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  1. It appears they missed the upper deck around what I presume is officer/crew cabins behind the bridge - it looks a little rust stained at tatty? I am not a fan of the Bridge being all white, makes the ship look older than it is.
  2. It hurts my eyes to look at it! What were they thinking? I thought art was meant to be pleasing to the eye?
  3. Haha Fine Whine! Tbh I am not talking mud everywhere. It is just I used to take a chip off the old man who always washed his car before we went on a road trip. I just don’t bother now. Merely the road grim/film is enough to make people breath in as they can see it up the doors and wings. And yeh if some do lean on it and get marked, that is a lesson for them next time! It may even cause people to re-route around another car when they see the option in front of them 😉
  4. Back to parking issues, one way I have tried to limit threats from the paintwork scratchers with their bags and coats is to arrive on ship in a filthy car.... it tends to focus people’s minds not to get themselves all mucky... they thus do not see my car as a convenient resting post or steadying mechanism....
  5. What I can never understand is the clean and paint the hull the lay her up in the water for nearly 6months? Surely the hull and machinery below waterline will foul up even in the cold of winter. Certainly next two months there will be growth of some sort? I envisaged a layup followed by dry-dock for maintenance and bottom scrub ready for the season, not the other way round?
  6. Hi Gareth yeh I was not implying it was the TSS, only that the traffic formed by the TSS essentially forms a continual 'highway' up the channel. Sorry if I did not make that clear enough. And I also accept she does not have to necessarily give way to all of this traffic. Blooming minefield if you ask me for the crews as each and every situation relies on different parts of the regs to decide who is going to do what! My mate drives the QM2, that is half the reason they stay out of it. . . they are generally too fast!
  7. As Tony eludes Bretagne has the luxury (or not) of spare time on the night crossing. Which means she normally only steams at around 12-15kts, often only 9 or 10kts out of St Malo for a good while. The problem with this, hence the (or not), is she, like all ships is not as stable at slower speeds hence why she may steam slower in sheltered waters then speed up to cross a bigger swelled area, and maybe then get the fins out with the increased speed (they do not work well at slow speed). OR, which is what I am guessing happened in this snapshot, is she has crossed the main traffic line formed by the TSS, so she has had to do a bit of giving way and dodging other ships plying their trade east or west along the Channel. At 12kts she potentially has to do more 'dodging' than if she had plied through at 19-20kts like she does on her day duties. Problem is I cannot see where she is in respect of the English Channel but guessing somewhere NNE of Alderney? Again remember AIS draws a straight line between each position plot so there is an element of falseness with the tracks shown, such that the suggested turns look sharper and or more acute than they really were!
  8. My impression of Bretagne over PA is that the latter is more stable in roll. Which means she rolls/heels a lot less but when it does it does it at a higher frequency, which I have found to be for me, uncomfortable. Whereas Bretagne rolls to a greater degree but pauses before coming back, a more dampened roll in her behaviour, which again for me, I find more comfortable and great for a good kip! It gives her a more relaxed ride so to speak. I would say Bretagne pitches more than PA but again, presumably due to her shorter length and for me seems to do it in a more slow and graceful way! But like everyone says, very subjective and of course every ship has it's worst and best wave-length/frequency, so very hard to compare like for like.
  9. Haha good answer! Not gonna get involved in that one mind!
  10. Sorry Cabin-boy, I know it is tongue in cheek, but you have repeated yourself with message received! Roger did that for you 😉
  11. 5_ShortBlasts

    New Look Revealed

    Could argue they dropped a ball there as now with the larger public area windows being in white, the rust and thus her age, will show up even more to those sat inside. All ships rust obviously, but the blue was good at disguising it to the casual observer.
  12. All interesting stuff, so, is it therefore fact that the Pont is running on diesel despite the outlay of scrubbers - if so this does seem an expensive and pointless project?! Or have I missed something?
  13. Bearing in mind I know diddly squat, but that document just says 'Diesel' - surely that is a generic term for 'Diesel Oil' which could be a variety of grades? Or is the term Heavy Oil still used exclusively for the black stuff? Presumably from the crudest to the more refined that is now burnt on ships without scrubbers... Is it normally a case that if they still use heavy oil, this is reserved for the main engines whereas the gen sets tend to use lighter fuel?
  14. Well that is good to hear. It is like we are potentially turning back time recently with the Police wanting to effectively take an unproductive interest into the AAIB report of a certain accident at an airshow on the south coast recently. Thankfully BALPA stopped this - so far. Otherwise we are going to undo everything we have learnt which would be a tragedy for the future let alone the present. Loss of life is always a motivator to find some as the accused, but it does seem that in many of these incidents and tragedies in all forms of industry, it is not often just one individual to blame or indeed be blamed. Like the HoFE, company culture is one of the biggest contributors.
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