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  1. I can see a big difference between PA and MV Columbia i.e. the aft ramp or more importantly the absence of a ramp on MV columbia which allows the transfer beams to run all the way from the deck edge to above the enginee room. In the case of PA the aft ramp would have to be either removed or spanned over with long transfer beams from a barge. I would imagine a engine replacement scenario would have been envisaged at design stage with a set protocol e.g. open side hole and transfer beams resting on purposedly strengthened deck structures at these locations.
  2. Stena Europe all the way for me. Made the point of using both of them on my last round trip to Ireland for work. Atmosphere on Stena Europe is better. Isle of Inishmore is not in a good state and in urgent need of TLC. The best description of the car deck floor plates would be "crusty" never seen such a poor state on a UK ferry, not even on Dover-Calais... Food on Stena Europe Stena + lounge is much better than IF. In my opinion, IF is an inferior product when compared to both BF and Stena. Next april I will be travelling Cherbourg-Dublin on WB Yeats (by necessicity) and back Cork-Roscoff on PA (by choice).
  3. crechbleiz

    Golf in Brittany

    Then I would recommend Golf de St Samson near Perros Guirec. Never played there but the surrounding area, the Pink Granite Coast, is a must see in Côtes d'Armor. https://www.google.com/search?q=golf+st+samson+pleumeur+bodou&client=ms-android-vf-gb-revc&prmd=mniv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi17qDI3_nmAhUIUcAKHSkXD-MQ_AUoA3oECBAQAw#imgrc=eGeG_2V5BE-erM Much further afield, there a few nice ones around Nantes. When I studied at the École Polytechnique Nantes we taught golf and we went to Nantes Erdre and L'île d'Or in La Varenne. The latter is on an Island in the Loire River. Pretty amazing place
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    Golf in Brittany

    Golf de Pléneuf Val André on the North Coast is a must for its stunning views. Neighbouring clubs in Sables d'or and les Ajoncs d'or are worth a try.
  5. A lot of assumptions/assertions taken from a picture here. Only saying that with an expert witness background in failure investigation of steel assemblies... I couldn't draw such conclusions from a couple of pictures.
  6. cutlery to replace the disposable plastic cutlery across the fleet?...
  7. The owners of BF, Sica St Pol, are building a large warehouse for their vegetable trading operations. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwi93O-O2MrkAhUSUhoKHca9B-EQzPwBegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.letelegramme.fr%2Ffinistere%2Fsaint-pol-de-leon%2Fplateforme-sica-operationnelle-en-2021-15-03-2019-12232666.php&psig=AOvVaw1gllkQQi4FX3-HP0SmzDit&ust=1568357232111902&cshid=1568270823972
  8. We travelled back from France on last Thursday's St Malo-Ports crossing. Notices regarding issues with specific cards were displayed at each till. The cards in question were Barclays and Capital One credit cards. We paid with Monzo and HSBC cards without problems.
  9. Sorry to contradict you but the same family/design of engines does not mean same engines. So as far as I am concerned MSM does not have the same engines as PA. I believe the engines mounted on Arm and Cotentin are V12s rather than in-line like her sister Armorique. (see pictures in link below) http://www.marine-marchande.net/Reportages/Armorique/0-Armorique.htm According to MAK's documentation the MAK M43C in-line design has a maximum of 9 cylinders. https://www.cat.com/en_GB/products/new/power-systems/marine-power-systems/commercial-propulsion-engines/18547468.html
  10. I thought MSM had in-line 6Cyl engines rather than V12s
  11. If this fact that one engine is damaged beyond repair, BF must be anxious to find out what happened. I may be wrong but I was told that a total of 8 engines of this type are installed on 3 members of the fleet. 4No on PA, 2No on Arm and 2No on Cotentin.
  12. I have just done a return crossing on her and will try to write a report. Overall, mixed feelings but nothing negative other than the absence of music in the bar.
  13. I agree with you. I travelled on Stena Hollandica mid-february. Yes the cabins are excellent and good value but the rest of the ship is no different to Motorway services with below average (but still expensive) food offering. I had dinner in the Metropolitan and it was really underwhelming, pricey and noisy. With hindsight I should have opted for a bowl of Bitterballen and a pint in the bar. The experience onboard BF is far better except for the cabins of course. I will be using both Stena ships next week with a Rail & Sail fare for a business trip to Belgium. I am looking forward to good night sleeps onboard.
  14. Thanks Andy. I will use her for the first time around Easter. Very much looking forward to this trip between cherbourg and Dublin. I will report in due course
  15. I think I will opt for the a la Carte. I prefer quiet surroundings for my meals.
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