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The Ferry Man

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  1. A few pictures of Bretagnes arrival this morning. Have to say... the new livery didn't look anywhere near as bad on her as I was expecting (bar the dodgy paintjob). If this was her first BF livery (ie not the previous stripey ones), It would be perfectly fine, I think.
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    Some people will try and park anywhere to avoid car park charges! 😁
  3. Turns out that this is e-flexer number 9! They might overtake the Visentinis as the most common ferry! https://www.vesselfinder.com/news/15014-Stena-RoRo-signs-contract-for-a-ninth-Stena-E-Flexer
  4. Certainly interesting times ahead with four new vessels, just a shame three are sisters though lol (can never satisfy everyone ). Will be intersting to see where she will deploy - I can't believe that BF don't know where she is going though
  5. Certainly after Sept - my crossings to LH have been transferred to Etretat. News has gone quiet with regards the Honfleur, I assume things are progressing, not much (visible) change on the webcam
  6. That is a different type of energy saving propeller-rudder combination, I can't remember off hand the official name. A lot of companies seem to all have their own efficient rudders. I would think it is a type that is more easy to fit during build, compared to the Sub-Props, which look to be more easily fitted. I would think the combination would improve flow efficiency.
  7. Something I saw on the CalMac Enthusiast site - the Red Kestrel hull is based off of the Western Ferries fleet, with RF crew apparently going up to Scotland to see the Western Ferries vessels (http://www.shipsofcalmac.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13195&p=118580#post118580)
  8. Well a very profitable day for ET
  9. Barriers now in use. Will be a interesting to see a Wight Ryder amount of passengers having to ask to be let through to get in/out... especially in the summer Edit: Fratton is equally good - the station building has lost most of it's space to them
  10. So, what exactly is Eurotunnel planning on doing? Do they have enough extra trains to run additional services? Pretty sure I heard/read the tunnel is run under capacity. Surely additional freight trains (not run by ET) is better than extra lorry shuttles?
  11. Isn't this the same Eurotunnel that had a significant debt just wiped clean? I thought the point of these contracts was to move traffic away from Dover/Folkestone/M20 Carpark
  12. Also sped up as well, possible medical issue?
  13. http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/PH-GEOGRAPHY-CHB-00005 http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/PH-GEOGRAPHY-CHB-00011/1 http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/PH-GEOGRAPHY-CHB-00016/1 Portsmouth 1978 - How things have changed!
  14. Might want to update their timetable too, since Normandie is apparently in two routes at the same time from June - I assume Etretat will stay on LH route
  15. Just noticed this on the BF Site (Honfleur ship guide): and *Admittedly nothing new as such* https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/ships/cruise-ferries/honfleur
  16. Thats is a small prop! Must be the first Solent ferry to not use Voiths for some time!
  17. https://www.vesselfinder.com/news/14664-Stena-RoRo-acquires-RoPax-vessel-in-Japan?fbclid=IwAR1OtBY0I7LUPfVyuLPTTEjz-yY-81WuLn614PH34dekRc7hUlK_AWYtdeY As if the E-Flexers weren't enough! To be rebuilt to European Standards and chartered out by summer 2020. Reading the article, Stena appear to have a client for it...
  18. I did actually start the tread wit it being a bit more serious (I have enjoyed reading the ideas though) I was thinking more alonng the lines of "Lifeline services" such as Hythe, Gosport, maybe even Solent, as well as possibly a new operator for West Channel. Thinking about it, was the old Cowes Chain Ferry sponsered by "Hempel"?
  19. When I booked I thought it unlikely to actually be Normandie. Only got a reclining seat, not sure if Etretat has recliners? I know BdS doesn't, which could be interesting if she replaces Normandie.
  20. OK have to admit... I have booked a trip now (rather than later) because of the 10% deposit (I was going anyway, but probably wouldn't have booked it yet, considering its for Sept.) Nice to know it's free to change/amend. I didn't know that! Now to see if it actually is the Normandie I am going to Le Havre on!
  21. Not a very helpful critiscm though - no mention of whats wrong with it... I made a booking fine on it
  22. Just a thought based from the Stena Line discussion. What about ferries being sponsored? Same sort of idea as things like the Emirates Spinnaker Tower, and roundabouts (strangely). I'm sure pictures of Greek Fast Ferries have Vodafone logos and branding on the side. Especially good possibly for routes like Solent routes or Soton - Hythe.
  23. Going to be two Point Class vessels (the green ROROs seen at Marchwood), judgiing from this tweet: https://twitter.com/UKDefJournal/status/1094927822542553088/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc^tfw|twcamp^tweetembed|twterm^1094927822542553088&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fukdefencejournal.org.uk%2Fuk-to-purchase-two-littoral-strike-ships-for-special-forces%2F
  24. My knowledge on economics and the like is sketchy at best, so apologies for what is probably a silly question, but what has actually changed? This new company has, what, given 33 million Euros to pay off the debts and the inevitable late delivery costs for WB Yeats? Has anything been done to actually ensure that the yard remains profitable?
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