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Everything posted by Gareth

  1. Partly berth availability, partly BF already run a service from Portsmouth, and partly Poole is where Barfleur is. She spends the night there. What's not entirely clear is what this underpowered thruster is attributable to. Some think it's scrubber-related, and some think it goes all the way back to when she was lengthened during her construction. Maybe it's a combination of the two. I don't remember it being an issue during her earlier years.
  2. I know. What about a Glasgow - Dublin route? Does that sound like it might have viable potential in its own right, and if so, how would the prospect of a direct transfer at Dublin to the Cherbourg ferry appeal?
  3. Nah, don’t get that one, you’ll have to explain! Magic Moments? Chocolate Folly? Mystery Box? 😉
  4. That’s been discussed a zillion times Paully. There are differing views but mine is that her bow thruster is underpowered and she struggles to get off the berth at Poole. If you search the forum you’ll find tug provision at Poole discussed, as well as a suspicion that BF may use weather as an excuse to cancel sailings that are lightly loaded. It’s certainly nothing to do with her ability to cope with a little chop. But cancelling Barfleur when the Caen ships continue to sail is almost routine practice for BF - it happens frequently.
  5. Cairryan-Belfast and Dublin-Cherbourg seems to be a realistic means of reducing driving time. According to Google, Glasgow-Cairnryan takes 2 hours and Belfast-Dublin takes 2 hours. Contrast that with Glasgow-Portsmouth, which theoretically takes 7 hours but probably more likely 8 hours with typical M6 traffic. Going via Ireland could halve the amount of driving needed to get to Cherbourg for anyone travelling from southern Scotland.
  6. At least it's still chocolate (unlike Refreshers)! 🤣 Anyway, I think we should have a Celebration of the high Quality Sweet jokes that have been posted. I need to go away and Digestive them a bit, but I'll be back After Eight.
  7. Hey how did you know?! 🤣
  8. Seems to me like the Wheels are coming off the Wagon.
  9. It's worth remembering that ships are built to be able to sail in just about anything that you might experience in the English Channel. Just look at Marine Traffic on a day when there is a storm blowing, and you will see that it is still full of vessels plying up and down it. A slight complication with ferries compared with other types of vessel is the open-plan nature of the vehicle deck and the danger that would be posed by cargo shifting around in it. But vehicles are chained down when there is any kind of heavy sea expected, and the chains do a remarkable job of securing vehicles in place. So any "safety" considerations that David referred to do not relate to the safety of the vessel itself, it relates to the safety of passengers on board. Conditions become unpleasant, and potentially hazardous, for passengers long before the vessel itself becomes in any danger. Most of the time that sailings are cancelled it is more to do with passenger comfort than anything else. But it would be very rare for such a cancellation in August, and would certainly require more severe conditions than the ones that are currently forecast.
  10. Thanks Millsy. Just talks about "gales or near gales". That means force 7 or 8. That's nothing that would cause BF to cancel.
  11. The conditions are certainly forecast to be unseasonably windy, but I'd be very surprised if they were bad enough to cause cancellation. Currently there are force 8s and 9s in the shipping forecast, but the BF ships sail in those conditions through the year routinely. I'd start to worry about cancellation if you start to see force 10s appearing in the forecast.
  12. We had a discussion about this a while ago. I don't think anyone took the view that is was a realistic prospect, but it was a fun discussion to hold as a theoretical concept. If memory serves, general consensus was that it would need to be from a west coast port, which narrowed it down to somewhere on the Clyde or Cairnryan if departing from Scotland. (And as far as the Clyde was concerned, I think we theorised about installing a roro berth at Greenock)! We also considered use of Liverpool as a departure port. I guess that such a route would need to be freight-orientated to justify it economically.
  13. Just want to temper this conversation by reminding everyone to stay on Topic. 🤣
  14. Your contribution to the top of this page if probably the best so far! I guess it would be dangerous to use NEX (as the only BF vessel that could be accommodated in the CI) just in case it is considered to be a leading indication of plans.
  15. That’s a smart-looking ship! I wonder if anyone at BFHQ back then knew what she’d look like 5 years later! Mind you, an even more inappropriate choice of photograph for a press release about Channel Island services than Tony’s picture of Bretagne! We’ll be having an E-Flexer sailing there next! 🤣
  16. If I remember rightly, the ending of the joint Poole-Cherbourg route was fairly one-sided and not the most cordial. (I think it was Condor who pulled out?). And the abolition of the through-St Malo service was a consequence of reducing to one vessel. So unless you are suggesting that the purchase of Liberation itself was all part of a strange plot to merge the companies, I suspect you are reading too much into things. That was also all a long time ago, and the situation with both companies is now very different to what it was then. I do agree that there could be no basis for the competition authorities to object to a purchase by BF. I also agree with Nick that it would be great to see BF take charge of the CI services. Whether it would turn out to be a shrewd investment or a chain around their finances by BF, only time will tell.....
  17. You made it yourself! Triangle - bakery products! 🤣
  18. Not finding her for 70 years, and then doing so, probably added to the legend as well.
  19. Thanks Colin, very interesting article. Astonishing, really, that this issue was not considered and (at least in principle) resolved before they even started building the Carriers.
  20. Bet you weren’t expecting so many replies! 🤣
  21. Yes, the update was to 12.4 (on an iPhone 7).
  22. Chris - my understanding of the original question was not so much why does she not cross the channel flat out, but why is there a section of the journey around the IoW where she appears to temporarily speed up to a faster speed than the crossing speed.
  23. BF Fleet Tracker is knackered in a different way!
  24. This is what I now get:
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