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  1. I just remembered the name ... Mobi SDEC See here Like the BF cash cow route, to Ouistreham, it would appear to be a Calvados Department initiative. And not France wide. I obviously spend too much time in the Calvados Bubble!
  2. Don’t most town and villages in France have charging points? I think maybe it’s the Law? An example we know well is St Honorine des Pertes, which in the last census results, (according to Wikipedia) has a population of just over 500 souls, so similar to Arromanches, it has 2 recharging points. Accessed and paid for by a credit type club card like a fuel card in the UK. The same is true of our village, Port en Bessin where the same company has the same 2 place charging point on a parking opposite the supermarket, with a further 2 places on the supermarket car park which were installed during the recent refurb. The French are ace at “urbanisation on the cheap” viz the system of ASL’s used on most new developments, whereby roads, public spaces, drainage infrastructure etc is paid for and the responsibility of the households on the development. By giving permission fo the positioning of such 3rd party supplied and operated charging points increases a Marie’s green credentials enormously, and by implication France’s too. Any new supermarket developments also have to have charging points hence the ones in our village. Next time I pass one I will get a photo with a weblink.
  3. According to the very latest (August 2019) list of pet travel approved routes. See here we can bring our dog back from Caen to Portsmouth via P&O Ferries.. But if she comes back Via Le Havre she must travel in a vehicle, by implication this suggests that on all routes she can come back as a footie or a pawie.? Oh if only dear Boris/ Micheal (Gove), It would be great to have some competition, at least the price might start to go down then. It warms the cockles of my Heart , to know that Her Majesty’s Government, have a collective finger on the pulse of what really goes on, and what really is possible in the real world, and not the Imaginary one, Westminster based, that they inhabit. Come on Mr Cummings, as you know Brexit is a very simple thing, sort it out.
  4. You gotta love this Forum, From a voyage report via stugeron and Train Ferries to Cabin boys miss spent youth in Hampshire where next? 😅
  5. isn't it also one of the few dry docks in the UK able to handle the Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles Carriers? without the perils of the weather and tide at the current solution Rosyth which while being "High security" is a risky and tide dependant venue. see here
  6. Sure? Thats just a BF CS excuse, Tony do you have access to the BF excuse list?. Thats the one they use, if they park you in the bow section of N Ex. And you can’t get out of the drivers door, Or in the summer peak when 4 lane loading for cars , and the little blue cushions are in use for caravans. One would think the essential health and safety consideration of ferry loading was the ability of the passengers to alight the vehicle safely, without damaging someone else’s “Luggage” but no, it’s a completion among the crew to see who can make a customer park his car in the most ridiculous place. They train all year for the Summer season and Friday nights Portsmouth Caen. If it were so complex, it would not be achievable in the short turn round times, which underpin the cash cow routes. Modern Ferries can cope with most offset load conditions, Loading officers seem to have no clue most of the time, witness the many times full mezz decks are full only for the deck below to be half empty. The only time we have ever witnessed any planning - IOM TT time when an area of MSM deck was unused ex Portsmouth, on arrival in Caen the deck had been prepared en route for Strapping down Motorcycles, with wire ropes through lashing points for traitors and staps at the ready. In preparation for the bikes mostly Tourers with panniers etc, which were awaiting boarding the other side, presumably for onwards travel to the Isle of Mann. That must however have been pre planned. Well more preplanned, than just early arrival could facilitate.
  7. Without Fanfare or announcement, or even a courteous email gone... obviously the funds it provided are not needed anymore.
  8. I (we) Agree with, Gareth, Penlan and Rileyman. Most times BF CS sort problems out pretty swiftly.
  9. Surely the best solution IF YOU really don’t know how to disable your alarm, - don’t lock your car. Nobodies is going to Knick it and drive it away are they? The car decks themselves are secured and are under video surveillance. If you put your car in your garage, do you lock it? Dog owners have to leave windows open. Our 5 year old dog has travelled so often she is on her 4th EU passport, Brexit dependant she may yet get to her 5th, nothing has ever been taken from our car through the open windows. That’s why I cannot understand why BF do not have a name and shame policy re car alarms, where offenders are announced and taken to the car deck to unlock offending cars. They should do this “pour le confort de tous” Dogs are fare paying too! But most of all for the canines (and felines) who are assaulted by the sounds of the car alarms for hours on end bouncing off the walls of the car deck, we know when there has been a car alarm problem, our pet is agitated Usially not eating the day after. Dog hearing is not only more sensitive than humans it is more directional, the sound of the alarms and the echos they produce is akin to torture for the animals.
  10. July? Fete Nationale, Party party party Party! French Children with backpacks full of fireworks, nothing to be apprehensive about. I agree MSM desperately needs some TLC. it really isn't the way to treat a cash cow.
  11. Do you really think that the French would go for limitless Yorkshire tea? Surely it would need to be Lemon Flavoured and that would be “ never Appen in Arrogate” the local council would never allow it. The 47th Royal Marines secured Port en Bessin as it was envisaged an Pipeline Under the Ocean “ PLUTO” would terminate there, this never ever happened, Fuel was bought ashore but but only from tankers anchored outside the port. Thus driving the war effort and advancing the front forward, and keeping, for obvious reasons munitions bought ashore through the Mulberry’s and fuel apart. i’m in favour of a WPLUTO Wine Pipeline Under the Ocean idea, it could be a great success, even Boris might approve, if only to make a mess on somebody else’s sofa , Not quite sure what WTO tariff it would come under though! The farmers of St Pol might not be so keen. As it would badly damage one of there bottom lines. But then again that’s nothing a spot of fire 🔥and direct action could not fix. 😅😂😂
  12. I dunno fresh scallops seem to travel well in a cool box with plenty of cool blocks around them, not sure I would try it on a day like today though, but then again it’s not the Scallop season. In the early days of BF it was customary to see fridge lorries leaking water on leaving the ship or on the road out of St Male towards Rennes. when fridges had failed on the crossings for whatever reason. And AFAIK no body died because of it. Could be a nice little earner, much more lucrative than club voyage 2019. A version Blah Blah car for Ferries.
  13. The French love a good sticker.... For the 75th D-Day, Calvados invented a system of stickers needed to travel in and out of a secured secured zone bounded by the RN13, (see seperate post on this site) As they had done for the 70th where I understand the system worked very well. However nobody briefed the Gendarmerie re the modus Operandi of the sticker system. Chaos ensued as the Young Flic(s) on duty at closed road crossing points within the secured zone would not let you passed unless you had a sticker. Needless to say the locals all blamed Macron. And when the Gendarmes said non went home instead of to work. even though the a sticker was not needed, and difficult to get, our local Mairie refusing to issue unless you said you needed to travel into and out of the secured zone.which is what the published rules said. We walked with 300 others in the footsteps of 47th Royal Marines Commando who Liberated Port En Bessin, Walking from Asnelles to the port, the official coach carrying a large amount of walkers from P en B to asnelles was late for the start of the walk but those aboard did eventually catch up. Great system Not.!
  14. Jonno What work do you see being needed at Ouistreham?
  15. Don’t Forget Guilvenec’s original idea was to get the produce from his co operative(s) to a wider market, The new “common market” not to transport Holiday makers from the U.K., that was just a secondary thing. Just a ridiculous as fruit passing the CI by sea only to end up there is, As has been pointed out by detective work on this forum. Fish, Scallops caught in the bay of the Seine, by a Scottish Trawler, landed in Shoreham, finding there way to SuperU in France where they are sold as Scottish, even though the EU required labelling states they were caught in the BDS. Thats what happens when politicians get involved, the worlds has gone mad. And then they prove how stupid they really are by saying they did not realise how important Dover Calais is to our economy. If you look currently on AIS you can see that in the BDS lots of small ships on IFA guard duty, they are guarding works being carried out on IFA2 a DC sub sea cable from Merville, just to the east of Ouistreham to Daedalus ( Lee on Solent) which will provide a second means of France supplying the U.K. with electricity and vice versa. i’m not Sure how the the CI get electricity but I do know it’s not far from the huge Flamanville power station in Manche. We are all inter-dependant on each other in our own way.
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