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  1. I guess it's because Faith is the better freight specialist, and still five years younger at the end of the day.
  2. She's on the run at the moment, just left Fishbourne but only achieving 10kts. Running on three engines?
  3. Only a guess, but as it's extremely early days these may still be trial runs with 'volunteer' trailer companies getting a freebie trip.
  4. Must be the same as the existing ferries, as it'll be using the same link spans.
  5. I didn't really understand this whole post to be honest. Adicat, could you clarify what you meant?
  6. A 'layover berth' is currently under construction in Cowes Harbour, by the union jack hangar. I don't know the precise operational details, but it seems the plan is for the Kestrel to tailgate a car ferry into the harbour, wait alongside, and nip into the link span the moment the car ferry departs. Plenty of time to then unload/load before the next car ferry arrives, even at peak times.
  7. It's even worse than that. They're operating a one craft service, and once the missing craft returns from its essential mods there'll be a brief period of overlap for a month or two, and then the second craft will disappear for something like 6-8 weeks. The MD himself has admitted there'll essentially be a one-craft, unreliable, service until both craft are fully back at the end of March. That'll be close to half a year of (recent) disruption during which time, presumably, half their season ticket holders will have been invited to renew. I wonder how many have switched to Wightlink?
  8. Last I saw of her was alongside at Wight Shipyard (the union jack hangar) during Cowes Week. Not been down that way since though.
  9. Pretty sure that’s just an urban myth, but I’d have to re-read the “Fishbourne Ferry” book to be certain.
  10. Anyone know why Wight Sun's been stationary in the Solent for the last four hours or so? I assume it some kind of exercise, as it looks like she left straight from the hulk soon after 11am (i.e. she didn't load up at Gunwharf).
  11. If they're going down to 2, this is not good news.
  12. It's an interesting conjecture, but here's my 2 or 3 cents (from the IW)... Obviously you could fit pretty much any ferry anywhere if you carried out major engineering work and got rid of existing infrastructure, but Yarmouth is never the place for that any more than somewhere like Lymington would be. Yarmouth's a heavily protected ancient town in the sparsely populated West Wight. The majority of arriving traffic already has to traverse most of the Island, and the current infrastructure isn't up to handling any more traffic. There's no demand for a Poole route anyway, even if it was to go somewhere useful like East Cowes, not even during the short summer peak. Poole's in the wrong part of the UK, isn't that great to get to. Mind you, you could say the same about Lymington, but at least it's close. I imagine a ferry like Libby, with its huge fuel consumption, is only economical when full and over large distances, with people spending money on board. So no, I don't see this being in any way a viable proposition.
  13. I think most ro-ro cross-Solent ferries were described as ugly when new. The St Class certainly were - huge boxy things with oversized bridge and ugly square funnels, as was St Clare, not to mention Red Funnel's single-ended Castle sisters. The original Raptors were originally quite pleasing on the eye in my opinion, before being stretched. But they all grow on you, and we remember them all with fondness now
  14. Meanwhile, the former Scoot proprietors have attempted to start an airline... http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/scoot-ferries-couple-launch-Powdair-airline-and-ask-for-3-million-after-backer-walks-away-317300.aspx
  15. My guess is this ferry's all about efficiency, and a directional hull can be far cleaner through the water, saving on fuel. Another factor is that the prow of the ship isn't visible from St Clare's bridge, meaning they need cameras to see what's going on. Not sure if that's cured by placing the bridge forward on VoW.
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