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  1. It is true for some itinaries. I use this web site https://www.autoroute-eco.fr/
  2. My experience of BDS is only on Portsmouth - Le Havre but I can say that she compares well with the other members of the fleet. I travelled on her a week ago, the sea was fairly agitated and I watched the pilot ship bouncing up and down in the swell while BDS was very stable as we left Le Havre. On the plus points, you should get a double bed in your economie plus cabin. The standard cabins are comfy too with wider berths than on other ships. I would recommend taking a few books to help pass the time as there is very little to do on this ship.
  3. The LNG tankers are powered by... LNG, most of the time, using the boiled off gas from the tanks. Furthermore some of LNG in continental Europe is produced by liquefying natural gas transported by pipeline from Russia and other places.
  4. on BDS tonight. I hope the port will be easily accessible. It is the Jacques Vabre race, not Verde
  5. Well spotted. i was about to post about this plant from the Volvo Trucks group. A couple of my fellow students from Polytechnique Nantes are welding engineers in this plant. One of the most important plants in the group.
  6. The less sophisticated or smaller hydrojet tend to have a bucket shaped deflector which is positioned in the output jet to reverse. http://www.castoldijet.it/en/waterjet_en/15638_en.html Brings back memories of when I worked as a fisherman in the bay of St Brieuc. One of the amphibious barges I worked on had a jet which didn't have a clutch so the neutral was achieved by setting the bucket in its mid position to divide the flow equally between forward and reverse. I also remember being told that the hydrojet were better than propellers in shallow waters for high powered vessels notably because it offers a much reduced draught. The hydrojet are also less vulnerable to entanglement (nets, ropes) than a propeller and rudder arrangement.
  7. crechbleiz

    BF Refits 2017-18

    Thankfully BDS is still scheduled for the 5&6th of November. I am booked on Sunday's 5/11 overnight to Portsmouth. Looking forward to sail on BDS again. We were initially allocated a cabin on deck 6 but got it changed to a deck 8 cabins to avoid being waken up by car alarms...
  8. Planned a long week end with some friends in Guernsey for mid-march. All of us can't afford to be delayed or stranded there on the Monday so we will fly from and to Bristol instead. Pricing was not even considered. On this occasion flights were reasonably priced and available. If Liberation would have been the only option then we wouldn't have bothered with Guernsey and would have gone somewhere else. I guess many people face the same dilemma. I feel that the all Liberation situation is hindering tourism in the Channel Islands. From an engineering point of view the failure of all 3 buckets is strange. Could they been all damaged during when reversing the ship into the one of the berths too hard?
  9. The cafe in the terminal is fine. The choice of food would be restricted to croissants and pain au chocolat though.
  10. spot on Andy. I also noticed the tapered wall. Does anyone know who uses the cabine Armateur? When available I book a Club Plus cabin. I find these cabins very comfy and it's convenient to have the breakfast served in the cabin when you are rushing to get children ready before disembarkation.
  11. I will ask my parents to take a picture of PA off St Quay Portrieux. That's if they fancy going out...
  12. The choice of Montoir (not Montoire, a sleepy town on the Loir which saw the conclusion of the collaboration deal between Vichy and Nazi Germany in 1940...) is an obvious one with its direct access to one of the largest LNG terminals in Europe. Beside the extra costs for building a dual fuel ferry, are the bunkering costs lower with LNG?
  13. I fully agree with your views regarding Etretat being inferior to BDS. I've had on BDS the best night sleep I ever had on a ferry. The standard cabins are amongst the best in the fleet. I personally think that she does not deserve her economie status. Or she does then other members of the fleet should be downgraded e.g barfleur.
  14. I am wondering what are BF obligations for maintaining Roscoff-Cork. After all, PA is not owned by BF but chartered to them. Some shareholders of the owning company (used to be SABEMEN), namely the local authorities in Brittany may have their word to say in case of a withdrawal.
  15. A list of the cabins booked on the next crossing is taped on the corridor walks by BF crew members. Unless you request a particular cabin location when booking, the cabins on day crossings tend to be allocated to particular areas to speed up the cleaning ops. I got it from one the chefs of Bretagne who is a friend. I can only say that this particular morning discussions between the purser and the cleaning manager were not very friendly. I use BF on average 20-30 times per annum and I can definitely say that I experience more issues in Plymouth that any other port when it comes to the cleaning of the ships.
  16. A bit far fetched. Do we need to have the sempiternal wishes of revival of (sometimes failed but providing they include Poole) ferry lines competing with BF or others, not even remotely connected with the topic? apologies for being facetious but... The company "Le Passeur du Trieux" is now offering crossings between Pontrieux and Lezardrieux on their state of the art converted trawler. Do BF and IF need to worry about the launch of a competing service between Lezardrieux and Plymouth or Cork?
  17. The cleaning of Arm cabins is also a frequent issue. I sailed on Arm's Thursday morning 24/08 departing at 08:00. Usual chaos on deck 8 & 9. One would think they would naturally concentrate on the cleaning of the cabins which have been booked for the next (day) crossing... But it would appear that they were cleaning all cabins rather than the above. Regarding the skills of the cleaning staff there's a lot to be said. On this particular morning, a chap was hoovering the table tops in the self service area, obviously the same he used for the floors!! Left me speechless...
  18. Wasn't out trying to dispute your point. Apologies. We both agree in saying the cleaning ops in Plymouth are not efficient.
  19. She does indeed sail at 20h45. However, early boarding is offered and passengers start boarding as early as 18h45 - 19h00. I use this crossing frequently and I have experienced on almost all occasions the situation described in the OP.
  20. Hi Chris. I sampled a Crozes Hermitage (half bottle) on board in June. Was it one of yours? It was very good.
  21. Quite the opposite. PA only spends a few hours in Plymouth. On Thursdays and Sundays, there is approx 3 hours between docking and the boarding of the next passengers.
  22. I agree with you. The cleaning of the cabins in Plymouth is the worst of all BF ports. Inefficient, consistently late with a rude manageress who sits on a folding chair and barks orders at the staff. This is embarassing. I don't blame the staff but it feels like they aren't enough and disorganised.
  23. My parents live in Ploufragan, west of St-Brieuc, which is almost halfway between Roscoff and St-Malo. It takes about an hour either way. It's very handy.
  24. The beach in question is in Morieux. The Communaute de communes collects them close to the shore only. Fortunately that's where the algae are concentrated and rot. Further on the beach, it's only a thin layer and it's not so much of a problem. We've lived with it for 3 decades now and got used to it. The algae is the Ulva Lactuta. It is not toxic (it's actually edible) and has always been here but excessive nitrate levels in the rivers and the rising sea temperature have conducted to its proliferation. The Ulva only becomes an issue when it is packed densely on the shore and rot. The gases emanating from the rotting algae, mostly hydrogen sulfide, are the real hazard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulva_lactuca
  25. The green algae on armorique bow are not related to the ones you are mentioning. The algae on the bow are microscopic but the size of the colonies make them visible. Our holiday house is by the beach in the Baie of St Brieuc. The beach is covered with what looks like a 2 inch layer of wilted lettuce every summer for the last 30 years. The situation is improving though. A lot has been done to reduce the spreading of pig slurry on fields. Biogas plants have been built to use the slurry.
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