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  1. Before the announcement of France coming off Amber Plus the delay was minimal due to lack of traffic. I expect traffic will now significantly pick up.
  2. Côte D'Opale has now entered service from Calais. She did indeed spend a large chunk of the day on Berth 11 in the new port where she had her naming ceremony but moved round to Berth 7 for her first commercial sailing after the Côte Des Flandres departed. On arrival in Dover there was a fireworks display put on to welcome her. For the moment it looks like she will be operating the following crossings:- Ex Dover 0410, 0910, 1345, 1820 and 2305 Ex Calais 0230, 0740, 1225, 1700 and 2140
  3. Côte D'Opale is currently in Calais after her post delivery stint in Dunkirk and some trials in Dover. After crossing from Dover she did a few ins and outs of the new harbour before coming on to Berth 9. I've heard a suggestion that she is due to shift from Berth 9 at lunchtime on the 4th to Berth 11 in the new port where she will stay until her first advertised departure. Will she be running the first commercial service from the new port?
  4. PEC is a Pilot Exemption Certificate for Deck Officers so the ship doesn't need a Pilot as the Officer has proven though an exam, check rides and experience that they are competent at bringing the ship in and out of that port. Some ports issue them to the person so that Officer can use it on any vessel while some also name the vessel that Officer can take in and out. Not sure of SPS but if St Malo are using the same system as Calais then the Orange lanes are for vehicles that have to be checked by Customs. Calais system is actually quite good as the ships have displays onboard showing the vehicles registrations and which lanes they need to follow when they arrive.
  5. Couple of rare photos from the 90's http://ournewhaven.org.uk/page_id__2481_path__0p90p76p87p70p.aspx Pride of Bruges (ex Pride of Free Enterprise) one and only visit to Newhaven for berthing trials. P&O Stena planned to use her on the Newhaven-Dieppe service but continued with the Stena Cambria instead. I believe they even went to the trouble of modifying the Bruges ready to have an internal ramp installed but never put it in. https://www.austal.com/ships/catlink-iii The original Superseacat - Superseacat France in full SeaCo livery. The vessel was not delivered to Sea Containers after a contract dispute where she failed to meet the required speed on trials. Sea Containers went for Fincantieri MDV1200 monohull's instead. Stena Line had planned to charter this vessel for the long promised fast ferry service Newhaven-Dieppe and name her Stena Lynx IV, a crude rendering of her appeared in one brochure, but this fell through and she eventually joined Cat-Link as Cat-Link III. Her place in Newhaven was taken by another Fincantieri MDV1200 , Stena Pegasus.
  6. I think Equasis just hasn't been updated yet as it also doesn't show her change of flag to Bahamas. If she was still officially Normandie Express she'd have to display it somewhere like P&O's Portsmouth Express had to when her official name was Catalonia.
  7. Easiest thing to do would be to stick a couple of Club Class signs on the Fire Doors to the Fwd Lounge and just designate the whole area as Club Lounge or Horizon Lounge. Or have a small area designated Club with a steward doing table service from the Fwd Bar and the rest of the lounge as the Horizon Lounge. Only issue is the Vehicle Deck access but a premium lounge is achievable at minimal cost to the company.
  8. It was for Dover-Calais. There were restrictions in place for the number of unaccompanied trailers per sailing because of the turnaround times so they never carried a huge amount but it did briefly become the only way to ship freight from Dover last month so does have it's uses. North Sea and Liverpool majority of cargo is unaccompanied and they wouldn't dare drop it at Cairnryan either.
  9. P&O had proposed that they would stop taking unaccompanied freight in it's last redundancy announcement. I wonder if there has been a rapid backtracking on that after the Christmas chaos?
  10. Max 4.7m in certain lanes I believe and they have a strengthened area for special heavy cargos. I've certainly seen some interesting stuff come off them while waiting to get off. I wonder how much trade P&O will lose by dropping the Zeebrugge RoRo service, as clearly not everything they take is box shaped for the Elizabeth. P&O North Sea seem to be offering a superior service to BF at the moment for Freight Drivers certainly well above the Galicia. Single cabins have been the norm for quite some time, the food offer has been improved and a packed lunch offered for the onward journey. And I think they are also giving drivers discounts in the shops though that might be a Dover thing.
  11. Pride of Hull/Rotterdam have a Lower Hold (Deck 1), Main Deck high enough for double stack containers(Deck 3), Upper Deck with open area (Deck 5) and then Deck 7 for most passenger vehicles. Pride of Bruges/York have Lower Hold (1), Main Deck (2) and Upper Deck (3) plus Mez Decks on each side of the casing (3a).
  12. The old berth for the Seaway Class in Zeebrugge I think last saw action when it was being used by the Norcape in the 2000's and an adaptor pontoon was positioned in front of it so the lower deck fingers could be lowered on to it and then the Norcape could lower its ramp on to the pontoon. Since then the upper deck has been removed and re-purposed as an additional roadway on the Norsky/Norstream berth. The remaining lower deck is probably unusable, when last I saw it the maintenance walkway on it was quite badly bent, probably from the adaptor pontoon getting stuck under it. Boulogne Hub Port is the diversion port of choice for P&O for long term disruption but that requires the cooperation of Border Force to shift their staff from Calais, when that doesn't happen they operate Dover-Boulogne only and sail light back to Dover. It appears P&O and DFDS sailings to Calais have now resumed.
  13. From my brochure collection the schedules were:- 1995 Dep Portsmouth 0800, 1445 and 2230 Dep Le Havre 0830, 1630 and 2300 1996 Dep Portsmouth 0800, 1445 and 2230 Dep Le Havre 0830, 1600 and 2300 2003 Dep Portsmouth 0730, 1500 and 2230 Dep Le Havre 0830, 1550 and 2330 2005 Dep Portsmouth 0830, 1530 and 2230 Dep Le Havre 0930, 1630 and 2330
  14. P&O is still very much run as separate companies within a company. While it's all managed from one HQ crewing and fleet management etc are still split Dover, North Sea and Irish Sea with different crew T's & C's which means they are not easily interchangeable. There are also more recently created divisions which mix and match from the historic ones. I suspect we shall see Pride of Bruges and one Dover ship return sooner rather than later more for freight demand than passenger.
  15. Both the Bruges and York are technically fine and could be made ready for service in a week or so. However the British side of P&O is coming to the end of the redundancy process so there is unlikely to be enough British Officers and Ratings to have the York and more than one of the laid up Dover ships return to service soon.
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