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Gareth

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  1. You think it’s not true that they think that? How do you explain the reduction in Le Havre sailings from what was previously scheduled then? I’d love to hear an alternative explanation.
  2. Yes, it does look like there's been a change in the September and October schedules for Etretat. Instead of the original timetables, Etretat is indeed down for Connemara's Cherbourg/Le Havre split. Curiously, though, the timetable I'm seeing on the BF website still show full service for Barfleur from Poole come September. Maybe the Cherbourg link has proved something of a success then? Can't see why else they would be continuing to run it if Barfleur is back at Poole and assuming Bretagne will be carrying freight come September. But for Le Havre it, sadly, seems to go from bad to worse. No indication yet that even the daily service 7 days per week is going to resume. Presumably they believe that, with passenger traffic down, the Caen ships are able to take most of the freight headed for that area.
  3. I was thinking Stena bought Sealink in 1984. But actually you’re right (it wasn’t actually until 1991). The 1984 purchase was by Sea Containers. Shows how the memory gets muddled! 😳
  4. The clue is that there is a ship that is scheduled to take Galicia’s timetable in November. In other words, Galicia’s timetable exists in November. In other words, it will be easy to slot Galicia in early if she is ready to enter service early. And then the “stand in” ship will be free for other duties. (Such as, for example, slotting into the role she normally fulfils in November, enabling an old lady to take her usual rest....) The clue’s all in the timetables 😀😉.
  5. Hopefully @Sheepish can let us know whether she reloaded again. From the absence of a report to the contrary, I assume she did.
  6. Indeed. Hence if that counts 😉. Red and white Stena, with ships carrying Stena names, no. So you’re right, maybe they’ll run their Le Havre service from Southampton then! 🤣
  7. Portsmouth to CI (and Cherbourg) in Stena Sealink days. (If that counts).
  8. She’s just shot up through the Alderney Race, so I suspect she’s just got the tide behind her.
  9. Or maybe Stena has purchased it for their new Portsmouth-Le Havre route 😉🤣
  10. And more ships are being forecast to continue operating the route than have ever operated it! 😉🤣
  11. Being discussed at length in the 2021 Timetables thread.
  12. Agreed. 25 off-topic posts (including several of mine) have been removed. This thread is about coronavirus, not the BBC or multiculturalism.
  13. I presume she’s sailing directly to Cherbourg tonight (?), but there’s nothing on the BF Sailings Updates page about it.
  14. She might be sailing in tandem with Connemara is this pattern continues through the week!
  15. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Well, Jonno is still convinced she is going to turn into Cotentin!
  16. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Odd to publish them if they’re not yet ready for publication. Does that mean we should regard all of the timetables that have been published for next year as provisional and liable to change whilst changes are integrated?
  17. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    In which case, I wonder why the timetables showing those sailings as being operated by Etretat(?).
  18. I believe it’s canteen Ed 😉😂
  19. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Scarlton, do you know how long Connemara’s charter is for now?
  20. I’m a bit confused - if these are workers for the stevedore company that has stopped trading, how can they be on strike? And if they’re technically not on strike, then is blockading a ramp protected by the laws governing striking? And if not, then isn’t this just a case of causing a civil disturbance that the police should be dealing with? Or are these dockers nothing to do with the stevedore company and “striking” over something else entirely?
  21. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Seems hard to conceive that her future is with BF. Transferring her to Condor seems a no-brainer if they want to get some sort of value out of her.
  22. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Yes, it’s increasingly clear isn’t it. They’re either undecided about whether to continue, or have decided not to and are stalling the announcement. Not good vibes for BF’s Le Havre route at the moment.
  23. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    To be fair, a lot of that talk has originated from BF's own rhetoric, in which "new ships", "new routes", "new travelling experiences" etc have been bigged up. We're all aware that times are uncertain and that BF is in a precarious position. We're all aware that plans are fluid and will almost certainly change. But that doesn't invalidate pontification and speculation about what those plans might be by a group of enthusiasts in an enthusiasts forum.
  24. Gareth

    2021 Timetables

    Sorry to hark back briefly to this question. But I realised, @hhvferry, that there is another way of doing it that avoids moving the Spain 2-nighter to the northbound crossing (which I suspect would be less appealing than the southbound one). The three ships would work a pattern as follows, each staggered by a day. Day 1: 0600 arr Portsmouth; 0900 dep Portsmouth Day 2: 1400 arr Santander; 1700 dep Santander Day 3: 2000 arr Portsmouth; 2300 dep Portsmouth Day 4: 0700 arr Cherbourg; 1530 dep Cherbourg; 1900 arr Portsmouth; 2200 dep Portsmouth Day 5: At Sea Day 6: 0600 arr Santander; 0900 dep Santander Day 7: 1200 arr Portsmouth; 1430 dep Portsmouth; 2000 arr Cherbourg; 2300 dep Cherbourg This would give Portsmouth-Cherbourg at 1430 three days a week, 2300 on three (different) days a week; Cherbourg-Portsmouth at 1530 three days a week and 2300 on three other days. Portsmouth Santander at 0900 three days and 2200 (for 2 nights) three other days. And Santander-Portsmouth at 0900 three days per week and at 1700 on three other days. Crew change day for each ship would be on Day 4 in the cycle. Example (depending on how the days were allocated): Portsmouth-Cherbourg: Mon 2300, Weds 1430, Thurs 1430, Fri 1430, Sat 2300, Sun 2300 Cherbourg-Portsmouth: Mon 1530, Tues 1530, Weds 2300, Thurs 2300, Fri 2300, Sun 1530 Portsmouth-Santander: Mon 2200, Tues 2200, Thurs 0900, Fri 0900, Sat 0900, Sun 2200 Santander-Portsmouth: Tues 0900, Weds 0900, Thurs 0900, Fri 1700, Sat 1700, Sun 1700 (This particular day allocation gives no departure from Portsmouth to Spain on Weds and no departure from Spain to Portsmouth on Mon. Both days on which PA is sailing from/to Plymouth).
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