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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Haha good answer! Not gonna get involved in that one mind!
  5. Sorry Cabin-boy, I know it is tongue in cheek, but you have repeated yourself with message received! Roger did that for you 😉
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. It does surprise me when it is expected that the man in charge should potentially be sanctioned (if any) post the MAIB/internal report. If it was a genuine, considered decision/action by the skipper/crew or perhaps equipment failure/change in conditions not likely to be expected, then to sanction them is not a very good way to manage and promote safety. If it was deemed a reckless poorly considered action/decision then yes sanctions would be a fair response. To sanction someone or crew for a genuine mistake is actually preventing other crews from reporting (ie admitting) near misses in the day to day operation. It is the awareness of near misses that any company operation can be managed positively, to avoid incidents or accidents in the future, that could well endanger life. The aviation industry is (from my experience at least) making progress in this regard such that crews are more confident to highlight potential errors on their part, the operation, the system or the equipment they use. I would be disappointed if the marine industry has not taken on a similar concept. If I was working under an old fashioned draconian regime, I would be #### scared to start the engines and let the lines go, in the hope of being the least risk option - but a fairly pointless business concept at the same time!
  11. Silver spikes on hull?? Sacrificial Anodes? Those on the rudder are most likely to be, to save them from corrosion.
  12. 5_ShortBlasts

    BF Refits 2017

    Why wait to do it in port? Apart from stocks/equipment/workforce being brought on board it will be done throughout the crossing? Crikey even the QE2 continued to have ceilings and floors ripped up with massive leakings as she crossed the Atlantic after her disastrous refit back in the 80's I think? Much to the annoyance of her guests and the press, but then that was a massive amount of works from an unfinished project and really should not have set sail.. Work at sea is all part of 'ship life' is it not? I had a cabin behind the carpenter's workshop on the QM2 and they were constantly busy repairing and building new odds and sods for the ship!
  13. Would imagine the standard corporate response will be due to legislation and safety etc etc this will not be possible. So best if anyone has done it or thinks they have got one privately arranged to keep their lips sealed as it is only likely to get the crew in the crap.... which ultimately then ruins further chances for others.... if you get one, enjoy and keep your memories to yourself... if these things are overtly happening in front of management on a public domain, they will eventually have no option but to clamp down on their crews to not oblige.
  14. 5_ShortBlasts

    The new world

    I would be amazed, dismayed even, if many people made their decisions based on the assumption there being no consequences. Every decision we make in life comes with consequences, some good some bad. I always accepted that the decision to leave will hurt in the immediate term, the drop in the pound was not rocket science.
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