anything on the Caen route. Might have an early sailing beer on an afternoon departure from Roscoff. Apart from those, all our sailings tend to be overnight.
  23. I thought there were laws against that sort of behaviour (?). What happened to the crime of being drunk and disorderly in public?
  24. And NL - they have yellow plates.
  25. It was Southampton - Lisbon (there was no ferrrport at Portsmouth then). The ship took about 6 days to complete a Southampton - Lisbon - Tangier - Lisbon - Southampton round trip, so I would imagine the Southampton - Lisbon leg will have taken about 2 days. I would expect that, at today's Pont Aven / Cap Finistere speeds, it would probably be possible to cross from Portsmouth to Lisbon in about 36 hours. Plymouth to Lisbon even less.
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