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  1. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    It's a non story and has been in the pipeline for years regarding unaccompanied freight and has nothing to do with passenger ferries and nothing to do with whether we are in the EU or not. Only 4% of Irish trade is heading to French warehouses, 50% of what they export is for Dutch and German consumers. Only around 12% of what we export to the EU is for France too. One of the major logistical issues was that major terminals such as Sheerness didn't have a compatible rail gauge to that of the tunnel, that's all changed now so it's common sense that RoRo and LoLo road based traffic will diminish passing through Dover. Ireland has 7 weekly RoPax sailings to France which is where the date sensitive and perishable freight transport will stay, as it will on all the ferries crossing the North Sea and English channel, it's a totally different market with a different focus. The biggest losses for the French Western Channel will come when the Spanish northern coast ports have finished expanding by around 2025, by then most of the accompanied freight from the likes of Northern Africa and Spain will be seaborne rather than transiting through France. Nobody seems concerned about the economic effects that will have on the likes of Cherbourg & Caen but as both Spain and France are remaining in the EU that particular politically motivated logistics shake up can't be blamed on Brexit and grab headlines... No, we'll all just rejoice in the convenience of having a ship to sail to Spain on every day.
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    St Nazaire to Gijon

    Further news from Spanish media, La Nueva Espana... Minister of Infrastructure, Fernando Lastra has announced that the local authority in Gijon is to provide 600,000 euros in two payments to re-launch the service with Balearia.
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    Immigrants at Ouistreham

    Personally I think the card scanning is down to professionals targeting holidaymakers, you'll get that on the pier at Brighton... the groups of men in Ouistreham just have the clothes on their backs and sleep under trees. It's interesting that there are zero issues at Le Havre whilst many of those who are finding their way to Cherbourg are targeting the Irish ships, I wonder whether I.F and Stena may consider switching berths?
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    Baie de Seine to leave BF Fleet/ Stena Eflexer to replace

    Thought I'd resurrect this topic with a bit of news in Shippax which may see an extension to the charter of BDS. DFDS have announced a 12 month charter extension of the Courage Class, Grimaldi owned Regina Seaways, a vessel not too dissimilar to my 2nd favourite Spanish vessel. She's currently sailing the route from Sweden to Lithuania - Karlshamn to Klaipeda, which has been one hotly tipped to receive the returning Baie de Seine once back in DFDS colours.
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    Best Excuse Ever

    Mallet needs to be nicked, not his bike.
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    Best Excuse Ever

    I remember walking around Mont St Michel, the steep winding lanes up to the Abbey rather than the ship, Intra Muros too and was surprised at the amount of shops selling flick knives and swords. Maybe it's these they're after?
  7. I think you're spot on. The 12 inch (30 cms) difference between Armorique's draft and that of Bretagne doesn't sound a lot but in terms of the squat effect it can cause significant issues in shallow water which is affected far more at it's lower depths by surges and wind than deeper waters. Bernoulli again, a man we've discussed before in reference to the shallow depths available to shipping in Poole harbour.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    This is FSG's most recent new build after launch. Alf Pollack is the ship on the left. Image is courtesy of the Shippax news bulletin.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Yeah I think the Alf Pollack was the one already outside on the jetty. Looking at the hall webcam this morning her name begins with an 'M'. The Maria something?
  10. Ed ,the problem with coachbuilt motorhomes is they handle like blancmange. In most the habitation floor doesn't start until above the wheelbase so there's quite a high centre of gravity. Some roundabouts can be difficult, it's ironic that in this case it may well be that the driver actually knows what he's doing. Most of us sit on the motorway at a steady 65 as 70 can be a bit hairy as overtaking HGV's can be difficult in terms of wind resistance, a bit like the yellow line on a train platform. Funny that you mention cupboards... Ours has a design issue where the two lower rear cupboards will fly open when braking if they're full, when we bought this one last year I sat at traffic lights with tins of soup around my ankles! It's been the same on them for years. They've finally dealt with it on the 2018 model.
  11. I think it's more to do with the mainstream motorhomes rather than the RV's. You need an HGV licence for one of those so tend to be owned by those who come from that background. Yes there are many coachbuilt and A Class owners who give us fellow MoHo lovers a bad name, I mean, how many driving aids do you want? Reversing cameras, heated & electric mirrors, very responsive gear boxes with hill hold are all industry standard. They can't wait to show you around their glossy panelled German built van but ask them about payload, speed restrictions etc and lots of them don't have a clue. It's why there are so many nearly new vans on the market, they buy them and realise they can't handle them or they don't do their homework and buy a product totally at odds to their needs. You tend to find that it's the owners of the older vans and those who choose to buy preloved who know what they're doing, (rule No1, never buy new they all have issues) There are loads of owners who I wouldn't leave alone with the TV remote far less the keys to a 3.5t+ house on wheels. Many caravan owners are just the same. They tend to think that as the cars ECU and CANBUS are controlling their pride and joy it means they can do any speed they like.
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    DFDS SEAWAYS: News & Updates

    Interesting. I'd say Mont St Michel is a well appointed RoPax I'd even go as far to say that Cap' Finistere offers a more comfortable cruising experience too. Cabins aside, both of the Harwich Stena's have a quite limited customer offer with the traveller walking around thinking "is that it?" especially when they've been eyeing the behemoth before them from the marshalling lanes for up to an hour. You get the feeling that the humble passenger is very much an afterthought. 1300 beds, bars, 3 styles of restaurant and 3000 lane metres... Mmm, where have I heard that before? Pity they don't fit. Accompanied freight demand may well be high and being a Belfast enthusiast I can see your attraction of an enhanced and easier onward connection for those drivers heading from Cairnryan, it does make sense, but the facilities for the terminal at North Shields are no larger than Poole and Ijmuiden doesn't have any to speak of apart from the marshalling lanes with no chance of offering any more.
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    09/02/2019, Bilbao-Portsmouth, 19:30, Etretat

    Wow, how high is it, even most RV's are under 4m? A friend of ours has a 39ft long Legacy which is basically a coach and is around 3.77m. He's nobbled for length rather than height.
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    Event in Les Abers

    It does include the meal and a £17 donation plus you can also take your car (which they'll probably try to part ex on the way!). it's not a bad price really.
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    I don't think so, for me both she and Armorique appeared to be borne from the same ethos as Barfleur and Normandie-one with an emphasis on being a passenger carrier the other predominately for freight and being almost identical up to their public spaces. Maybe if she'd been constructed with a slightly larger pax capacity she could have been utilised more within the fleet over the years?