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  1. Are there still wind limit restrictions on Wightlink's W class in the river? If not, that's a total embarrassment as those sort of winds would not has affected the C class. Further more, the reputation of the service will take another dent. Would you use it as a foot passenger? Only to arrive at the Pierto find your ferry isn't running and you are two hours away from the nearest port? No wonder numbers have dropped to the point they can lose a ferry. Very poor situation indeed.
  2. Had 25ft waves when crossing the Bay on the P&O cruise ship Oriana. She kept sailing at 22 knots and she handled it superbly, even if all the pools emptied themselves. Can say I'd want to do similar conditions in a freighter!
  3. Must be an engine issue with her as everytime the wind is over F5-6, she's taken off. Wightlink sneak up to the Ferry Port regularly, wonder if they are trying the linkspans for size? Bet it won't be too long before they move up there. The council would love them to be out of Gunwharf which is ripe for redevelopment and worth ,Illinois. With Ben Ainsley loving next door, shipping movements in the Camber will be often and very tight and I bet he falls out with Wightlink regularly over space as St Clare certainly blocks things up. Plus there is no room for expansion anymore....I think they'd be much better off at the ferry port. The extra sailing time will be less noticeable but the better access, space and fasciitis will improve the service greatly...
  4. Wightlink say they are down to an hourly service between FB and PH due to the high winds, with St. Helen being pulled. Never heard of a SWF7 stopping her before, unless she is down to two engines? Surely then the reason she's been withdrawn is mechanical not weather related?
  5. Pretty sure St. Helen will be retained until all ships are surveyed. An extension of her current certificate can be applied for and has been grated in the past.
  6. A hydrolic pipe burst at Fishbourne apparently. That caused her delay which she slowly caught up with by the evening, even as conditions deteriorated. Had quite a lively crossing on St. Cecilia around the forts....
  7. Hovertravel have been showing off their new design hovercraft to the press today. Apparently they have two front doors for quicker turnarounds...be interesting to see how front loading works at Southsea. I'd imagine the craft are a fair bit smaller than the AP1s...
  8. Dear Stena Line Please rescue us islanders asap...we are desperate!
  9. So what next for Wightlink? Red Funnel carried more cars during the peak summer months than the Fishbourne service. This must be the first time in fifty odd years that's happened? The service constantly runs late. The original Saints look very tired with poor facilities (the toilets are awful) giving a poor impression to the customer. They are carrying less and less vehicles due to their size and St Clare takes far too long to load and cannot operate in all weathers. So new ships are desperately needed for the route to keep up with Red Funnel. For a start, double-deck linkspan operation is a must. A two hour turn round cannot be maintained otherwise. But the ships cannot have similar height to St Clare with the restricted draft, to be more stable in rough weather. The linkspan would need to be repositioned at Gunwharf to allow for longer ships. It would need to be placed where the current layby berth is. Would Wightlink not be better off in the long term moving to the International Port? They would have much more marshalling space and the size limit of any new ships would only be dictated by what would be accommodated at Fishbourne. Moving the linkspan further out would mean less dredging. An extra 10 minutes would be needed to get to the Ferry Port, but time could be made up with a faster operating service across the Solent. Any new ships really have to have the wow factor and be a revolution, like the Saints were back in 1983. Ships of over 100 metres, faster and sleeker would be the way forward.
  10. Watched her plod across the Solent today with what looked like the starboard engine not being used. Crankshaft problems again?
  11. Re: St Helen Mezzanine Deck Failure A failed cable was the culprit. Can poor maintainance be blamed? Wightlink say all elements of the deck were checked in May during annual overhaul. A warn cable would have been identified at the time. Maybe this could be simply put down to component failure? What doesn't help Wightlink with their customers is the poor aesthetics of their ships. I in the past have pointed out how uncared for the ships look. I seem to remember one reply stating that maintainance standards are very good, but money has been saved in recent years through not repainting. All this shows however to the customer, is poor practise. Rusty external staircases, poorly maintained open deck space and smelly toilets do not paint a picture of a company that prides itself in its appearance. Look at Brittany Ferries and Gosport Ferry ships to see my point.
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    St Cecilia

    Re: St Cecilia Isn't St Cecilia now running on diesel now ahead of the 2015 SOLAS conditions?
  13. Re: My Ferry Link - Updates Dieppe Seaways and Norman Spirit would make excellent Portsmoth-Le Havre ships if DFDS decided to concentrate on Dunkirk and leave Calais to P&O/MFL 8-)
  14. Re: New craft for Gosport ferry How about a heated lounge? I know it's only a 5 minute crossing, but in freezing conditions, it's horrible sat in a cold lounge....a welcome break just for the length of the crossing would be so much appriciated!
  15. Re: Wightlink to cut night sailings and staff It makes total sense. I've always thought Wightlink run too many empty nightboats. Traditionally, the Lymington ferry finishes at midnight, as does the Ryde passenger service, with only the Fishbourne ferry running 24 hours a day. Furthermore, Wightlink would be better off demoting ST. CLARE to third boat in the winter months, her capacity is not needed. A further economy could also be gained by introducing a W-class to the Fishbourne run at quiter times....surely a W-Class would cope with overnight loadings?
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