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  1. alleeganger10

    New Border control technology

    Hope the Schengen Fingerprint requirement/reading system works better than my I pad and I phone, my fingerprint seems to change depending on how much manual work (DIY) I have been doing, the remembered print never lasts longer than a week.
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    Phone call about Club Voyager membership

    Allegedly because of GDPR !? Its announced Here , which is an online version of the club voyage newsletter for April 2018
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    Poole and Brexit

    I like the way the “sir ” guy says he will ask the government about this when they resume sitting. Does he really think they will know? The people of Poole must be really proud the MP who represents them, he obviously upto speed on the important matters on his patch!
  4. Should no deal happen,The revenue stream currently generated for BF from the EU pet travel scheme, will have to be replaced from somewhere, I just hope that it is a ticket price increase/surcharge for those who think this is so funny. Pitty the accountant in Roscoff who is busily modelling the various what if scenarios, they (BF) must be concerned they have new ships to pay for.
  5. In Scallop dredging in France the crewmen of the boats have gauges if the shell of the Coquille is less that 10cm across the shoulders It is not allowed to be landed, and o is thrown back to be caught again. Unlike Pelagic and other trawling methods the fish survive this experience . We are always amused that UK sold coquille, for example in our local Sainsbury's, are always in shells which are smaller than could be landed in France , and always sold in shells, ie not just Noix. In France Noix or whole, tops bottoms and Noix. In January we walked Omaha Beach after the storms, lots of live Coquille were washed up on the beach we them back into the receding tide, so that they may be caught. As CVA says dredging is destructive BUT The French Government via IFREMER monitor the Biomass of Coquille in the bay of the Seine and other grounds and set catch limits accordingly. Anyone who has visited Port en Bessin Beach will have seen the mass of shells beneath the Tour Vauban, these are in fact Dechetts (waste) from the Marrayeur processing that goes on in the Port, thats why the majority of shells are tops and no shell of juveniles are found. Its illegal to dump the shell in the sea nowadfays, they have been there for a long time. The "Scottish" Noix in the posts above will never have been to Scotland even for processing, they would not stand the journey in a refrigerated truck all that way to be deshelled . In P en B there is a centre de marrayage where the noix are manually deshelled.
  6. Look closer......... The MACDUFF fish carton to the right States they are Scottish........see attached. The Coquille are allegedly Scottish (origine Ecosse) even though they are fished from Zone 27. Thats fair. is it?? The could well have been fished and landed by by the big blue Scottish boat, the Honeybourne 3 maybe, landed at Shoreham , Yes Shoreham,! and directly onto the BF ferry at Portsmouth for transfer to Rungis (big fish market and home of Super U) . Thats fair is it ???? Violent Protest wrong? Tell the Pankhurst Family and all UK women that . Would you drink a Bordeaux bottled in the Loire?
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    New Procedure for checking in dogs

    Our dog who is 5 in September, and is now on her 3rd passport ( the last 2 French as they are 20 Euros vs 65 pounds) has never ever been scanned by a Brittany Ferries employee or representative, I believe someone in BF towers has risk assessed this and decided its better for owners to scan . As Jim says Eurotunnel ex France is different. But still the pet owner scans the animal but at least the eurotunnel rep witnesses this being carried out. with the BF method you could have a dog chip matching the passport in your pocket, boot or elsewhere. The recommendations of the drug companies who make vermifuge Drug is to treat once every 6 months,. Rabies vaccines are administered yearly in France, for exactly the same vaccine 3 yearly in the Uk. Because of the stupid vermifuge regs of DEFRA/APHA, Our dog Belle is treated sometime 4 or even 5 times when only one treatment is recommended, by the drug manufacturer. And we have to suffer the consequences eg vomit/Diarrhoea. i have an email from APHA which says that all pets must have been treated for rabies before they can travel to a European country, and yet as Jim says on Eurotunnel ex the UK no checks are made. The pet travel scheme is a complete but expensive farce, it is a flawed system policed by the same people who operate it on behalf of HM gov. So fed up am I with being told my dogs credentials are not in conformity, because this is not filled in, or this should be here and not there, or that should be laminated because thats a sticker and not hand written. I have downloaded the guidance to UK vets, I just wish that vets would read it. Travelling with a dog does have an advantage, since we have had ours, and taken her with us in the car, We have never ever been pulled over at Portsmouth for a security check, it might be that we are lucky, but we travel so often, that it appears to us it’s not just BF who have risk assessed dog carrying cars as a potential Health and Safety risk to employees. I’m not going to mention the absolutely disgusting non existent dog friendly facilities provided by Portsmouth city Council whose elected reps should hang there heads in shame, dogs pay fares too and BF should lobby PCC for more humane facilities at PIP, The gold standard for which must be those at Folkestone and Coquelles.
  8. We hope that someone in BF towers is lobbying the Government Francaise so that a Brexit deal is done. Because the scenario painted by This article in the Connexion newspaper. Would surely destroy BF business overnight. 60 euros visa plus an already expensive ferry crossing AND no return within 90 days of first travel. Oops we hope not. Good for UK holiday resorts mind. Boris and the 2 niges will be pleased, Well one will, as the Lawson variety of Nige has French residency anyway
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    Migrant Issues at BF Ports

    My Neighbours and friends, Portais one and all say "weestreeom", they should know as they work in the fishing industry. Certain crew call it "weestreeham Riva Bella", which I thinks sounds all together better. Riva Bella being the beach, Ouistreham the port area.
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    Cabin Cleaning

    Yes that's right, my memory is that its always beenthe case , it used to be Elior in Caen and Mitie in Pompy. A French author/Journalist Florence Aubenais who had been held hostage in Iraq once took a job cleaning the Ferries at Caen and wrote about her experience in a book its called "le Quai de Ouisterham.". From what i understand, she found the life difficult. See Here (in French) I found this out when i saw an ad for her book signing tour.
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    Normandie & MSM - August

    Jim, We cannot remember the last time we passed through Ouistreham, with all the traffic lights working normally, ie not flashing amber. That’s a normal situation now. IMHO it’s an improvement, except of course when Mr & Mrs BF novice lead the queue out of the port, and have no clue what such a light means, I recall the same happened in St Malo, 35 plus years ago.! The Gendarmerie use the lights like that to keep lorry traffic moving.
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    Immigrants at Ouistreham

    IMHO its best to “go see for yourself”. Like the reporter did,? Albeit he was reporting on a much more important event, the D day celebrations, than spread 3rd hand opinion and from the comfort of wherever you happen to live, As Neil has done, Such things are obviously not good for BF, Ouistreham, Caen France or Europe or even the U.K. I’m not sure the person posting did not have agenda, otherwise why post? I will state again our experience is, and we are on our 6/7th trip this year, ( I lose count) the “Immigrants” pose no danger. It’s not BF fault they are there, nor is it the Ouistreham’s save for the fact that it’s elus, 30 years ago, along with the CCI of Caen had the vision to build a Gare Maritime and help finance the boats that use it. Improving tourism and job prospects in this area beyond imagination.
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    Immigrants at Ouistreham

    Ahh the Daily Mail not like them to over dramatise something and stoke racial hatred. Pot and kettle?
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    Immigrants at Ouistreham

    We traveled back on MSM in the morning of Monday the 11th of June from our D-Day celebration trip, plenty of "Immigrants" were in evidence, as is normal these day, but so too is the heavy Mobile Gendarmerie presence and a squad of French soldiers carrying machine guns patrolling the port and it perimeter. We took our customary dog walk to the beach after check in, passing en route groups and sole "immigrants". as is also customary they did not engage with us or we them. Juliadream I would not let them deter you, we even make the same routine in the dead of winter when it is dark, and feel completely safe. The walk is a signal to our dog who is nearly four and carries her 3 rd passport that we are taking yet another ferry trip (BF does not carry as many dogs as it says, its just the same dog (s) making the same trip). I note with interest that the row of quite old trees planted between the two security fences have recently been cut down, I am amused that the Ville de Ouistreham Riva Bella use this fence to espouse its green credentials of Zero Phyto, while in fact all the vegetation between the fences has be killed with something also. It looks as though yet again changes are being made to the Port as, the yellow line to the Ferry has now been removed and to the landside of the Paul Spriet loading bridge used by Duc De Normandie and Normandie in the early days. New lanes , with hard standings for cabins (douane or check in?) has been constructed. we shall see . At least at Ouistreham dog walking is allowed dog are not banished to hot cars, and facilities though not up to the standard of Coquelles or Folkestone are provided, At Pompey the only facility aimed at dogs is the big black dog bowl full of stale water and covered in moss adjacent to the human toilets which are usually closed out of season to the right of the BF checkin cabins Portsmouth City Council and BF should hang heads in shame at this. Dogs pay too.